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Government will not oppose Bill that will extend unpaid parental leave to six months
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Government will not oppose Bill that will extend unpaid parental leave to six months

Feb 6th 2018, 9:16 PM 26,585 Views 35 Comments

Under current rules, parents are entitled to 18 weeks unpaid leave.

Landlords would face much steeper fines for breaching rules under proposed laws
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# Vacation Notice

Landlords would face much steeper fines for breaching rules under proposed laws

Jan 23rd 2018, 12:55 PM 21,340 Views 71 Comments

The bill has received cross-party support

Government ends year on a high with satisfaction rate boost
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Government ends year on a high with satisfaction rate boost

Dec 24th 2017, 9:18 AM 14,090 Views 112 Comments

The latest poll puts Leo Varadkar’s own approval rating at 56%.

Poll: Should there be a levy on non-recyclable plastics?
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Poll: Should there be a levy on non-recyclable plastics?

Oct 8th 2017, 9:45 AM 15,724 Views 92 Comments

The Social Democrats want one.

Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister
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Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister

Oct 7th 2017, 7:30 AM 20,113 Views 28 Comments

Catherine MurphyTD has raised serious concerns in the Dáil regarding the activation programme, JobPath.

Call for 'use it or lose it' policy to stop land hoarding by speculators
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# Housing Crisis

Call for 'use it or lose it' policy to stop land hoarding by speculators

Sep 7th 2017, 3:00 PM 15,826 Views 94 Comments

The Social Democrats party has said land hoarding is happening on a widespread basis and speculators “need to be taken on”.

Dáil bar and restaurant tabs 'should be paid at the end of every month'
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Dáil bar and restaurant tabs 'should be paid at the end of every month'

Aug 1st 2017, 6:00 AM 12,415 Views 55 Comments

Almost €5,500 in unpaid Dáil tabs will be wiped after a series of efforts to recoup the amounts owed failed.

Government has 'no plans' to abolish stamp duty for tenants paying over €2,500 a month in rent
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# Stamp Duty

Government has 'no plans' to abolish stamp duty for tenants paying over €2,500 a month in rent

Jul 16th 2017, 8:00 AM 10,792 Views 22 Comments

The Social Democrats has criticised the Government over the stamp duty limits.

'The joke is actually on us': Dáil to decide on bill to abolish blasphemy as a crime
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# Private Members' Bill

'The joke is actually on us': Dáil to decide on bill to abolish blasphemy as a crime

Jul 12th 2017, 9:49 PM 17,963 Views 87 Comments

The Social Democrats have brought proposals, citing the recent example of the complaint made against Stephen Fry.

Paying over €2,500 a month rent in a house share? Then you should be paying stamp duty
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# Housing

Paying over €2,500 a month rent in a house share? Then you should be paying stamp duty

Jul 1st 2017, 6:30 AM 65,328 Views 44 Comments

Stamp duty is the fee payable on the instruments used to transfer property.

'No wonder there's such a delay': Just four staff in unit tasked with delivering housing
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# Housing Crisis

'No wonder there's such a delay': Just four staff in unit tasked with delivering housing

Jun 25th 2017, 11:51 AM 25,192 Views 43 Comments

Housing minister Eoghan Murphy said this team works with experienced staff within the department, key agencies, local authorities and the construction sector.

Poll: Should speaking time for smaller Dáil parties be reduced?
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# Your Say

Poll: Should speaking time for smaller Dáil parties be reduced?

Jun 25th 2017, 8:45 AM 17,478 Views 61 Comments

Under Fianna Fáil’s proposals, backbenchers from bigger parties would have more time.

Ireland's secret services handed back €300k despite 'credible concern regarding terrorist activity'
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# Irish Secret Service

Ireland's secret services handed back €300k despite 'credible concern regarding terrorist activity'

May 29th 2017, 4:41 PM 24,370 Views 19 Comments

Catherine Murphy has said she is concerned that not all the money is being spent to secure the country.

