Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the main street of Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, during a general election canvassing stop. Photograph: Alan Betson

It may not seem like it, but we are now entering the electoral end zone. A dull and boring general election has yet to catch the public imagination.(...)

Joan Burton in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. The general election is just weeks away and Government TDs could be expected to be fretting over whether the tardiness of the Coalition response will cost them votes. But not many are. Photo: RollingNews.ie

One of the arguments made by proponents of a November election was that unexpected events in the depths of winter could knock the Government off cours(...)

 Micheál Martin: better effort should have been made to connect ‘taxes to ability to pay’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil will cap the revenue that can be raised through property tax but will give local authorities more flexibility to set their own rates if it(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin for the Fine Gael dinner on Saturday  night, October 17th, 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fine Gael will radically reduce income taxes if re-elected to Government in order to make Ireland a low-tax economy, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Mr(...)

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Third-level student grants will be available to asylum seekers for the first time from next month under changes announced by Minister for Education Ja(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny celebrate the confirmation of the Yes result in the Same-sex Marriage Referendum at Dublin Castle on May 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has hailed the passing of the Same-sex Marriage Referendum as a “sound of pioneering leadership” from Ireland to the rest of the (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has described the protestors who confronted former Taoiseach Brian Cowen as he got into his car as “fascists”. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has described the protestors who confronted former Taoiseach Brian Cowen as he got into his car as “fascists” and sa(...)

IFA general secretary Pat Smith, book editor Matt Dempsey, Ray MacSharry and IFA president Eddie Downey at the book launch. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Former EU commissioner Ray MacSharry has challenged Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald to come “out on the street” and repeat allegations she m(...)

An inquiry by Mr Justice Nial Fennelly into the Garda taping controversy is preparing to distribute its draft report on the resignation of former commissioner Martin Callinan following the conclusion of Ian Bailey’s High Court action.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

An inquiry into the Garda taping controversy is preparing to distribute its draft report on the resignation of former commissioner Martin Callinan fol(...)

An alliance of Independent TDs attending an event in the Bridge Hotel, Tullamore on Saturday

Independent TDs in a new alliance will not strike any individual deals with political parties in exchange for supporting a government, Dublin Rathdown(...)