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(...)

Former Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore is set to retire from politics at the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore is set to retire from politics at the next general election. Mr Gilmore issued a statement this eveni(...)

A Fine Gael strategy document says “Gilmore is weak and may lose his seat, which would serve FG”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael has outlined the strengths and weaknesses of its own TDs – as well as their opponents – in internal strategy documents prepared for the gene(...)

 TDs who have strong views on abortion were  put on the spot on Tuesday when Independent TD Clare Daly won the right to a debate on her private member’s Bill on fatal foetal abnormalities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins 2:32

Party politics, individual conscience and perceived political advantage all played a part in the positions adopted by TDs in Tuesday’s Dáil vote on a (...)

The Workers’ Party will publish a series of policies and run candidates in the next general election.

The Workers’ Party will publish a series of policies and run candidates in the next general election, according to its president Michael Donnelly. The(...)