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Explainer: Why are people still talking about the Zappone/Coveney/Varadkar controversy?
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# Merrion Gate

Explainer: Why are people still talking about the Zappone/Coveney/Varadkar controversy?

Sep 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 32,335 Views 83 Comments
  • Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Katherine Zappone have been drawn back into controversy this week.
  • Developments included deleted and revealed texts, FOI requests and an Oireachtas committee.
  • Orla Dwyer takes a look back at what happened in late July and what the situation is now.
Pacquiao 'may not' return to ring after Ugas upset
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Pacquiao 'may not' return to ring after Ugas upset

Aug 22nd 2021, 3:09 PM 7,322 Views 5 Comments

The 42-year-old Filipino boxing superstar indicated he now planned to turn his attention to his political career.

Legal experts call for clarity on relationship between NPHET and government
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Legal experts call for clarity on relationship between NPHET and government

Aug 4th 2021, 7:25 AM 31,153 Views 83 Comments

A report said the public health team became the “de facto decision maker” rather than simply an adviser to government.

Group of Social Democrats members call for party leadership contest
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Group of Social Democrats members call for party leadership contest

Jul 23rd 2021, 8:54 PM 23,656 Views 38 Comments

A statement from the Social Democrats parliamentary party says it is “united” behind the current co-leaders.

Column: Lessons from Dublin Bay South
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Column: Lessons from Dublin Bay South

Jul 13th 2021, 7:00 AM 12,062 Views 7 Comments

While elected representatives in Ireland have previously sought to censor public opinion polls, they do so under a paternalistic presumption that the public is incapable of adequately deciphering the information, writes Dr Kevin Cunningham.

'Back in the game': How did Labour defy national opinion polls and get 30% of first preference votes?
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'Back in the game': How did Labour defy national opinion polls and get 30% of first preference votes?

Jul 9th 2021, 10:18 PM 32,349 Views 72 Comments

The Labour leader says it has been a “difficult” few years electorally, but today is a good day.

Polls close in Dublin Bay South after first election of the pandemic
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Polls close in Dublin Bay South after first election of the pandemic

Updated Jul 8th 2021, 10:57 PM 58,062 Views 105 Comments

40% of voters cast a ballot in the constituency.

Highest number of former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying - Sipo report
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Highest number of former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying - Sipo report

Jun 28th 2021, 2:36 PM 9,448 Views 2 Comments

The Standards in Public Office Commission has released its 2020 report on the regulation of lobbying.

Mary Lou McDonald urges DUP to commit to ‘real powersharing’ in Northern Ireland
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Mary Lou McDonald urges DUP to commit to ‘real powersharing’ in Northern Ireland

Jun 23rd 2021, 6:41 PM 12,030 Views 20 Comments

McDonald claimed that a DUP “failure to accept rights and equality” was a factor in the “political storm” that has hit unionism

'Never a bad time': Varadkar defends comments about united Ireland after criticism from unionists
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'Never a bad time': Varadkar defends comments about united Ireland after criticism from unionists

Updated Jun 16th 2021, 7:25 PM 39,118 Views 62 Comments

UUP leader Doug Beattie said the Tánaiste’s comments should not have been made in the midst of a crisis.

FG's James Geoghegan surveyed voters door-to-door for Renua but 'nobody asked' who he was with
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# Dublin Bay South

FG's James Geoghegan surveyed voters door-to-door for Renua but 'nobody asked' who he was with

Jun 10th 2021, 11:54 AM 17,781 Views 24 Comments

Geoghegan said that he knocked to “maybe 50 people” ahead of the 2016 general election.

Edwin Poots defends strategy following criticism from Peter Robinson over Foster's exit from DUP
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Edwin Poots defends strategy following criticism from Peter Robinson over Foster's exit from DUP

Jun 4th 2021, 5:57 PM 25,936 Views 24 Comments

Poots said: “What was good for Peter doesn’t seem to be good for anybody else.”

Opinion: Online abuse needs to be stopped, but let's not shut down open debate in the process
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Opinion: Online abuse needs to be stopped, but let's not shut down open debate in the process

Jun 4th 2021, 7:00 AM 6,158 Views 15 Comments

Adam Hallissey says it’s clear that political discource online is broken, but attempts to change things drastically may backfire.

