Taoiseach Enda Kenny – Pondering an election date .... Averaging out its performance in the 17 polls since mid December, Fine Gael is on 25 per cent, a small improvement on how it performed up to December. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

On December 5th last year, just before the Dáil rose for Christmas, we took some time here to look at how the various parties had performed in a poll (...)

NI Finance Minister  Arlene Foster.  Her first budget has cross-party support.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland’s proposed “fantasy budget”, which won cross party support on Wednesday in Stormont, will buy the Executive “a little breathing space(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin. A Fianna Fáil spokesman said all of its fundraising for 2014 came under the €1,500 limit, above which donations must be publicly declared.

Fianna Fáil was the only major political party not to receive a donation last year above the €1,500 threshold which requires such contributions to be (...)

Tatjana Festerling Pegida  candidate for Dresden’s mayorship. Photograph: Jens Schlueter/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s far-right anti-Islam Pegida movement took nearly 10 per cent of the vote in mayoral elections in its eastern stronghold of Dresden on Sunday(...)

The only poll that mattersCharles Haughey made a mantra out of his standard response to opinion polls saying the only one that mattered was the electi(...)

Labour’s Bridget Phillipson, the first elected MP for the 2015 general election of Houghton and Sunderland South at the Sunderland Tennis Centre count. Photograph: Paul Kingston/PA

Black ballot boxes, sprinting teenage volunteers sporting white gloves, yellow voting slips, eager counting fingers, nervous hovering candidates: at 2(...)

British prime minister David  Cameron met Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Friday to accept a mandate to form the first majority Conservative government since John Major’s surprise victory in 1992. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images 1:40

British prime minister David Cameron won a stunning election victory on Friday, confounding forecasts that the vote would be the closest in decades an(...)

Britain’s political leaders on Tuesday began a final push for votes ahead of Thursday’s knife-edge election. Photograph: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

By Friday, Labour’s campaign chief Douglas Alexander may be Britain’s foreign secretary. Or he may be jobless, beaten by a 20-year-old Scottish Nation(...)

William Hague and his wife, Ffion. In the last election, the former Conservative leader won the Richmond seat by more than 23,000 votes. Photograph: Gerry Penny/AFP/Getty Images

Every vote counts, but some count a lot more than others. When British voters go to the polls on Thursday, the great majority of them will do so knowi(...)

With five days to go before voting, the UK’s general election campaign has lived up to its reputation among commentators as the closest, most fragment(...)