A planned debate in Irish between the party leaders was cancelled due to the lack of fluency of both Labour leader Joan Burton and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The planned party leaders’ debate ‘as Gaeilge’ on TG4 has been abandoned because it was impossible to accommodate the weaker spoken Irish of Joan Burt(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 Fianna Fáil director of elections Billy Kelleher TD (left) and party  leader Micheál Martin TD during the launch of Fianna Fáil’s general election campaign in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party is capable of winning the most seats in the general election and providing an alternative governm(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “She was not in a position to speak or to defend herself, and the whistleblower is clear that the most appalling acts were perpetrated in this case.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The foster father in the southeast abuse controversy contacted then minister for health Michael Noonan to have his “beloved daughter’’ kept with the f(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said a commission of investigation could run parallel with a Garda investigation.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed in the Dáil on Tuesday the Cabinet had agreed a commission of investigation into the abuse controversy in the southeast(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “We had to rebuild all of that structure, Deputy Martin, you have no credibility, zero, zilch, nothing.’’  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach strongly attacked Fianna Fáil and its leader Micheál Martin on Wednesday in heated Dáil exchanges on homelessness. Enda Kenny claimed (...)

 Noel O’Flynn photographed at Leinster House in January 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil Cork North Central TD, Noel O’Flynn has ruled out running in the forthcoming general election following a health scare and discussi(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the party’s ardfheis, at Citywest in Dublin: “There will be no auction politics, no uncommitted promises.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The first major clash of the election campaign has been sparked by a Fianna Fáil proposal to have its promises to the electorate independently costed.(...)