Finian McGrath TD says that the major political parties needed to ‘get over themselves’ and ‘respect the mandate of the people in all elections’. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The main political parties are suffering from “intellectual and political snobbery” in its refusal to talk to Independents, says Independent Alliance (...)

Poll position: election posters outside Government Buildings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The election campaign got off to an undignified start on Wednesday with Taoiseach Enda Kenny rushing in and out of the Dáil before a bemused Leas Cean(...)

Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary Patricia King. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The vast bulk of members of the out-going Fine Gael parliamentary party have declined to back a charter drawn up by the trade union movement setting o(...)

John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance group, at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be considerable interest in the performance of Independent candidates, given opinion polls are suggesting they could hold the balance of po(...)

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(...)

 Renua leader Lucinda Creighton. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Labour’s guide for canvassers outlines “five reasons to fear Sinn Féin in government” and claims Lucinda Creighton’s Renua party is “to the right of D(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said when there is somebody who is ‘obviously and self-evidently suited to a particular position, then a Minister...may make that appointment’.

Leading Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross has called on the Government not to engage in an “orgy farewell appointments” to State boards as its term i(...)

 David Begg: defending her decision to appoint Mr Begg as Pensions Authority chairman, Joan Burton said he “has an outstanding record in this area”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste Joan Burton faces a motion of no confidence in the Dáil next week over her decision to bypass a competitive process and appoint former trade (...)

Financial adviser Brendan Burgess tells the board that AIB’s mortgage rates are a rip-off. Photograph: Eric Luke

AIB chairman Richard Pym bears no physical resemblance to Santa Claus, but by handing over a cheque for just under €1.87 billion to the State on Thurs(...)

Lucinda Creighton took to the plinth  to demand that the Government publish the advice it was given by the Attorney General, Máire Whelan, on the setting-up of the IBRC commission. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Every Easter weekend, the teachers’ unions go off for a few days to some hotel or other, looking for notice. And they get it, too: acres of space in (...)