Tánaiste Joan Burton said the poll had a smaller sample of voters so there was a very high margin of error at over 4 per cent. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said there are many undecided voters in the election as she played down an opinion poll suggesting she was in grave danger o(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton and party colleagues at the  launch of Labour’s Standing Up For Families childcare  plan.   The Tánaiste  said she would serve the full five-year term as party leader if she retains her seat in Dublin West in the general election. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has insisted she will remain as leader of the Labour Party for a full second term if re-elected. Speaking on Newstalk on Wednesd(...)

Current and former female members of the Oireachtas in Leinster House. Photograph: Houses of the Oireachtas collection

People have long debated the reasons for the lack of women in Irish politics. This time, voters have a real choice to correct the gender imbalance, i(...)

 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(...)