Key Sinn Féin figures  launch the party’s election manifesto at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, February 9th, 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Engaging in Fine Gael’s favoured election sport of claiming Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil will jump into Coalition together, Michael Noonan this week said(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue (above) has 17 per cent support in the opinion poll in Donegal. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil look poised to land a shock result in the general election by taking two seats out of five in the new constituency of Donegal, according t(...)

Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher said party priorities include the introduction of a tax on sugar sweetened drinks and the phasing out of alcohol sponsorship in sport. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has promised to recruit an extra 4,000 nurses, 500 consultants and 250 GPs over five years to boost the performance of the health service.(...)

Speaking at an Identity Ireland launch in Cork, Peter O’Loughlin said he was startled by the ferocity of the attack which occurred in Dublin last week prior to the launch of Pegida Ireland. He had also planned to hold an anti-Islam rally. Screengrab from Identity Ireland website.

The chairman of Identity Ireland who was hospitalised after being hit in the head with a blunt object while travelling on the Luas has condemned the m(...)

Fisherman John O’Brien speaks at the European Parliament. Photograph: Loic Jourdain

I’m a fisherman, born and reared on the Donegal island of Inis Bó Finne (Inishbofin). My dad, uncles and older brother all fished, and I began when I (...)

The Whitaker consensus: For my entire lifetime, the three pillars of that consensus have shaped Irish government.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When it comes to Irish elections, the bloody obvious is usually wrong. The most obvious thing about this election is that, on February 26th, the Irish(...)

 Minister Varadkar says that his comments were aimed at management, not doctors and nurses.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar has insisted that he was not talking about doctors and nurses when he called for greater efficiency in the hospital (...)

Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Cllr Máire Devine, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams TD and Cllr Darren O’Rourke at the launch of a billboard campaign outside the Mater Hospital, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin had a good start to the campaign last week and took credit for highlighting the confusion over the Government’s figures on the fiscal space.(...)

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(...)

A touchingly rare display of cross-candidate praise in Dublin Bay South. Renua leader Lucinda Creighton was so taken by Mannix Flynn’s offering for t(...)