Noel Whelan: The day the election was called was pregnant with damaging scenes and sounds for the Government campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Last December they wanted us to believe it was about the economy, stupid, and that keeping the recovery going required keeping them in government. So (...)

Renua Leader Lucinda Creighton has warned the electorate of voting for parties who think money grows on trees. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has warned the electorate against “voting for parties that believe money grows on trees” as business leaders ex(...)

Catherine Murphy, Roisin Shorthall and Stephen Donnolly during the launch of the Social Democrats election campaign in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Abolishing water charges and cutting insurance and energy costs could be done with virtually no exchequer cost, according to the Social Democrats. La(...)

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said: “Fine Gael is not taking into account pay rises and social welfare.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Green Party has become the first political party to say it would stick to the limits set out by the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council for spending ove(...)

 New Taoiseach Enda Kenny  is congratulated by colleagues as he leaves Leinster House to drive to Áras an Uachtaráin to meet with President Mary McAleese. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Coalition last month assessed how well it had done in implementing its programme for government. Modest as always, it awarded itself 93 per cent, (...)

Finally, after a great deal of huffing, puffing and shape-throwing, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has settled on a date for the general election and will seek (...)

In a way, the parties have been given a free pass to engage in giveaway electioneering by a new concept, given a horrific name which sounds like a Star Trek episode – “the fiscal space”.

It’s like we never had an economic crisis and we are back in the Bertie Ahern days of the late 1990s and early 2000s, when elections were fought on ho(...)

We are already in election mode

Three party conferences and at least half-a-dozen election manifestos will inform voters before polling day arrives, probably in late February. Fianna(...)

Agriculture comprises an eighth of gross domestic product (GDP) in the State, but  emissions from the sector comprise a third of total emissions. The problem is methane emitted by ruminant animals. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

As a developed country with a quickly expanding economy, Ireland will experience significant repercussions during this century as a result of the Pari(...)

Patrick Honohan, outgoing governor of the Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The rate of economic growth is being exaggerated and may be leading to overconfidence in planning for the future, the outgoing Central Bank governo(...)