Green agenda: At the Green Party manifesto launch in Dublin were (from left): party chairman Roderick O Gorman, leader Eamon Ryan and deputy leader Catherine Martin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Green Party has claimed that climate change will not form part of the national debate without its presence on the political stage. The party on (...)

Party leaders at the TV3/Newstalk debate last night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leaders’ debates live on television are strange animals. It’s good to win, but the priority is not to lose. If you make one big gaffe, or get caught o(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett TD says that if politicians’ wages were the same as those they represent, it would give them “a real incentive to make the decisions”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People Before Profit has said that if its party manifesto was implemented, all TDs would be paid the national industrial wage. At the launch of the m(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Only one not to raise his voice. Photograph: The Irish Times

In terms of the history of political debates, this four-way squabble was more similar to Conor McGregor’s last cage fight in Las Vegas. Of the 90 mi(...)

 Michael Healy Rae: “What I am saying to people in north Kerry is to give me a chance this time and judge me the next time.” File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

It’s a dreary cold February afternoon and Tralee is taciturn. With Christmas well gone and the summer tourists months away, you’d say might be the low(...)

With Danny Healy Rae focusing his efforts on this part of the county, the family political dynasty believes he might have an outside chance of springing a surprise. File photograph: PA Wire

The surprise addition of Danny Healy Rae to the ballot paper in Kerry has the potential to the change the complexion of the race - but his chances of (...)

Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue (above) has 17 per cent support in the opinion poll in Donegal. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil look poised to land a shock result in the general election by taking two seats out of five in the new constituency of Donegal, according t(...)

Renua’s video highlights what it claims are a continuing relationship and contacts between Taoiseach Enda  Kenny and businessman and media owner Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Screengrab of  Renua video

Renua Ireland has launched a robust negative-campaigning video against Fine Gael highlighting the party’s relationship with Independent TD Michael Low(...)

A garda outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin following the fatal shooting of David Byrne there last week.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called on Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams to clarify if weapons used in an attack at Dublin’s Regency Hotel last Friday were pr(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: wants to create 10,000 new public service jobs over five years. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

There is a peculiar danger with Fine Gael’s election campaign and it is this: there is more money around and that allows it scope to do things not pos(...)