Election News and Analysis

Fianna Fáil insists it has no interest in ‘rotating taoiseach’ proposal

Fianna Fáil has said it has no interest in cutting a deal with Fine Gael involving a rotating Taoiseach or 50:50 cabinet representation, labelling the move an attempt by the Government to raise the post-election stakes.

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Kate O’Connell to focus on childcare, abortion, and SMEs

Childcare, abortion, and support for small businesses will be key targets for newly elected Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell during her first term in the Dáil.

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Maureen O’Sullivan to compete for ceann comhairle

Dublin Central TD Maureen O’Sullivan will compete for the role of ceann comhairle when the new Dáil votes on the position during a secret ballot tomorrow.

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Coalition talks ‘after vote for taoiseach’

Senior Fine Gael ministers have suggested that talks on forming a government will begin in earnest with Fianna Fáil after tomorrow’s vote on nominating a taoiseach.

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Gerry Adams: I intend to continue in leadership role with Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has refused to scotch rumours he may step down soon in the wake of disappointing election results for his party.

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Cork County Council will not investigate vote claims

Cork County Council will not investigate claims that a number of people were removed from the electoral register in West Cork, as the onus remains on voters to ensure they are registered.

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Criticism of ceann comhairle move

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has criticised Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin for nominating party candidates to be the next ceann comhairle.

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Fine Gael signals coalition with Fianna Fáil a possibility

Fine Gael has given its strongest signal to date that a coalition with Fianna Fáil is possible.

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Enda Kenny in late push for key Dáil votes

Enda Kenny is attempting to make up lost ground in his bid to form a government, after launching negotiations several days after Micheál Martin opened talks with potential coalition partners.

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Seanad bids by 3 former Labour ministers of state

Three Labour Party ministers of state who failed to win back their seats in the general election are now hoping to re-enter politics through the Seanad.

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TDs urged to press for abolition of Irish Water

Elected members associated with the Right2Water campaign group will be urged to put down a motion calling for the abolition of Irish Water within 100 days of the new Dáil.

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Pressure on Enda Kenny for rural incentives

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is coming under pressure to offer fresh rural Ireland investments to shore up Independent support after initial discussions with unaligned TDs.

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Fifth Fianna Fáil ceann comhairle contender

A number of senior Fianna Fáil TDs believe real talks on forming a government will only begin after Thursday, when the first attempt to elect a taoiseach is made.

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AAA-PBP to nominate own TD for taoiseach

Left-wing group the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit will shun Sinn Féin calls to support Gerry Adams’ nomination for taoiseach and put forward their own protest candidate when the Dáil returns next Thursday.

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Talk about macroeconomic aggregates doesn’t cut it with voters

THE electoral dust has finally settled, and from the wreckage of the coalition we can expect no further survivors.

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Jimmy Deenihan ‘proud of his achievements in Dáil’

The defeated Fine Gael candidate is looking to the future, and possibly an overseas aid role in Africa, after a gruelling general election campaign, he tells Juno McEnroe

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Kathleen Funchion is strictly concentrating on Dáil business

It was a mad dash from the count centre to the dance floor and back again for new TD Kathleen Funchion.

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Pearse Doherty admits Donegal vote mismanaged by Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has admitted his party mismanaged its vote in Donegal and should have sought a full recount when Gary Doherty was eliminated.

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Inside Fianna Fáil’s general election campaign success

Political Editor Daniel McConnell speaks to party insiders about Fianna Fail’s election strategy, its execution, and success

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Reform must begin in Dáil and include civil and public service

Proposals put forward for the strengthening of the Dáil should be pursued, argues Gerard Howlin

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An FF/FG deal document is next step on long road

Bertie Ahern realised talks on forming a new government were not going well. 

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Forget about 'culchie' jibes and let's put rural neglect back in spotlight

Michael and Danny Healy-Rae’s resounding electoral success (30,000-plus votes) proves that all politics is local and dismissing them is to denigrate the people of Kerry, despite that county’s great diversity, writes Clodagh Finn

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Keep calm and don’t talk water, Michéal Martin tells Fianna Fáil TDs

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told party TDs to downplay talk of “red line” issues before any potential negotiations on government — which could take at least two months — begin.

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78 corrections to votes by Irish MEPs

MEPs from Ireland have recorded the joint fifth highest level of correcting voting errors in the European Parliament.

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Fine Gael divided on any deal with old enemy

Fine Gael ranks are divided on whether the party should enter any power-sharing deal with their arch-enemies Fianna Fáil.

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Failed TDs put names forward for Seanad election

Padraig MacLochlainn, Jerry Buttimer, and Michael McNamara are among the failed Dáil candidates putting their names forward for the Seanad. 

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‘Fianna Fáil is very much back in business’

It’s not quite the ‘showtime’ era and despite the fanfare, they are still not the Dáil’s largest party, but as one senior TD put it, “Fianna Fáil is very much back in business”.

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Candidates jostle for position in bid to be ceann comhairle

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are set to have another battle on their hands for the position of ceann comhairle. 

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Senator David Norris hits out at ‘bloody thin’ salaries TDs are paid

A leading senator has hit out at the “bloody thin” salaries TDs are paid, claiming politicians who have lost their seats will be forced to survive on “very little” parachute supports after they leave office.

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‘Newbies’ gather at Leinster House as outgoing ministers pack up their belongings

It was a buoyant day for TDs at Leinster House but a wistful one for others, as the newly-elected gathered for their first giddy day at school, while some pensively packed up their bags after decades of service.

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