The survey was undertaken on Monday and Tuesday among a representative sample of 1,200 voters aged 18 and over, in face-to-face interviews at 100 sampling points in all constituencies. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 per cent

Support for Fine Gael has recovered, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, which also shows a significant rise in satisfaction with Tao(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton after her address to the Labour party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times  2:20

A series of pre-election pledges including increased child benefit next year have been made by Tánaiste Joan Burton.In her keynote speech to the Labou(...)

“From my perspective as Minister for Finance, the Budget is part of a much broader strategy to manage the economy for growth and job creation,” said Michael Noonan. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA 3:54

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has vowed not to increase taxes on workers and said his tax reform plan would deliver 15,000 jobs.Mr Noonan told d(...)

 Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe: he emphasised that the Government’s decision would be based on wider considerations than the price. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

  There are strong indications that the Government will not sell the State’s 25.1 per cent stake in Aer Lingus to International Consolidat(...)

The Government has pledged to legislate for gay adoption rights before the same-sex marriage referendum. The reform will be part of the Children and Family Relationships Bill, the general scheme of which was published early last year by then minister for justice Alan Shatter, with  a revised version  published last September by his successor, Frances Fitzgerald. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government has pledged that legislation providing for adoption by gay couples will be enacted before the referendum on same-sex marriage in May.Th(...)

Party faithful: A jubilant Charles Haughey at a Fianna Fáil Ardfheis

  A VOLCANIC TEMPER By Stephen Collins   In the spring of 1982, I was a junior reporter with The Evening Press newspaper when(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (pictured) and British prime minister David Cameron will begin two days of talks in Belfast on Thursday aimed at breaking the long running deadlock between the North’s five main parties. Photograph: Collins

The Government in Dublin is cautiously optimistic that the Northern parties can agree a political deal before Christmas.Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Briti(...)

 Mairía Cahill: her controversy has had more impact on potential Sinn Féin voters than the arrest of Gerry Adams in May. photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The controversy surrounding Mairía Cahill has had some impact on the ability of Sinn Féin to attract support, but a majority of people say it will no(...)

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has direct responsibility for the 1916 centenary celebrations. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Relatives of those who fought in the Easter Rising have confirmed they will boycott the launch of the Government’s 2016 draft programme event in Dubli(...)

In 1982 Brian Farrell presided over the first ever televised leaders’ debate  in a general election, between the then heads of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, Charles Haughey  and Garret Fitzgerald  respectively. 4:23

Brian Farrell made an enormous contribution to Irish political life through his work as a broadcaster and an academic.Nobody else before or since has (...)