A touchingly rare display of cross-candidate praise in Dublin Bay South. Renua leader Lucinda Creighton was so taken by Mannix Flynn’s offering for t(...)

 Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Hanafin canvasses resident Frank McGee  in the Park area of Cabinteely, in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On a cold, wet, dark February night five years ago, I drove out to Blanchardstown to meet a young Fianna Fáil councillor, David McGuinness. I was doin(...)

 Leo Varadkar  said opinion polls clearly showed it was “still all to play for” in advance of the February 26th general election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on Sunday night reiterated his opposition to any coalition deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil even if it would me(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is seen while canvassing with local candidate Mary Butler in Waterford on Thursday.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Labour are contesting the election with contradictory healthcare policies that cannot be delivered if they get back into government toge(...)

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(...)

 Michael Micheál Martin: “Broadband is as critical as a motorway was a couple of years ago for economic development.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

As metaphors go, it was apt – the Fine Gael poster of a gimlet-eyed Enda Kenny urging people to “Let’s Keep the Recovery Going” gradually disappearing(...)

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(...)

Terry Wogan on air: Gay Byrne, Brendan Balfe and Mike Murphy paid tribute to him on Sunday With Miriam (RTÉ Radio 1). Photograph: Katie Collins/PA

This is Ryan. He talks on the radio. Ryan does not like silly words. He wants things to be simple. The late Terry Wogan may have used childlike senten(...)

Elizabeth Linder, Facebook’s politics and government specialist, said: ‘We’ve seen previously in other countries that conversation on Facebook has increased voter turnout.’  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Health is the number one general election issue Irish people are talking about on Facebook, according to new figures released today. Facebook, which(...)