Fine Gael party members Frances Fitzgerald, Leo Varadkar, Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is favourite to be appointed tánaiste by Enda Kenny if a Fine Gael-led minority government is put in place. M(...)

  Pat Deering: “It’ll be perceived, rightly or wrongly, as power at all costs and the re-election of Enda at all costs.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Suspending water charges could be seen as Fine Gael and Enda Kenny seeking to hold on to power “at all costs”, a party backbencher said last night. (...)

Joe Carey TD with Pat Breen TD at the Co Clare General Election count in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon.. Photograph by Eamon Ward

First elected to the Dáil in 2002 when he won the only Fine Gael seat in the constituency, Pat Breen (58) has successfully retained that hard fought (...)

Tweeted by the AAA’s Paul Murphy, he  scored a more palpable hit  with this  picture of Enda and Joan as guitar-wielding members of Status Quo.

BAND ON THE RUN Nice to see some maturity at last in the electoral debate as it enters its final week. “The Labour Party so out of touch they don’t ev(...)

Independent election candidate Dr Micheal Harty (centre) chatting to Kinvara men Patrick Quinn, Michael O’Loughlin, Michael O’Loughlin Junior and Patrick O’Loughlin during his visit to Ennis Mart. Photograph: Eamon Ward

A new poll for the Clare constituency has Government TDs losing two of their three seats. In a shake up of the four-seat constituency, the Clare Cham(...)

Dr Liam Glynn and FG TD Pat Breen at the No Doctor No Village campaign meeting in Corofin, Co Clare. Photograph: NAGP

The No Doctor No Village campaign has confirmed it will run a Co Clare GP as a candidate in the upcoming general election. The decision comes follow(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny’s party has moved to comply with gender rules. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael has agreed to add four female candidates to its general election ticket to ensure it meets gender quotas. Ennis-based councillor Mary Howar(...)

Louth deputy Peter Fitzpatrick: former manager of the Louth senior football team said Fergus O’Dowd, his fellow Fine Gael TD and ex-junior minister, is virtually guaranteed his seat. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A Fine Gael TD has asked party members in his constituency to support him over his running mate who he has claimed is “assured” of re-election. Lout(...)

 Mayo GP Dr Gerry Crowley speaking at the No Doctor No Village public meeting. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Jerry Cowley, a Mayo GP who became an Independent TD in 2002 after he became infuriated by the standard of medical care in rural Ireland, stood in fro(...)

Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with(...)