Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Collins

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed the second Special Criminal Court will open on April 4th and condemned the shooting in the Regen(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton with Alan Kelly and Brendan Howlin during the formal launch of the Labour Party General Election campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Labour will abolish Universal Social Charge on all incomes up to €72,000 and clawback the benefit from those earning over €100,000. The party launche(...)

Minister for Communications Alex White: described Tánaiste Joan Burton in Latin as primus inter pares or first among equals when asked about the future of the party post-election if the leader stood down. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Communications Alex White has deflected questions about the Labour Party leadership as controversy over gaffe-prone Minister for Environ(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton  with Alan Kelly and Brendan Howlin TD during the formal launch of the Labour party general election campaign at the Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish TImes

The Labour Party took the battle to the two main Opposition parties at the launch of its general election campaign in Dublin today. Tánaiste Joan Bur(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘What Fine Gael is promising is realistic, unrealistic promises are no good to anyone.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Labour are at odds over plans to introduce universal free GP care within the next five years. Tánaiste Joan Burton insisted the plan ca(...)

Enda Kenny addresses Fine Gael candidates and supporters in Dublin on February 3rd. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The general election campaign got off to a shaky start yesterday, but the great quake came this morning with the results of the latest Irish Times/Ips(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and  Taoiseach  Enda Kenny: €12 billion available over the lifetime of the next government, according to Noonan.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Campaigning in the general election will begin today when Fine Gael launches its “long-term economic plan”. This will include the party’s proposed “r(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny leaving Áras an Uachtaráin after President Michael D Higgins  signed the dissolution of the 31st Dáil in advance of a general election. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

For something so long in the planning, the 2016 general election campaign got off to a decidedly stuttering start for the Coalition parties. In the b(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “She was not in a position to speak or to defend herself, and the whistleblower is clear that the most appalling acts were perpetrated in this case.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The foster father in the southeast abuse controversy contacted then minister for health Michael Noonan to have his “beloved daughter’’ kept with the f(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed his intention to dissolve the 31st Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed his intention to ask President Michael D Higgins to dissolve the 31st Dáil on Wednesday. Mr Kenny told MidWest ra(...)