FactFind: Are there many differences between Fianna Fáil and Soc Dems manifestos?
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# All The Facts

FactFind: Are there many differences between Fianna Fáil and Soc Dems manifestos?

Feb 4th 2017, 12:05 AM 17,586 Views 89 Comments

Stephen Donnelly said there weren’t – and you asked us to check. So we did.

Pat Casey says it 'wasn't easy to take' Stephen Donnelly joining Fianna Fáil
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# New Running Mates

Pat Casey says it 'wasn't easy to take' Stephen Donnelly joining Fianna Fáil

Feb 3rd 2017, 8:26 AM 18,603 Views 42 Comments

The former Social Democrat and independent TD has been sharply critical of Fianna Fáil in the past.

11 tweets Stephen Donnelly really should have been expecting
# The Receipts
# The Receipts

11 tweets Stephen Donnelly really should have been expecting

Feb 2nd 2017, 2:02 PM 10,144 Views 0 Comments

“Stephen Donnelly Breaks Leg Falling From High Horse.”

New Bill aims to limit media ownership in Ireland
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# Media Ownership

New Bill aims to limit media ownership in Ireland

Jan 31st 2017, 8:35 PM 12,641 Views 35 Comments

The Social Democrats introduced the Media Ownership 2017 Bill today.

Fianna Fáil is the most popular party in the country
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Fianna Fáil is the most popular party in the country

Jan 29th 2017, 9:39 AM 13,468 Views 178 Comments

Fine Gael and Sinn Féin have both lost ground.

Stephen Donnelly briefly blocked on Twitter by Social Democrats
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# Soc It To Dem

Stephen Donnelly briefly blocked on Twitter by Social Democrats

Nov 29th 2016, 9:28 PM 13,512 Views 21 Comments

His former party said it was a mistake and they are “looking into what happened”.

Fine Gael is most popular party as Fianna Fáil loses ground
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Fine Gael is most popular party as Fianna Fáil loses ground

Nov 27th 2016, 1:28 PM 15,599 Views 130 Comments

Sinn Féin and independents have made gains, while the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit and the Independent Alliance have lost support.

Social Democrats hold their first annual conference - and vow to remove 'the baptism barrier'
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# SocDems

Social Democrats hold their first annual conference - and vow to remove 'the baptism barrier'

Nov 20th 2016, 8:38 AM 14,598 Views 55 Comments

The party has unveiled its constitution for the first time, and appointed its national executive.

More details of Budget emerge as Noonan briefs ministers
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# Two Weeks Out

More details of Budget emerge as Noonan briefs ministers

Sep 27th 2016, 8:20 PM 36,786 Views 100 Comments

Meanwhile, opposition TDs have slammed reports that a tax break for returning emigrants is being considered.

Support for Sinn Féin and independents up, but Fianna Fáil is most popular party
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# Mood Of The Nation

Support for Sinn Féin and independents up, but Fianna Fáil is most popular party

Sep 18th 2016, 8:02 AM 12,638 Views 111 Comments

According to the latest opinion poll, at least.

Stephen Donnelly is all on his own in the Dáil chamber after quitting the SocDems
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# Dems The Breaks

Stephen Donnelly is all on his own in the Dáil chamber after quitting the SocDems

Sep 7th 2016, 1:12 PM 22,071 Views 43 Comments

Okay, not quite ‘on his own’ – but six degrees of separation away from his former colleagues.

What next for the Social Democrats?
# So Long Farewell
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# So Long Farewell

What next for the Social Democrats?

Sep 6th 2016, 6:15 AM 13,010 Views 51 Comments

In a shock announcement yesterday, Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly said he is leaving the party.

Here's What Happened Today: Monday
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Here's What Happened Today: Monday

Sep 5th 2016, 10:45 PM 13,864 Views 0 Comments

Stephen Donnelly’s Soc Dem departure, crisis pregnancy agencies and a wildfire in Spain had everyone talking…

Stephen Donnelly won't rule out joining another party after Soc Dem departure
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# Decisions Decisions

Stephen Donnelly won't rule out joining another party after Soc Dem departure

Sep 5th 2016, 6:44 PM 20,940 Views 73 Comments

He said he would be consulting with supporters in his constituency before deciding the way forward.

