Tánaiste Simon Coveney says he is “frustrated” that much of the discussion about a directly elected Mayor for Cork, Limerick, and Waterford has focussed on the salary that would come with the position, and asked the public to inform themselves on the responsibilities of the role.
One of the skills a politician needs to try to resolve a deadlock is the capacity to sow a seed that might blossom into something altogether unimaginable — at least for those sustaining the deadlock by red-line refusals to compromise.
More than 3.2 million people have registered to vote in Friday's historicEighth Amendment referendum - with more than twice as many new voters expected to be on the list compared to the 2015 marriage equality referendum.
If it was proposed, even as the centenary of women’s suffrage in this part of the world is celebrated, that only women of childbearing age be allowed to vote in this summer’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment that suggestion would be dismissed out of hand. And rightly so.
There will not be a referendum on Catalonia's independence on Sunday, the cabinet spokesman for Spain's government said as the vice-president of the region predicted the majority of eligible voters would turn out.