Fifty years ago this weekend, the Catholic bishop of Clonfert, Dr Thomas Ryan, became remarkably agitated about an item on RTÉ’s Late Late Show that f(...)

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.(...)

Members of the Independent Alliance at Buswells Hotel yesterday: Shane Ross, Deirdre O’Donovan, Paul Gogarty, Tony Murphy, John Halligan, Marie Casserly, Feargal Quinn and Finian McGrath. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Leading members of the Independent Alliance held a press conference in Dublin yesterday morning and loudly insisted that they are not unstable. They (...)

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(...)

It was noticeable in the television debate that Joan Burton  and Enda Kenny performed like a team with complementary messages. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

So far it has been the most curious election campaign anybody in politics can remember. The parties are locked in trench warfare with no sign of anybo(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald set out his party’s plans for the justice system. Phoitograph: Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has moved to reassure the public that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will be given the resources to combat gangland crime a(...)

Fine Gael Mark Kennelly: Kenny’s chief of staff in Government. He is the Taoiseach’s voice in many meetings, largely spending the campaign on the ro(...)

Party leaders at the TV3/Newstalk debate last night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leaders’ debates live on television are strange animals. It’s good to win, but the priority is not to lose. If you make one big gaffe, or get caught o(...)

While the party’s themes of fairness and an “Ireland for All” are reflected in promises of more investment in services such as health, there are no big ideas or new initiatives to set it apart. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The old cliche goes that dogs often end up looking like their owners and, in a similar vein, the Fianna Fáil manifesto shows how the party has develop(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin launching the Fianna Fáil election manifesto entitled “An Ireland for all” in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has denied his party is repeating the mistakes of the past by making a series of promises ahead of the election. M(...)