Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the main street of Ballyhaunis Co. Mayo during a general election canvassing stop. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

If you follow a political leader around enough on a campaign trail, you find certain words, phrases, even speeches have a habit of repeating themselve(...)

Bishop of Cork and Ross John Buckley. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A Catholic bishop has urged voters to question all general election candidates about their views and voting intentions on repealing the Eighth Amendme(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams (left) will be happiest with the latest opinion poll which show his party up three points. Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael saw its support fall by two points, Joan Burton’s Labour lost two points and Micheál Martin’s Fianna Fáil rose by a point. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Support for Fine Gael and Labour has slumped in the latest opinion poll of the general election campaign. The Red C tracking poll published in the S(...)

Sinn Féin will continue to vote against the annual renewal of emergency legislation to tackle terrorism introduced after the Omagh Bombing, party leader Gerry Adams has told The Irish Times Inside Politics podcast. Mr Adams (right) spoke to Political Reporter Sarah Bardon and presenter Hugh Linehan. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin in government would not pursue people with unpaid water bills or give money back to those who have made payments, party leader Gerry Adams h(...)

“If Labour can hold its nerve, stay focussed, and navigate cleverly between its twin positions of government partner and sensible left-wing option, it will survive the expected storm. Keeping Alan Kelly out of national sight is an essential element of this plan”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The bags have been packed for weeks around Leinster House, and Drapier has been chomping at the bit since budget day. There was never going to be any (...)

Last August I spoke to someone in the political system who put the case – from the point of view of the Government parties – for calling a November ge(...)

Fifty years ago this weekend, the Catholic bishop of Clonfert, Dr Thomas Ryan, became remarkably agitated about an item on RTÉ’s Late Late Show that f(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the main street of Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, during a general election canvassing stop. Photograph: Alan Betson

It may not seem like it, but we are now entering the electoral end zone. A dull and boring general election has yet to catch the public imagination.(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said that voters should look to Portugal as an example of how “political instability leads to economic instab(...)

 FF leader Micheál Martin with Dublin Fingal candidate Lorraine Clifford-Lee. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil general election candidate Lorraine Clifford-Lee has claimed her party colleagues do “not get” the need to repeal the Eighth Amendment. M(...)