Candidate numbers are also concentrated in Dublin Bay North, which has been described as a “constituency of death” because of the competition. The ballot paper is likely to be about 45 cm (18 inches) long. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The ballot papers handed to voters in Dublin Bay North are likely to be up to half a metre long because of the large number of candidates who have to (...)

Election posters outside Government Buildings in Dublin as the 2016 general election campaign gets underway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Crowdfunding may be more commonly associated with the latest innovations and technology – or indeed cat cafes – but it has also been used to good effe(...)

 Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Hanafin canvasses resident Frank McGee  in the Park area of Cabinteely, in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On a cold, wet, dark February night five years ago, I drove out to Blanchardstown to meet a young Fianna Fáil councillor, David McGuinness. I was doin(...)

 Peter Mathews: said he was given an ‘unexpected’ diagnosis of oesophageal cancer in recent days. File Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Independent Dublin Rathdown TD Peter Mathews has confirmed he has been diagnosed with cancer, but says he is still standing in the general election. (...)

Lucinda Creighton  of Renua Ireland holding a press conference outside the gates of Leinster House in response to the declaration of election. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has said “vast sums of money” are being pumped into her Dublin Bay South constituency in an effort to prevent her re-el(...)

Former Labour Party leaders (from left) Ruairí Quinn (led party from 1997 to 2002), Eamon Gilmore (2007-2014) and Pat Rabbitte (2002-2007): None are seeking re-election in 2016. File photographs: The Irish Times

Nineteen TDs from the 31st Dáil, including several former ministers, have announced they will not stand for re-election later this month. Two Senator(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: theatrical wink towards Dáil press gallery. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

The Taoiseach isn’t sure the Heritage Bill will beat the legislative clock. “I can’t give you a guarantee it will be dealt with finally and fully bef(...)

 DrJames Reilly, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, at  Fine Gael’s 78th ardfheis, at Citywest Hotel, Dublin. “The only way we can win this election is by telling our story - over and over and over again,” he declared.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

For all the highfalutin talk, one line from a warm-up speaker on Enda’s undercard explained what Fine Gael’s weekend was really about. It came from d(...)

Labour’s Joanna Tuffy: I am relatively happy . . . I feel momentum going towards us. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Private polling research by the Labour Party has given it hope that it could capitalise on concerns of a large block of non-Coalition supporters that(...)