Chaos in African Union parliament with threats, scuffles and a man appearing to aim a head-high kick at a colleague
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# Pan African Parliament

Chaos in African Union parliament with threats, scuffles and a man appearing to aim a head-high kick at a colleague

May 31st 2021, 10:00 PM 24,658 Views 6 Comments

The man said he was trying to knock a phone out of another legislator’s hand when he aimed a kick in the direction of Pemmy Majodina of South Africa

Boris Johnson is plotting a Tory by-election raid as the UK braces for 'Super Thursday'
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# Hartlepool

Boris Johnson is plotting a Tory by-election raid as the UK braces for 'Super Thursday'

May 6th 2021, 6:15 AM 19,380 Views 22 Comments

Voters will have their say on councils, mayors and regional parliaments across the UK.

The Explainer: Why did Arlene Foster make the shock decision to step down as DUP leader?
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The Explainer: Why did Arlene Foster make the shock decision to step down as DUP leader?

Apr 30th 2021, 6:00 PM 24,199 Views 18 Comments

It was a decision that blindsided many – but what does it mean for the DUP and Northern Ireland?

Four Government ministers among 65 TDs whose details are contained in leaked Facebook database
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# DATA LEAK

Four Government ministers among 65 TDs whose details are contained in leaked Facebook database

Apr 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 71,677 Views 43 Comments

More than 1.5 million Irish users have been affected by the breach.

Opinion: The Greens had a climate action win this week, and they wasted it
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Opinion: The Greens had a climate action win this week, and they wasted it

Mar 25th 2021, 8:00 PM 16,871 Views 23 Comments

Political commentator Dermot Ryan says the Green Party has been distracted by petty internal squabbling this week, at a critical time in its history.

Opinion: 'Irish politics is starting to feel more inclusive, more diverse'
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Opinion: 'Irish politics is starting to feel more inclusive, more diverse'

Feb 27th 2021, 4:30 PM 16,532 Views 36 Comments

Uruemu Adejinmi, who is of African descent, had hoped to run in the forthcoming Seanad by-election. She shares her thoughts on Irish politics.

Footage of Healy-Rae brothers being called 'caricatures' in Dáil viewed over 350,000 times
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# Slam Duncan

Footage of Healy-Rae brothers being called 'caricatures' in Dáil viewed over 350,000 times

Feb 11th 2021, 10:34 AM 92,554 Views 107 Comments

Footage of the Dáil debate went viral on social media yesterday.

Italy turns to 'Super Mario' Draghi to solve political turmoil and form government
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# Wily Veteran

Italy turns to 'Super Mario' Draghi to solve political turmoil and form government

Feb 3rd 2021, 2:07 PM 9,289 Views 10 Comments

Draghi will lead a non-political government as Italy still reels from the Covid-19 crisis.

Fine Gael falls in popularity but remains top party in opinion poll
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Fine Gael falls in popularity but remains top party in opinion poll

Jan 31st 2021, 12:03 PM 32,655 Views 99 Comments

Fianna Fáil’s support has risen by four points, but it remains the least popular choice of the top three parties.

Poll: Should Ireland have a Vaccine Minister?
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Poll: Should Ireland have a Vaccine Minister?

Jan 19th 2021, 9:22 AM 46,645 Views 106 Comments

Fine Gael MEP Frances Fitzgerald has called for a dedicated Vaccine Minister.

These are the winners and losers from the Irish political year
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These are the winners and losers from the Irish political year

Dec 31st 2020, 8:30 AM 16,303 Views 13 Comments

We take a look at who did well – and who didn’t fare brilliantly.

Fianna Fáil investigating claims female youth members were 'compared and ranked' on Zoom calls
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# Ógra Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil investigating claims female youth members were 'compared and ranked' on Zoom calls

Dec 29th 2020, 4:18 PM 67,354 Views 49 Comments

Monaghan Ógra Fianna Fáil’s secretary publicised the claims yesterday evening.

Interview: Saoirse McHugh on why being able to say 'I told you so' gives her no comfort whatsoever
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Interview: Saoirse McHugh on why being able to say 'I told you so' gives her no comfort whatsoever

Dec 26th 2020, 10:30 AM 64,623 Views 58 Comments

“When you look at what the government is coming out with in terms of climate, they may as well be climate change deniers.”

Fine Gael and Sinn Féin are going at it like cats and dogs - and expect it to continue
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Fine Gael and Sinn Féin are going at it like cats and dogs - and expect it to continue

Dec 5th 2020, 10:00 AM 38,603 Views 124 Comments

As long as the two parties are polling well, the strategy is unlikely to change.

