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(...)

Bobby Aylward (centre) has his hand raised by Carlow-Kilkenny Fianna Fáil colleague John McGuinness on his arrival at Leinster House after winning a byelection in the constituency at the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil put on a united front as it welcomed Carlow-Kilkenny byelection winner Bobby Aylward back to Leinster House. Mr Aylward (60) arrived to t(...)

Which way? Yes and No posters on Merrion Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Senior Government figures are increasingly confident the same-sex marriage referendum will pass. Sources predict the Yes vote could be as high as 60 (...)

John McGuinness, Fianna Fáil’s senior man in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, has jetted off to the Canaries for a week in the sun as the party’s byelection campaign is getting into gear. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government fired the starting gun for the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection on Wednesday. It’s all hands to the pumps for the political parties. E(...)

Irish Dairy Board chairman Aaron Forde: said milk superlevy bill would be ‘potentially one of the highest ever imposed’. Photograph:  Kenneth O’Halloran/JCP.

Concerns that dairy farmers are heading for a “perfect storm” have been raised by members of the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture. The milk (...)

Waterford Institute of Technology. Photograph: David Sleator

Long-awaited plans for a university in the southeast have taken a fresh blow with the decision by Waterford Institute of Technology to pull out of neg(...)

The election of Brian Hayes as an MEP has led to an autumn byelection in Dublin South West.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The reshuffled Government’s first electoral test is expected to come in the autumn in a number of byelections. Voters will be scheduled to go to the (...)

 Michael Ring TD: “It’s fine for some of these people coming from privileged backgrounds and with plenty of money; they don’t have any understanding of how people are hurting on the ground in middle Ireland.”Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring has criticised members of the so-called “five-a-side gang” of young Fine Gael TDs, some of whom are demandin(...)

Michael Ring: said 38 per cent of applications were invalid and more than 2,000 applications were currently being processed

Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring has expressed his frustration at how clubs repeatedly submit invalid applications for sports grants.He told t(...)

Senator Deirdre Clune is planning to run in Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fine Gael is coming under growing pressure from within its own internal organisation to only run two candidates in the Ireland South constituen(...)