Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  (centre) with Jim O’Callaghan SC (left) legal advisor and justice spokesperson Niall Collins at Leinster House in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will enter this election debating whether it wants to be the strongest opposition party in Leinster House or the smaller party in Governme(...)

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: “Once again, the Labour Party is throwing around election promises like confetti at a wake,’’ she said. “Does the Tánaiste really believe that people have short memories?’’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald thought she saw a wake in the dying days of the 31st Dáil. And she blamed Tánaiste Joan Burton. It was very(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael Ardfheis at Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael founded the State and saved it following the bailout and economic crash, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has claimed. Mr Varadkar was addr(...)

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin speaking at the party’s Ard Fheis, at Citywest, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Micheál Martin was somewhere between delighted and terrified. The half smile on his face, perhaps suppressing a full beam lest those watching at hom(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin at the launch of the party’s advertisement campaign, outside Leinster House. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil TDs have denied their first election poster was a free advert for Fine Gael, insisting it had set out what it intended to do. The party(...)

Joan Burton in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny. The general election is just weeks away and Government TDs could be expected to be fretting over whether the tardiness of the Coalition response will cost them votes. But not many are. Photo:

One of the arguments made by proponents of a November election was that unexpected events in the depths of winter could knock the Government off cours(...)

Anyone who has experienced a flooding event knows how awful it can be in psychological terms because of the damage caused to structures and furnishing(...)

Flooding at Springfield, Co Clare: Minister for Agriculture and the Marine Simon Coveney on a fact-finding mission. Photograph: Gareth Williams/Press 22

The Government will tomorrow approve a substantial increase in funding for flood relief and a new flood forecasting service as it intensifies efforts (...)

Brendan Howlin has said that Labour will not re-enter government ‘at any cost’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour will not re-enter government “at all costs” and must have enough TDs to ensure it has influence in any future coalition, one of the party’s mos(...)

 Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe: “Nearly one third of traffic travels on the outside lane at peak times.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A call has been made to reduce or eliminate the toll on the M50 West Link bridge at certain times of the day to deal with traffic gridlock. Fianna F(...)