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The seed of a narrative - that Gerry Adams is “not great on the sums” - had been sown in two media interviews last week. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

As long as Gerry Adams remains leader of Sinn Féin, his past will haunt him, and act as a drag on his party’s fortunes. No, it’s not the past you are(...)

Royston Brady at the Tides hotel on Miami Beach in Florida. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Royston Brady, the former lord mayor of Dublin, arrives in his flash black Mustang GT convertible, wearing dark sunglasses. He is impeccably dressed. (...)

Green Party leader Eamonn Ryan with Cllr Ossian Smyth, both candidates in the general election, in Ringsend today at the launch of the Green’s housing policy. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The latest addition to a crowded political catwalk burst on the scene yesterday during a moody location shoot on a piece of derelict ground close to (...)

Enda Kenny addresses Fine Gael candidates and supporters in Dublin on February 3rd. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The general election campaign got off to a shaky start yesterday, but the great quake came this morning with the results of the latest Irish Times/Ips(...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny at the launch of the Fine Gael general election campaign  at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In and out of the Dáil in less than a minute. After months of dropping hints, Enda Kenny burst from the blocks and was gone, leaving a bewildered col(...)

Conventional wisdom states that Joan Burton’s team is going to take one hell of a beating at the upcoming election. Yet there was little evidence of(...)

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: “Once again, the Labour Party is throwing around election promises like confetti at a wake,’’ she said. “Does the Tánaiste really believe that people have short memories?’’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald thought she saw a wake in the dying days of the 31st Dáil. And she blamed Tánaiste Joan Burton. It was very(...)

Social Democrat TD Stephen Donnelly TD: he said the Government had been elected on a clear mandate to burn the bondholders. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Government speakers denied Minister for Finance Michael Noonan had misled the Dáil on the attitude of European Central Bank president Jean- Claude Tr(...)

Michael Lowry: The Moriarty tribunal found that Lowry, as minister for communications, took money from businessman Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Courts Collins

The argument that Ireland would be a better place if Michael Lowry was not in our national parliament is a strong one. It is not just that he has sho(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at the Fine Gael ardfheis: “Fine Gael has a clear, costed, long-term economic plan to keep the recovery going.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Micheál Martin’s task last week was to get Fianna Fáil in the game. Over the weekend, Enda Kenny’s was to stay ahead of it while simultaneously being(...)

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