Pat Leahy

Pat Leahy

Pat Leahy is one of the country’s most respected political journalists and is the author of two best-selling books on Irish politics, Showtime (2009), and The Price of Power (2013). He has also written and presented a number of documentaries for RTE television. He holds a degree in law from UCD, and was a Reuters fellow at Oxford University.

Pat Leahy's campaign diary

Pat Leahy's campaign diary

Auction politics, promises of tax cuts, promises of spending increases . . . plus ça change

Election 2016: Red C regional breakdown offers crumbs of comfort for hungry parties

Election 2016: Red C regional breakdown offers crumbs of comfort for hungry parties

With just 16 days to go, Political Editor Pat Leahy assesses the campaign so far

Stuttering start to election campaign for coalition parties

Stuttering start to election campaign for coalition parties

Early days marred by behind-the-scenes divisions over debates and campaign strategy

Pat Leahy: decisive moment in campaign might not arrive until the new Dáil meets

Pat Leahy: decisive moment in campaign might not arrive until the new Dáil meets

No campaign was ever decided in the first week

Fiscal chase: Voters want change – but it’s unclear what they want to change to

Fiscal chase: Voters want change – but it’s unclear what they want to change to

Early skirmishes on economy as formation of next government uncertain

Polling data: our regional breakdowns for GE16

Polling data: our regional breakdowns for GE16

Kenny expected to go to the Aras tomorrow to dissolve Dail

Game On: It's time to make some decisions about the next five years

Game On: It's time to make some decisions about the next five years

The consequences of bad politics and bad government are still fresh in everyone’s mind

Pat Leahy: Michael Lowry, the parish pump, Liveline and the banking inquiry

Pat Leahy: Michael Lowry, the parish pump, Liveline and the banking inquiry

TDs will do what people want them to do

Fianna Fail down as coalition holds steady ahead of election

Fianna Fail down as coalition holds steady ahead of election

Kenny expected to dissolve the 31st Dail on Tuesday

COMMENT: there is value in highlighting bad government on eve of election

COMMENT: there is value in highlighting bad government on eve of election

It is still shocking to read through the recent history of Ireland's recent misgovernment

Frontrunner: Enda Kenny is facing an old-style Fine Gael versus Fianna Fáil battle

Frontrunner: Enda Kenny is facing an old-style Fine Gael versus Fianna Fáil battle

But what happens when the dust settles?

Greens complain over exclusion from RTE debate

Greens complain over exclusion from RTE debate

Eamon Ryan has made representation to watchdog

Kelly set to bring social housing plan to cabinet

Kelly set to bring social housing plan to cabinet

Policy designed to lure investors with guaranteed income streams

Pat Leahy: When we do it, it’s called getting the right person for the job.

Pat Leahy: When we do it, it’s called getting the right person for the job.

When you do it, it’s cronyism

Poll: Voters have a rethink over holidays

Poll: Voters have a rethink over holidays

On these figures, forming a government after the election would be difficult, if not impossible