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Sinn Féin call for review, not abolition, of Special Criminal Court

Sinn Féin call for review, not abolition, of Special Criminal Court

The party's justice spokesperson Martin Kenny says there are clear issues with the Special Criminal Court:

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Simon Coveney: Opinion poll will 'act as a motivator for Fine Gael people'

Simon Coveney: Opinion poll will 'act as a motivator for Fine Gael people'

“Two weeks earlier the same polling agency had Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael both on 27%, and for the last two years, Fine Gael has been in the high 20s/early 30s in terms of polls, so, of course we’re going to take note of this.”

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Election 2020: Women running in every constituency - but activist says bigger parties have to do more

Election 2020: Women running in every constituency - but activist says bigger parties have to do more

New rules require they make up at least 30% of a party's ticket, with those not meeting the quota having their funding halved.

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Govt failing to keep communities safe, Soc Dems claim

Govt failing to keep communities safe, Soc Dems claim

The Social Democrats say the shocking events in Drogheda and Dublin this week highlight the failures of not investing in community policing.

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Election 2020: Brendan Howlin calls for introduction of national electoral commission

Election 2020: Brendan Howlin calls for introduction of national electoral commission

The issue stems from the date of the election. Due to it being held on February 8, those who registered within the past eight months may not be included on the new register, which is refreshed once a year.

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Fianna Fáil open up 12-point lead over Fine Gael in latest opinion poll

Fianna Fáil open up 12-point lead over Fine Gael in latest opinion poll

The last Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes poll a month ago had both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail neck and neck on 27%

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Michael Clifford: Fianna Fáil face 'tough, closely fought election'

Michael Clifford: Fianna Fáil face 'tough, closely fought election'

Shoppers were ambushed from all angles by political big guns in Douglas Village on Saturday morning.

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'The video was making a serious point': Leo Varadkar defends deleted Fine Gael tweet

'The video was making a serious point': Leo Varadkar defends deleted Fine Gael tweet

The content depicted Fianna Fáil TDs searching Dublin for policies, and was set to Benny Hill music.

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Justice the top item on the early election agenda

Justice the top item on the early election agenda

Controversial Fianna Fáil plans to allow the evidence of a Garda Superintendent to help convict someone of gangland offences have been sharply criticised.

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Kerry vote irregularities' investigation ongoing

Kerry vote irregularities' investigation ongoing

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission says an investigation into allegations centering on the supplementary register in Kerry is still ongoing.

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Leo learns services and supports top voters concerns

Leo learns services and supports top voters concerns

This was a nightmare campaign day for the outgoing Fine Gael-led government as-on the hour-the real horror of crime in Ireland was emerging and threatened to engulf the start of the election race.

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Election 2020: What we've learned so far

Election 2020: What we've learned so far

After three full days of campaigning, it is time to look back and examine what we have learned about General Election 2020 so far:

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FF TD says Government has done 'virtually nothing' to confront threat of gangland crime

FF TD says Government has done 'virtually nothing' to confront threat of gangland crime

Fianna Fáil has said it will increase the headcount in An Garda Síochána by 2,000 at a cost of €47 million per year.

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Glowing reception for Micheál Martin on the streets of Wexford

Glowing reception for Micheál Martin on the streets of Wexford

Either the people of Wexford town love Micheál Martin or they love the cameras - either way the Fianna Fáil leader got a glowing reception in the Labour stronghold this afternoon.

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Never Mind the Ballots: A sideways glance at Election 2020 (21 days to go)

Never Mind the Ballots: A sideways glance at Election 2020 (21 days to go)

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy gave one unequivocal answer at the launch of his party’s social housing policy in Dublin.

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Eoghan Murphy says he would like to stay on as housing minister

Eoghan Murphy says he would like to stay on as housing minister

Eoghan Murphy has said that if his party is returned to government, he wants to stay on as housing minister.

