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

If you follow a political leader around enough on a campaign trail, you find certain words, phrases, even speeches have a habit of repeating themselv(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has claimed the risk to the economy from political instability is real and that cool heads and steady hands are needed to ensure continued growth. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has claimed the risk to the economy from political instability is “real” and that “cool heads” and “steady hands” are needed to e(...)

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. File photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

Ireland faces a “stark choice” at the next election between those who have imposed austerity on the Irish people and those who have an alternative vis(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said that voters should look to Portugal as an example of how “political instability leads to economic instab(...)

 Long game: A valuation  in the same ball park as Permanent TSB’s flotation last year would net about €2.6 billion for a quarter share of AIB –  the next  government would be better advised to bide its time   to recoup the State’s €20.8 billion in the bank’s bailout funds. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Just when AIB thought it was safe to go back to the markets, investors took a large bite out of a number of blue-chip financial stocks on Monday, with(...)

Key Sinn Féin figures  launch the party’s election manifesto at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, February 9th, 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Engaging in Fine Gael’s favoured election sport of claiming Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil will jump into Coalition together, Michael Noonan this week said(...)

Pensioner Catherine O’Brien at her home in Glounthaune, in Co Cork.  Photograph: Michael Mac Sweney/Provision

I was born in Chingford in Essex and grew up around London during the war. I worked as a primary teacher but after I met my husband, Dick, who was als(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  during a Fine Gael press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan last night sought to get Fine Gael’s general election campaign back on track, following days of challenges to the (...)

Poll position: election posters outside Government Buildings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The election campaign got off to an undignified start on Wednesday with Taoiseach Enda Kenny rushing in and out of the Dáil before a bemused Leas Cean(...)

A commission of investigation  will investigate allegations of serious sexual abuse and the relationship between South Eastern Health Board (SEHB), the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the home

The elderly woman who ran the “foster home” in the south east which is at the centre of allegations of child abuse has said the young people who staye(...)