Wooing voters with unrealistic or dangerous promises devalues the strongest card in the party’s hand

Fine Gael delegates cooped up in Dublin’s City West Hotel for their party’s pre-election ardfheis this weekend would do well to heed the warning issue(...)

The Sunday Press was “a family, a very dysfunctional one at times, but [Willie Collins] loved every minute of his working life and all the people at Burgh Quay” [Irish Press group offices above]. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The late Willie Collins was no fan of emotional eulogies. “He had a strong view that in the eyes of God everybody is equal in death,” said son Stephen(...)

Brian Cowen served as taoiseach from May 2008 to March 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Department of the Taoiseach has yet to give the go-ahead for an official portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen, almost five years after he left(...)

Mary Robinson and Kofi Annan: busy day on December 17th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Thursday the 17th will be a busy day for former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson. In the ev(...)

Former taoiseach Jack Lynch (right), with David Andrews (centre) and Sean Barrett at the official opening of the first multi-denominational school, Dalkey school Project National School, in 1984. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Are the snakes coming back? That was the question posed in 1976 by a nasty, sectarian and anonymous pamphlet circulated in response to the Da(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny took his parliamentary party by surprise this week when he said Fine Gael might be willing to allow a free vote on repea(...)

Enda Kenny: underestimated throughout his career. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

‘He’s like an embarrassing uncle at a wedding,” groans a younger political operative who has had frequent dealings with Enda Kenny recently. “E(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There is a growing consensus among Government backbenchers that the general election will be held in late February or early March next year. “B(...)

Enda Kenny  will be watching the polls closely as his Government heads down the final straight. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians of all parties are doing their best to relax in the dog days of August in advance of the frenetic run-in to the general election, but s(...)

  Ciara Kerrigan,  project manager of the National Library’s digitisation of parish registers, showing the new website to  Enda Kenny and Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An online resource for researching family history from the 18th and 19th centuries will prompt a wave of genealogical tourists to visit Ireland in the(...)