Catherine Murphy, Roisin Shorthall and Stephen Donnolly during the launch of the Social Democrats election campaign in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Abolishing water charges and cutting insurance and energy costs could be done with virtually no exchequer cost, according to the Social Democrats. La(...)

Social Democrats launching their manifesto on O’Connell Street, from left Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Roisin Shortall. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The three prominent Independent TDs who came together to form the Social Democrats in July 2015 are offering what they characterise as a “relatively (...)

This fecklessness matters. It means that ministers can get away with pretty much anything. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 31st Dáil should be sent on its way with the words of Oliver Cromwell to the rump parliament of 1653 ringing in its ears: “You have been sat too l(...)

Social Democrat TD Stephen Donnelly TD: he said the Government had been elected on a clear mandate to burn the bondholders. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Government speakers denied Minister for Finance Michael Noonan had misled the Dáil on the attitude of European Central Bank president Jean- Claude Tr(...)

Fianna Fáil enterprise spokesman Dara Calleary told the Ibec business debate political parties are not debating the serious effects a Brexit could have on Ireland.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The Irish political system is not adequately debating the potential consequences of a British exit from the European Union, an election debate for bus(...)

Social Democrats launching their manifesto on O’Connell Street, from left Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Roisin Shortall. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Social Democrats have chosen Stephen Donnelly as their leader “for one night only” for the purposes of a televised pre-election debate. RTÉ has p(...)

The Social Democrats launch their manifesto on O’Connell Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

George HW Bush used to refer disdainfully to the “vision thing”, acknowledging the charge that he lacked an overarching idea of what he wanted to achi(...)

TDs Stephen Donnelly, Róisín Shortall  and Catherine Murphy with other  Social Democrats as they  launch their manifesto on O’Connell Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The next government should not reduce taxes but instead use all available resources for investment in services, the Social Democrats have said. The p(...)

Catherine Murphy TD. The Social Democrats will base their manifesto on three pillars – tackling corruption, responsible economics and health

The Social Democrats are to propose abolishing the HSE and establishing a national health service in their general election manifesto. The party will(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: “These comments recognise that Ireland has achieved a remarkable turnaround.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has defended the Government against criticism by the European Commission that expansionary budget decisions could threaten Irela(...)