Enda Kenny addresses Fine Gael candidates and supporters in Dublin on February 3rd. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The general election campaign got off to a shaky start yesterday, but the great quake came this morning with the results of the latest Irish Times/Ips(...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny at the launch of the Fine Gael general election campaign  at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In and out of the Dáil in less than a minute. After months of dropping hints, Enda Kenny burst from the blocks and was gone, leaving a bewildered col(...)

Conventional wisdom states that Joan Burton’s team is going to take one hell of a beating at the upcoming election. Yet there was little evidence of(...)

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: “Once again, the Labour Party is throwing around election promises like confetti at a wake,’’ she said. “Does the Tánaiste really believe that people have short memories?’’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald thought she saw a wake in the dying days of the 31st Dáil. And she blamed Tánaiste Joan Burton. It was very(...)

Social Democrat TD Stephen Donnelly TD: he said the Government had been elected on a clear mandate to burn the bondholders. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Government speakers denied Minister for Finance Michael Noonan had misled the Dáil on the attitude of European Central Bank president Jean- Claude Tr(...)

Michael Lowry: The Moriarty tribunal found that Lowry, as minister for communications, took money from businessman Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Courts Collins

The argument that Ireland would be a better place if Michael Lowry was not in our national parliament is a strong one. It is not just that he has sho(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at the Fine Gael ardfheis: “Fine Gael has a clear, costed, long-term economic plan to keep the recovery going.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Micheál Martin’s task last week was to get Fianna Fáil in the game. Over the weekend, Enda Kenny’s was to stay ahead of it while simultaneously being(...)

‘The Labour Party conference is the last weekend of January and I think once the Dail resumes after that the Taoiseach may well be minded to go to the Park,’ Pat Rabbitte has said.

Former Labour Party minister Pat Rabbitte has increased speculation that the general election will take place on February 26th. “I’d say it’s about t(...)

Banking inquiry: Outlay of over €1.8m does not include 11 legal representatives that worked with committee for past year. Photograph: The Irish Times

Twenty staff working with the Oireachtas banking inquiry earned in excess of €1.8 million in salary and expenses this year, documents released under t(...)

 Labour TD and former party leader Pat Rabbitte has claimed that Sinn Féin has a vested interest in the maintenance of misery in Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has a vested interest in the maintenance of misery in Ireland, former Labour leader Pat Rabbitte has claimed. Mr Rabbitte ruled out any pot(...)