The number of Dáil seats has been cut from 166 to 158 and the number of constituencies from 43 to 40. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Big changes in the shape and size of many Dáil constituencies have changed the electoral map of Ireland since the last general election. T(...)

“In order to survive Labour TDs will have to get enough first preference votes to keep their heads above water for long enough to benefit from transfers.”

Sinn Féin’s attempt to promote an election transfer pact with other antiwater-charge campaigners highlights the important role vote transfers will pla(...)

 Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris has announced a new tendering competition for public sector legal services.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A new system of tendering for legal services for all public bodies has been announced by Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris. (...)

The International Agency for Research on Cancer report also suggested that red meat was a likely cause of some cancers. Photograph: Getty Images

The HSE is to review new research which suggests processed and red meat can cause cancer to determine if changes are needed to dietary and nutritional(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: “It is 17 years since the Good Friday agreement. There is no place on the island of Ireland for paramilitary activity or organised criminal activity of a type that we now see.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron spoke on the phone last night to discuss two official reports confirming the continued (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton at a press conference on the 2016 Budget at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Differences are emerging between Fine Gael and Labour over plans to abolish the universal social charge during the lifetime of the next government. T(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin delivered an election budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

If ever there was an election budget, the package unveiled on Tuesday by Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin was it. It was a budget with something for (...)

Gerry Adams: The responses point to the continued isolation of Sinn Féin from the political mainstream. Photograph: The Irish Times

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker famously said some years ago that mainstream politicians know what to do but just don’t know how to (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny who discussed the timing of the general election with  Tánaiste Joan Burton on Thursday. Photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny again on Thursday declined to shut down growing speculation that he will opt to hold the general election in November. Speaking (...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly will not change limits for election spending or  reimbursement of candidate expenses in the next  Dáil election. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has decided not to change the limits for election spending or the reimbursement of expenses for candidates at (...)