Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny who has managed to guide his party through five years of government to come out of the 31st Dáil with almost the same level of support it had going in. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It’s the smaller party in an outgoing coalition that usually gets the electoral lash but it is very rare for the bigger party to escape without receiv(...)

 New Taoiseach Enda Kenny  is congratulated by colleagues as he leaves Leinster House to drive to Áras an Uachtaráin to meet with President Mary McAleese. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Coalition last month assessed how well it had done in implementing its programme for government. Modest as always, it awarded itself 93 per cent, (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

 Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said there were “obvious questions of probity” in the awarding of an Irish Water contract to Abtran. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Questions have been raised about the awarding of the call service contract for Irish Water to Cork-based company Abtran. Social Democrats TD Catheri(...)

Serving the national interest

Condemning Fianna Fáil for undermining the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) and failing to deliver on regional planning is old hat. But putting an effe(...)

The decentralisation plan piloted by the then minister for finance Charlie McCreevy (above) in 2003, significantly undermined the National Spatial Strategy  that had been drawn up by the same administration, a Department of Environment report said. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Decisions made by Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats to move tens of thousands of public servants out of Dublin derailed national planning rule(...)

Rain pours down during a flag-raising ceremony to mark the opening of the State Commemorative Programme for 2016 in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Prince Charles may be invited to an Easter Rising commemorative event, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has said(...)

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has been criticised for calling Fianna Fáil  the ‘old enemy’. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Niall Collins has criticised Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes for referring to Fianna Fáil as the “old enemy”. Mr Collins sa(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the annual turning on of the Christmas tree lights in Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Criminal charges may follow from the RTE Investigates programme, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil. He was responding to Fianna Fáil lead(...)

The on-again, off-again Anglo-Irish affair known as the peace process was going through one of its more tempestuous phases yesterday. The we(...)