Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the party’s 75th Ard Fheis in Killarney earlier this year: the party is  now effectively on election footing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The two largest Opposition parties expect a general election to take place much earlier than the Government’s declared date of Easter 2016.Senior fi(...)

Eamon Gilmore and  Enda Kenny in Mullingar  at the official launch of the nationwide system of Local Enterprise Offices. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

They got a lovely day for the rolling out of the Local Election Opportunities. But things turned a bit frosty when it came to the unveili(...)

Fine Gael TD Nicky McFadden, who has died aged 51 years after a two-year battle with motor neurone disease, was a Government backbencher who se(...)

Objectors to wind energy developments in the midlands have expressed “absolute dismay” over Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan’s intervention. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Minister of State for Planning Jan O’Sullivan has used her powers to direct Westmeath County Council to remove restrict(...)