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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe with children from the local Chinese community at the launch of Chinese New Year celebrations at the Hill Street Family Resource Centre in central Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The last time Ireland had an election on the back of a long economic expansion was 2007. That was the year Pádraig Harrington won his first Open Champ(...)

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (L), Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys, and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  at the Fine Gael launch. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have both promised increases in public spending and tax cuts as the two parties turned to their economic plans on day three (...)

Maureen O’Sullivan TD at the Dáil in 2016. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Dublin Central TD Maureen O’Sullivan has announced that she will not stand for re-election, bringing to an end almost 40 years of representation o(...)

 Britain’s Prince Harry  with Meghan Markle  after they announced their engagement in November 2017. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

When Queen Elizabeth spoke in the Irish language to address the crowd at Dublin Castle in 2011, it felt like a special moment. But by the end of the d(...)

Leo Varadkar: criticised for response to homeless man incident. Photograph: Fran Veale

Good morning, The first full day of campaigning in the 2020 general election was dominated by the issue of homelessness after an incident which was d(...)

More than one-third of the Seanad’s 60 Senators, including 11 former TDs, are running for the Dáil in the general election. File photograph: Tom Honan

More than one-third of the Seanad’s 60 Senators, including 11 former TDs, are running for the Dáil in the general election. Twenty-three members of t(...)

Labour candidate Kevin Humphreys and party leader Brendan Howlin canvassing in Sandymount village, Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/

The Labour Party says it will look for additional spending of between €2.9 billion and €4.4 billion annually to boost public services after the electi(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaves Government Buildings to travel to Áras an Uachtaráin to seek a dissolution of the 32nd Dáil on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Declaring that now was the “best time for the country” to choose its next government, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ended months of speculation on Tuesday mo(...)

“The Taoiseach could have made his announcement indoors, but the imposing backdrop of Government Buildings was the perfect setting for a man being packaged in this election as a European statesman with proven leadership credentials on the international stage.” Photograph: Tom Honan

The last cabinet meeting of the 32nd Dáil was done. Decision made. It was a big moment. As his Ministers watched in silence, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with President Michael D Higgins following Varadkar’s request to dissolve the 32nd Dáil at Áras an Uachtaráin on Tuesday. Photograph: Damien Eagers/PA Wire

Election 2020 is shaping up to be a highly charged contest between Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin to lead the next government. Their past records are(...)

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