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(...)

While the party’s themes of fairness and an “Ireland for All” are reflected in promises of more investment in services such as health, there are no big ideas or new initiatives to set it apart. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The old cliche goes that dogs often end up looking like their owners and, in a similar vein, the Fianna Fáil manifesto shows how the party has develop(...)

Cork Chamber president, Barrie O’Connell said sustainable economic and community development was critical for the country. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Business group, Cork Chamber has called on the next government to end the “tax discrimination” of the self-employed by aligning USC and tax credits fo(...)

Minister Leo Varadkar TD with Fine Gael Dublin Bay South candidate Kate O’Connell. while preparations are made for Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, at CHQ, while the party announced their plans to abolish the USC by 2020. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The one thing that every finance expert agrees upon is that the tax system desperately needs to be simplified. That’s true for Ireland and just about (...)

Simon Harris is braving the inevitable gags about babies (and worse), by handing out wet wipes to voters in his Wicklow constituency

Fresh Prince of Greystones His tender years haven’t stopped junior minister Simon Harris from being one of Fine Gael’s top performers. But the younge(...)

Key Sinn Féin figures  launch the party’s election manifesto at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, February 9th, 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Engaging in Fine Gael’s favoured election sport of claiming Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil will jump into Coalition together, Michael Noonan this week said(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald, and Cllr Rose Conway Walsh, at launch of Sinn Féin’s election manifesto in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin will create a higher rate of income tax for those earning more than €100,000 and remove anyone earning less than €19,500 from the Universal (...)

‘There are only two things that will keep me here in Ireland. One is my family, and the second is my blind stupid faith, that surely, surely things have to improve.’

Dear candidate, I appreciated you taking the time to talk to me today. When you stopped by canvassing for the elections, I asked you about your views(...)

The whole basis of the forecasts is that economic growth will continue at a steady pace for the next five years

Lost in space. The election debate has gone down a rabbit hole, and it remains to be seen if, or when, it will emerge. We have spent all week arguin(...)

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(...)