Government accused of facilitating tax avoidance by vulture funds
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# Social Democrats

Government accused of facilitating tax avoidance by vulture funds

Jul 7th 2016, 4:20 PM 16,295 Views 60 Comments

Social Democrats TD Stephen Donnelly told TheJournal.ie that the government sold a €400 million loanbook for just €80 million

These two men accounted for nearly 50% of personal political donations in 2015
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# Money Money Money

These two men accounted for nearly 50% of personal political donations in 2015

May 17th 2016, 6:45 PM 31,099 Views 37 Comments

Fine Gael’s Michael D’Arcy and Paschal Donohoe received €15,000 in private donations between them last year.

Joan Burton hopes to do a deal with the SocDems and the Greens
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# Likeminded

Joan Burton hopes to do a deal with the SocDems and the Greens

Apr 6th 2016, 6:13 PM 19,249 Views 88 Comments

Labour wants to align with the SocDems and the Greens in the new Dáil.

Senator arrested after walking into Temple Bar crime scene
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# James Heffernan

Senator arrested after walking into Temple Bar crime scene

Mar 11th 2016, 9:40 AM 59,168 Views 70 Comments

James Heffernan was released an hour and a half later.

Did the Social Democrats really have a good election?
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# New Kids On The Block

Did the Social Democrats really have a good election?

Feb 29th 2016, 8:00 PM 23,448 Views 60 Comments

The party got a strong vote in its first electoral test but it has stood still in terms of Dáil numbers.

WHERE IT'S AT: Neck and neck between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as counts go through the night
# Election 2016
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# Election 2016

WHERE IT'S AT: Neck and neck between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as counts go through the night

Feb 28th 2016, 2:30 AM 227,692 Views 178 Comments

We have all the news, results and reaction for what has been one of the most dramatic elections in recent times.

9 things we learned from the general election campaign
# Nearly There Now
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# Nearly There Now

9 things we learned from the general election campaign

Feb 25th 2016, 9:30 PM 20,811 Views 63 Comments

It’s all over bar the voting.

Last poll: Fine Gael and Labour could be within touching distance of re-election
# The Final Countdown
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# The Final Countdown

Last poll: Fine Gael and Labour could be within touching distance of re-election

Feb 25th 2016, 1:56 PM 61,378 Views 263 Comments

A poll carried out by DIT for TheJournal.ie has Fine Gael slightly higher than the recent polls.

'There's a reason no Fine Gael government has ever been re-elected' - former minister
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# Two Days To Go

'There's a reason no Fine Gael government has ever been re-elected' - former minister

Feb 24th 2016, 2:45 PM 21,916 Views 95 Comments

Róisín Shortall is not impressed with Enda Kenny or her old party, Labour.

"People will open the door, see I'm a canvasser and sigh"
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# Opinion

"People will open the door, see I'm a canvasser and sigh"

Feb 23rd 2016, 5:00 PM 377 Views 48 Comments

Canvassing for a political party can be tough – but it’s also addictive, writes Sharon Nolan.

Canvassing with the Soc Dems on rainy Grafton Street: 'You're kicking ass'
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# Election 2016

Canvassing with the Soc Dems on rainy Grafton Street: 'You're kicking ass'

Feb 21st 2016, 6:10 PM 16,715 Views 62 Comments

The Social Democrats were out in force for a Dublin city centre canvass this afternoon.

What's it like to be a first-time candidate? We went canvassing to find out
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# General Election

What's it like to be a first-time candidate? We went canvassing to find out

Feb 20th 2016, 10:00 PM 20,639 Views 68 Comments

You hear a lot about water charges, unwanted trees and Angela Merkel.

With 10 days left, the latest poll is very bad news for Fine Gael
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# Election 2016

With 10 days left, the latest poll is very bad news for Fine Gael

Feb 16th 2016, 9:00 PM 46,401 Views 236 Comments

The party has dropped five points since the election started.