Ethics watchdog 'very concerned' at failure of Renua to account for public funding spent in 2019
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# SIPO

Ethics watchdog 'very concerned' at failure of Renua to account for public funding spent in 2019

Dec 3rd 2020, 9:10 AM 18,232 Views 13 Comments

The party received €258,596 in public funding last year.

UK breaching Northern Ireland Protocol would be a 'really big mistake', Coveney says
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UK breaching Northern Ireland Protocol would be a 'really big mistake', Coveney says

Dec 2nd 2020, 10:00 PM 17,834 Views 35 Comments

The British government is poised to reintroduce elements of its controversial Internal Market Bill next week,

Sinn Féin close gap on Fine Gael with highest-ever result in opinion poll
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Sinn Féin close gap on Fine Gael with highest-ever result in opinion poll

Nov 29th 2020, 8:11 AM 40,690 Views 187 Comments

Support for the party at its highest ever level in the Business Post poll.

Analysis: Unrelenting pressure from a unified opposition kept the Woulfe affair firmly in the spotlight
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Analysis: Unrelenting pressure from a unified opposition kept the Woulfe affair firmly in the spotlight

Nov 26th 2020, 7:27 PM 17,556 Views 12 Comments

The opposition has been like a dog with a bone on the issue.

Opinion: ‘Self-regulation is no regulation’ - what the Lobbying Act has failed to tackle
# Lobby Power
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# Lobby Power

Opinion: ‘Self-regulation is no regulation’ - what the Lobbying Act has failed to tackle

Nov 21st 2020, 8:00 PM 24,830 Views 9 Comments

If a public official is lobbied while abroad there is no regulation to oversee this, writes policy expert.

'The opposition cannot sit idly by': Sinn Féin tables motion of no confidence in Leo Varadkar
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'The opposition cannot sit idly by': Sinn Féin tables motion of no confidence in Leo Varadkar

Updated Nov 6th 2020, 8:17 PM 51,903 Views 215 Comments

A spokesman for the Tánaiste said Sinn Féin is “only interested in political mudslinging”.

Three Sinn Féin members resign after failing to return wrongly received NI grant money
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# Sinn Féin

Three Sinn Féin members resign after failing to return wrongly received NI grant money

Oct 29th 2020, 3:31 PM 66,884 Views 124 Comments

Senator Elisha McCallion was one of the three members to resign.

Fines of €1,000 for house parties, and up to €500 for other breaches of Covid-19 rules
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# Level 5

Fines of €1,000 for house parties, and up to €500 for other breaches of Covid-19 rules

Updated Oct 20th 2020, 9:30 PM 162,637 Views 256 Comments

Gardaí will still not be allowed to enter someone’s home.

Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu does not rule out joining Social Democrats
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# Green Wave

Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu does not rule out joining Social Democrats

Oct 12th 2020, 5:24 PM 33,472 Views 40 Comments

Chu is currently a Green Party councillor and the party’s Chairperson.

From a social 'evil' to Supreme Court scrutiny: the long journey to Ireland's landmark assisted dying vote
# Dying With Dignity
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# Dying With Dignity

From a social 'evil' to Supreme Court scrutiny: the long journey to Ireland's landmark assisted dying vote

Oct 10th 2020, 9:30 AM 19,794 Views 69 Comments

The Dáil voted to send the Dying with Dignity Bill to committee stage earlier this week.

European Council President Charles Michel to meet Taoiseach in Dublin
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# Micheál Martin

European Council President Charles Michel to meet Taoiseach in Dublin

Oct 8th 2020, 6:45 AM 10,193 Views 2 Comments

Michel’s visit today comes ahead of a European Council meeting next week.

'Willingness on all sides' sees assisted dying become political reality ahead of Dáil vote
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# Dying With Dignity

'Willingness on all sides' sees assisted dying become political reality ahead of Dáil vote

Oct 4th 2020, 6:15 AM 16,607 Views 35 Comments

The Dying with Dignity Bill will be subject to a Dáil vote on Wednesday.

Eamon Ryan: Government will spend €1 million a day on walking and cycling
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# Green Party

Eamon Ryan: Government will spend €1 million a day on walking and cycling

Oct 3rd 2020, 8:02 PM 54,468 Views 184 Comments

The Green Party leader was addressing his party’s national convention.

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