Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Shay Murtagh Concrete Products Raharney, Co Westmeath, on the first day of canvassing in the general election. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach made a concrete start to the general election campaign Thursday. It was first stop Meath West and a visit to local company Shay Murtagh(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael Ardfheis at Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael founded the State and saved it following the bailout and economic crash, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has claimed. Mr Varadkar was addr(...)

Television presenter and travel journalist Manchán Magan who will contest the general election for the Green Party.

The television presenter and travel journalist Manchán Magan will contest the general election for the Green Party in the Longford-Westmeath constitu(...)

Jerry Beades: “There’s a lot of unanswered questions.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leinster House was paralysed by gripping indifference on Friday as a tense Seanad election count drove fevered political observers to new heights o(...)

Cycle trails attract tourists seeking active holidays. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

As he officially opened the 40km Mullingar to Athlone Cycleway in Co Westmeath on Sunday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he wants a national strategy for w(...)

Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with(...)

The Longboat Quay apartment complex in Dublin’s docklands, built by Bernard McNamara. Residents  face a possible evacuation or a  bill of €4 million for fire safety works in the building. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

When the shiny new development went up on the banks of the Liffey a decade ago, its name seemed an appropriate nod to Dublin’s rich Viking past. But (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the second day of Fine Gael’s parliamentary party meeting in Adare. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

No sign of pre-election nerves from Fine Gael at their think-in this week. The top brass exuded a sense of quiet satisfaction, as if content in(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Centre Parcs UK chief executive Martin Dalby in Newcastle Woods during the announcement in April of 1,000 jobs for Co Longford with plans for a new Center Parcs in Ballymahon. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Leisure giant Center Parcs is to unveil a scale model of its proposed Irish development in Ballymahon, Co Longford next month. The €200 million Cent(...)

Fine Gael candidate Gabrielle McFadden won the Longford-Westmeath byelection early this morning after a marathon count.She was declared elected at St (...)