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(...)

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(...)

The AAA and PBP have formed a joint platform for the general election and held a press conference outside Leinster House on Wednesday to mark the start of the campaign. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times/Files

The housing crisis and the rising costs of rent will be “single biggest issue” during the general election campaign, the Anti Austerity Alliance-Peopl(...)

Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger, who lives in Blanchardstown, said: “My car was broken into before Christmas. That’s a regular feature and people don’t even report it.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Politicians in some rural areas had “jumped on the bandwagon” with claims that rural crime was worsening faster than urban crime as an electioneering (...)

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(...)

Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross said: “We are totally and utterly different from any other body or entity in Irish politics.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leading Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross has said Sinn Féin would need to undergo a “Pauline conversion to democracy” before his group could support(...)

‘We need a left based on principled opposition to austerity and oppression’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Stability: that is the Government’s pitch for its own re-election. While it rings true for the 300 richest people who have increased their wealth from(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton:  “I don’t mean that we will suddenly begin tearing shreds off each other . . . each party fights its corner.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The general election campaign will be a battle of ideas between Fine Gael and Labour, rather than a battle between the Government and Opposition, Tán(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: said the State’s industrial relations machinery was at the disposal of the parties in the nurses’ dispute. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton refused to be drawn in any detail on the performance of Cabinet colleague and fellow Dublin West TD Minister for Health (...)

The number of Dáil seats has been cut from 166 to 158 and the number of constituencies from 43 to 40. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Big changes in the shape and size of many Dáil constituencies have changed the electoral map of Ireland since the last general election. The number(...)