The on-again, off-again Anglo-Irish affair known as the peace process was going through one of its more tempestuous phases yesterday. The we(...)

After a month of negotiations a new Fianna Fail-Labour government was formed on January 12th, 1993, 48 days after the election. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

In light of this week’s Irish Times poll it is worth remembering that a week is a long time in politics, and the weeks between an election an(...)

Greek voters returned Alexis Tsipras to power with a strong election victory on Sunday. Photograph: Michalis Karagiannis/Reuters

As they made their way to cast their ballot in the 72nd primary school in central Athens, some voters were frank in admitting they still had to make u(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden: still weighing up whether his family can cope with the rigours of a national campaign

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s clumsy handling of the controversy over her use of a private email address as secretary of state has left some Democrats unsu(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton is expected to raise the transfer pact proposal at the parliamentary party’s away day in Wicklow next month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

  Tánaiste Joan Burton will ask Labour TDs and Senators to give their assent to a vote transfer pact with Fine Gael when the parliamentary(...)

Brian Hayes: “campaigns have their own dynamic”, with significant shifts taking place in the final week to 10 days

An election statement of common aims between Fine Gael and Labour on issues such as tax and health would only need to be unveiled a month from polling(...)

Judge Patrick McCartan outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge Patrick McCartan (62) was best known in the earlier part of his career as a left-wing politician and as principal of a prominent criminal law pr(...)

Communications consultant Monica Leech secured a €1.25m libel award. Photograph: The Irish Times

Independent Newspapers is to challenge Ireland’s defamation laws at the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that a €1.25 million libel award to c(...)

Marriage is rarely one of true minds, and coalition partnerships are no exception. Invariably these are marriages more of convenience than of convicti(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Fine Gael and Labour are said to be preparing  individual general election packages, to protect each party from being outflanked on key issues. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Labour are preparing to outline individual general election packages to protect each party from being outflanked on key issues on their(...)