Kevin Flaherty believes he will spend the next 20 or 30 years ‘until I get my pension scratching out a living for myself’.

This article is part of The Irish Times Meet the Voters series, profiling ten sample voters in a bid to track the impact of the 2016 General Election(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Green Party was devastated in 2011, losing all six seats in the Dáil. To compound its difficulties, its national support level fell below the cri(...)

The number of Dáil seats has been cut from 166 to 158 and the number of constituencies from 43 to 40. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Big changes in the shape and size of many Dáil constituencies have changed the electoral map of Ireland since the last general election. The number(...)

 General Secretary of Fianna Fáil Seán Dorgan told TDs to rule out the possibility of the party going into coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin after the election campaign. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TDs must tell voters the party is ready for government and Micheál Martin should be the next taoiseach, it was claimed in a rebuke to t(...)

Labour Senator Mairia Cahill with Labour leader Joan Burton. A party sources said “we believe we will be back in government”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Senior Labour Party figures have warned the party could lose up to 20 seats – nearly half its current number – in the next general election. The party(...)

“In order to survive Labour TDs will have to get enough first preference votes to keep their heads above water for long enough to benefit from transfers.”

Sinn Féin’s attempt to promote an election transfer pact with other antiwater-charge campaigners highlights the important role vote transfers will pla(...)

Pact with other anti-water campaigners makes perfect sense for Sinn Féin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s proposed transfer pact with other anti-water campaigners makes perfect sense for the party, even if some of its potential allies don’t (...)

Councillor Ronan McMahon, of Renua, watches the printing of election posters at his place of work in Snap Tallaght, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Renua Ireland’s election platform will be based on “rewarding work, rebuilding trust”. The party, headed by Lucinda Creighton, is the first to (...)

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has said he expects the party’s leadership to change after the next general election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has said he expects the party’s leadership to change after the next general election. Mr McGuinness told The Irish Time(...)

Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with(...)

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