Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: reportedly ‘mad for November’ general election. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

In the end it’ll be blamed on the media. The media made him do it. Due to the frenzy of speculation whipped up by journalists, it was impossible to ge(...)

Report suggested a campaign be launched by the HSE to promote greater use of generic drugs. Photograph: Getty Images

Pharmacists should be offered financial incentives to supply certain generic drugs as part of a drive to reduce drugs costs in Ireland, an Oireachtas (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton pictured at the launch of local authority plans for the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme on Thursday. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

Tanaiste Joan Burton has admitted the timing of an election is a matter for the Taoiseach but insisted it should take place next Spring. Speaking on F(...)

Last winter, Leo Varadkar promised to solve the crisis in hospital emergency departments. Last Christmas, Alan Kelly huffed and puffed about how he was going to tackle homelessness.Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Such is the Government’s capacity for self-delusion that it presumes it can fool the rest of us. Enda Kenny ducked and dived several times this week t(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

As tensions between the Coalition parties over the timing of the election emerged in public, senior Fine Gael Ministers insisted the decision is the p(...)

Miriam O’Callaghan is the proposed chair for the second televised debate, which is planned for the RTÉ studios without an audience. Photograph: Eric Luke.

RTÉ has proposed two live televised leaders’ debates during the general election – one involving seven parties, the other confined to the four big pa(...)

Joan Burton raised the timing of the election with the Taoiseach in a meeting the two had before yesterday’s Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Dave Meehan

There is a delicate balance between gently warning your Coalition partner not to call an early election against your wishes and exhibiting what can lo(...)

The UN  hopes to get commitments from more than 190 countries to keep global warming below 2 degrees. Photograph: Kadir van Lohuizen/New York Times

The Government is to lobby the EU for a lower cut in the State’s greenhouse emissions than the proposed 40 per cent target Brussels is seeking. While(...)

The Doctor Dr William Behan Local GP representative As a representative of GPs in Drimnagh, dealing with the HSE for the last ten years, Dr Behan i(...)

Joe Higgins, with Ruth Coppinger, Paul Murphy and Richard Boyd Barrett during the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit press conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 3:22

A merger between two similar left-wing groups may seem like a modest political step, but it was the result of many months of tortuous discussions abou(...)