RTÉ’s exclusion of Green Party leader Eamon Ryan from two party leaders’ debates to be broadcast later this month is fundamentally ‘unfair, undemocratic and unconstitutional’, the High Court has been told. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

RTÉ’s failure to include Green Party leader Eamon Ryan in two party leaders’ debates to be broadcast ahead of this month’s election is fundamentally “(...)

Danny Healy-Rae is to run alongside his brother Michael in the upcoming general election. Photograph: PA Wire

With only a few minutes to go until the noon deadline for handing in nomination papers for the general election, Danny Healy-Rae arrived in the county(...)

Irish hospital emergency departments are worse than those in Gambia and many older people would sooner die at home rather than face the health service, a meeting of pensioners in Cork has heard.

Irish hospital emergency departments are worse than those in Gambia and many older people would sooner die at home rather than face the health service(...)

Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton at Government Buildings. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Support for the two Government parties has fallen in the first opinion poll taken since the Dáil was dissolved and the election campaign began. Fine (...)

Cry Freedom Frankly, the standard of election literature (don’t call it junk mail) being distributed has been pretty appalling. Fair play, then, to (...)

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(...)

 Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan told a press conference at Store Sreet, Dublin gardaí wished to hear from  any retail outlets who sold petrol to anybody in a drinks-type bottle. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The getaway car used in the murder of Eddie Hutch on Monday night was not stolen and “significant progress” has been made in tracing its owner, gardaí(...)

The Green Party says that exclusion of their leader, Eamon Ryan, from an RTÉ leaders’ debate breaches democratic values and RTÉ’s public service obligations. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The High Court has fixed Thursday to hear the Green Party’s legal challenge to RTÉ. The Green Party is taking RTÉ to the High Court over its decisio(...)

Elizabeth Linder, Facebook’s politics and government specialist, said: ‘We’ve seen previously in other countries that conversation on Facebook has increased voter turnout.’  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Health is the number one general election issue Irish people are talking about on Facebook, according to new figures released today. Facebook, which(...)

In engaging with politics, young people seem more likely to engage with issues. The traditional political party structure tends to engage young people who grow up to be the type of political thinkers their parents were.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

In Fiach Kelly’s piece on ‘Bertie’s Children’ in The Irish Times in January, eight 18-year-olds were interviewed, and when asked the question “Are yo(...)