Cry Freedom Frankly, the standard of election literature (don’t call it junk mail) being distributed has been pretty appalling. Fair play, then, to (...)

Pat Kenny will moderate the debate with fellow broadcaster Colette Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The first debate among the leaders of the main political parties will take place on TV3 on Thursday. Enda Kenny, Micheál Martin, Gerry Adams and Joan(...)

Speaking at an Identity Ireland launch in Cork, Peter O’Loughlin said he was startled by the ferocity of the attack which occurred in Dublin last week prior to the launch of Pegida Ireland. He had also planned to hold an anti-Islam rally. Screengrab from Identity Ireland website.

The chairman of Identity Ireland who was hospitalised after being hit in the head with a blunt object while travelling on the Luas has condemned the m(...)

 Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Hanafin canvasses resident Frank McGee  in the Park area of Cabinteely, in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On a cold, wet, dark February night five years ago, I drove out to Blanchardstown to meet a young Fianna Fáil councillor, David McGuinness. I was doin(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton and others arrive for the formal launch of the Labour Party  campaign held at the Bord Gáis Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Somebody in Sinn Féin has a sense of humour. The party launched its election campaign in Dublin’s Royal Irish Academy, otherwise known as the RIA. A l(...)

Some 45 per cent of the new jobs created over the past five years came directly from exports,  Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Fine Gael is the only party contesting the election with a strategy to grow business in order to create jobs, according to Minister for Enterprise and(...)

Elizabeth Linder, Facebook’s politics and government specialist, said: ‘We’ve seen previously in other countries that conversation on Facebook has increased voter turnout.’  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Health is the number one general election issue Irish people are talking about on Facebook, according to new figures released today. Facebook, which(...)

Party leaders will take part in four televised pre-election debates between now and February 26th

Four televised debates for party leaders have been scheduled for the general election campaign. RTÉ has proposed two – one involving seven parties an(...)

The least affluent are betting on Sinn Féin, the most popular party in working-class Ireland and the party of preference for the 18-to-34 generation. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, conducted on Monday and Tuesday of this week prior to the dissolution of the Dáil, shows Fine Gael (on 28 per (...)

Fine Gael and the Labour Party will not be in a position to form a government on their own if the levels of party support identified in the latest Iri(...)