Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the launch of the Sinn Féin election campaign at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin is to set aside almost €1 billon for welfare increases, including reversing some previous welfare cuts, over the lifetime of the next govern(...)

A file image from February 2014 of the then minister for justice Alan Shatter (left) and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said on Friday that Taoiseach Enda Kenny “encouraged him to resign” from his position. Mr Shatter stepped do(...)

 HSE director general Tony O’Brien  said Ann’s family had been encouraged to stop sending their daughter to the foster home from 2009 but were not told of the abuse concerns.

The HSE did not tell the family of a woman with severe intellectual disabilities of its concerns about a risk to her of sexual abuse at a foster home (...)

Generation Selfie: Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Gerry Adams, Martina Anderson (front left) Lynn Boylan, Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Every election in Ireland over the past decade has been forecast as the first “digital election”. None has really lived up to the billing. Back in 2(...)

Voters’ thoughts: some of what members of the focus group said. Illustration: Malte Mueller/fStop/Getty/ITPM

In late January 2016, The Irish Times assembled four focus groups of eight people from different social and geographical backgrounds, to examine what(...)

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: “Once again, the Labour Party is throwing around election promises like confetti at a wake,’’ she said. “Does the Tánaiste really believe that people have short memories?’’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald thought she saw a wake in the dying days of the 31st Dáil. And she blamed Tánaiste Joan Burton. It was very(...)

Fine Gael’s director of elections Brian Hayes has claimed Fianna Fáil cannot be trusted when they say they will not enter coalition with Sinn Féin.

Fine Gael’s director of elections Brian Hayes has claimed Fianna Fáil cannot be trusted when they say they will not enter coalition with Sinn Féin. S(...)

Deputy Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. She said there is no entitlement for TDs, Senators or MEPs to take time off when they have a child. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Politicians should be afforded parental leave, Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald has said. Ms McDonald said there is no entitlement for TDs, Senators or(...)

 Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald   and the party’s president Gerry Adams: A commitment will be made  to extend maternity benefit by six weeks at a cost of €63 million a year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin intends to set maximum fees for childcare costs of €180 a week if elected to government. The party will announce its policy on childcare t(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton said 100 extra scoliosis operations were carried out this year – “a 51 per cent increase on the previous year”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has accused Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald of engaging in a “tsunami of hate and invective’’ during heated Dáil excha(...)