Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Dáil is facing another stalemate next week with the overwhelming majority of Independent TDs unlikely to vote for either Enda Kenny or Micheál Mar(...)

The Dáil: there is a clear view in the OECD report that parliamentarians’ role in the policy deliberations around the budget is much too limited. It is hard to see the “big picture” about what the Government is trying to achieve, or indeed to track whether the Government is making progress towards its goals. Photograph: David Sleator
OECD: How to reform the Dáil

The budget is, for any country, a critical tool of national policy and largely determines whether, and how, plans and ambitions can be transformed int(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to push for greater opposition input into how a budget is formed. File photograph: gareth chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to push for greater opposition input into how a budget is formed while not guaranteeing support for the measures (...)

Now that the final Dáil seats have been filled, the possible configurations of a new government have reduced dramatically. The remaining realistic opt(...)

The Ta and Nil Gates used for manual voting in the Dail Chamber at Leinster Housetaken

To use the hackneyed phrase, “the people have spoken”. One thing is sure: they have not spoken with one voice. This leaves the political system with t(...)

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has said the general election will be ‘make or break’ for the party. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has said the general election will be “make or break” for the party. Ms Creighton said the party is confident about th(...)

In earlier elections, in particular in the 1970s and the 1980s, there was either no agreement or limited agreement across the parties on the likely budget available for policy changes

Over the last 40 years, the way elections have been fought in Ireland has evolved. While in earlier elections, in particular in the 1970s and the 1980(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  during a Fine Gael press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan last night sought to get Fine Gael’s general election campaign back on track, following days of challenges to the (...)

 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(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and  Taoiseach  Enda Kenny: €12 billion available over the lifetime of the next government, according to Noonan.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Campaigning in the general election will begin today when Fine Gael launches its “long-term economic plan”. This will include the party’s proposed “r(...)