Tánaiste Joan Burton and Abi Boxshall (2), from Lucan, at the  launch of Standing Up For Families, Labour’s plan for quality and affordable childcare. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has pledged significant reductions in childcare costs if the Labour Party is returned to Government. Launching the plan along wi(...)

What the voters really want is for politicians to find all the square pegs they can get their hands on and jam them into round holes. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

We want change but also want more of the same Opinion polls are extraordinary. You quickly find out that what the voters really want is for politicia(...)

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(...)

A number of Labour figures have already pointed to Michael McDowell’s climb up a lamppost in Ranelagh in 2002  PHOTOGRAPH - FRANK MILLER

The Taoiseach has finally brought down the curtain on the 31st Dáil after what was probably the longest ever run-in to a general election. The terse(...)

 Willie Collins’s funeral will take place on Monday at 10am in the Church of St Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud, Co Dublin

The death has occurred of Willie Collins, a long-time senior journalist with the Irish Press Group and the father of two renowned journalists, Stephen(...)

Former High Court judge Kevin O’Higgins (above) has for the past 11 months been examining  allegations made by Sgt Maurice McCabe about the conduct of nine Garda investigations between 2007. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Government has agreed to give the Commission of Investigation set up to examine allegations of corruption and malpractice in the gardaí a three-mo(...)

Patrick Connolly, attorney general during the time of the Malcolm Macarthur murder case.

Former attorney general Patrick Connolly, who has died at his home in Dalkey, was a central figure in one of the most extraordinary events to impinge(...)

Former taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Bertie Ahern: in 2001, a Fianna Fáil-led government tried to ban opinion polls in the last week of an election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Eight out of 10 cats prefer a certain brand of petfood, according to the famous advertising campaign. The survey was ludicrous, of course, but it hasn(...)

Michael McHugh being moved from Louth hospital by members of the Garda taskforce before he was charged with the murder of Sgt Patrick Morrissey. Photograph: Tom Conachy

Details of a government decision to commute the death sentence of a “highly intelligent” man who murdered a garda in 1985 are contained in one of the (...)

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, writing in 1985, said: “The content of that statement was grossly defamatory.”  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Current Supreme Court judge Adrian Hardiman threatened to sue government press secretary Peter Prendergast following a row over an RTÉ radio intervie(...)