Noel Dempsey: “At least 500km of the worst-performing water mains have been replaced. There is now a plan to deal with lead pipes.”

There’s a small town in Westmeath called Fore where locals say there are seven wonders; one of which is a river that flows uphill. There is of cour(...)

Joe Higgins with AAA/People Before Profit TD Mick Barry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It may be Trotsky rather than Mao that inspires the AAA but when Cork left winger, Mick Barry takes his seat as a AAA/People Before Profit TD in Dáil (...)

Leo Varadkar is greeted by his father Ashok at the Dublin West count centre. Photograph: Alan Betson

All eyes were on this constituency from early. A potential future leader of Fine Gael, a Tánaiste, a young, upcoming Fianna Fáil candidate and two lef(...)

Paschal Donohoe: Under pressure to retain his seat in Dublin Central

The substantial churn of TDs at the last general election saw a number of ministers lose their seats. The biggest ever cull of office-holders conduct(...)

Anti-Austerity Alliance and People Before Profit have announced a further water charges protest for this coming Saturday in Dublin city centre at 2pm. Photograph: The Irish Times

Abolishing Irish Water would cost €271 million, Anti-Austerity Alliance and People Before Profit (AAA-PBP) have claimed. Socialist Party TD Paul Murp(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny at the launch of the Fine Gael general election campaign  at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In and out of the Dáil in less than a minute. After months of dropping hints, Enda Kenny burst from the blocks and was gone, leaving a bewildered col(...)

Dinny McGinley TD and Robert Dowds TD who are set to retire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leinster House was quiet on Tuesday. An air of calm enveloped the chamber and the corridors. But it was a strange sort of stillness, like that awfu(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to name election day on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has declined to say at what time he will call the general election on Wednesday. Mr Kenny is expected to make the announcement i(...)

Brian Cowen, former taoiseach, prior to his appearance before the banking inquiry. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It was perhaps an unlikely group that set sail as members of this committee; politicians who, by and large, did not know each other, who had never wor(...)