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Fianna Fáil criticised for ‘outdated’ stance on cannabis

Fianna Fáil criticised for ‘outdated’ stance on cannabis

People Before Profit’s Gino Kenny called for legalisation of the drug.

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60,000 social housing units to be built by 2025 under Fine Gael plan

60,000 social housing units to be built by 2025 under Fine Gael plan

Fine Gael’s social housing plan for Government will see 60,000 such homes built at a rate of 12,000 per year for the next five years, the party said at its launch this afternoon.

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Green Party candidate Karin Dubsky pulls out of election race in Wexford

Green Party candidate Karin Dubsky pulls out of election race in Wexford

The Green Party’s general election candidate for the Wexford constituency has pulled out of the race.

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Remarks made by Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher about SF/FF similarities dismissed by Mary Lou McDonald

Remarks made by Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher about SF/FF similarities dismissed by Mary Lou McDonald

Remarks suggesting that Sinn Féin and his party Fianna Fail are very alike made by Donegal TD Pat “The Cope” Gallagher have been dismissed by Mary Lou McDonald.

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People Before Profit offer ‘radical alternative’ to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael

People Before Profit offer ‘radical alternative’ to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael

The party is fielding 31 candidates in the General Election.

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Paddy Holohan suspended from Sinn Féin following sexual extortion comments

Paddy Holohan suspended from Sinn Féin following sexual extortion comments

Sinn Fein councillor for south Dublin Paddy Holohan is to face party disciplinary procedures after it emerged that he had made comments regarding the alleged use of sexual extortion by women on his podcast.

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Cianan Brennan: No yoga, no autographs as Leo leads line for first time

Cianan Brennan: No yoga, no autographs as Leo leads line for first time

“It’s a bit weird being the leader of a party at an election for the first time,” Leo Varadkar said.

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Greens say proposed Cork to Limerick motorway 'makes no sense'

Greens say proposed Cork to Limerick motorway 'makes no sense'

The leader of the Green Party believes the proposed Cork to Limerick motorway makes no sense.

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Election 2020: Crime and health to dominate day three of campaigning

Election 2020: Crime and health to dominate day three of campaigning

Crime and health look set to be the issues that dominate on day three of the general election campaign.

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McDonald hit by fallout from Holohan slurs

McDonald hit by fallout from Holohan slurs

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald is under fire for failing to sanction a party councillor who subjected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to a personalised attack about his race and family status.

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Donohoe intervenes to quell ‘bullying’ row

Donohoe intervenes to quell ‘bullying’ row

Fine Gael party leadership had to intervene to quell a candidate selection row in Cork South-West.

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Old beliefs destroying our world: Our aversion to change is a real threat

Old beliefs destroying our world: Our aversion to change is a real threat

There is a recognition that it is time to reconsider principles we have, for generations, regarded as rational, enriching, progressive and inevitable.

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Juno McEnroe: Reading the signs from crucial constituencies

Juno McEnroe: Reading the signs from crucial constituencies

A small number of bellwether constituencies could be highly significant in the battle for top spot between Fiann Fáil and Fine Gael, says Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe.

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David Davin-Power: McDonald proves an old hand at playing down party controversy

David Davin-Power: McDonald proves an old hand at playing down party controversy

Sinn Féin found itself in hot water yesterday, while Fianna Fáil left reporters yawning, writes David Davin-Power.

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Alison O’Connor: Will Fianna Fáil be as humble in power as they have been out of it?

Alison O’Connor: Will Fianna Fáil be as humble in power as they have been out of it?

Fine Gael are telling us what they will do in the future and Fianna Fáil want us to forget what they did in the past.

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Boost for Social Democrats as O'Sullivan decides not to run

Boost for Social Democrats as O'Sullivan decides not to run

The decision by Ms O'Sullivan brings to an end her 11-year career as a TD.

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Varadkar: Holohan apology 'is good enough for me'

Varadkar: Holohan apology 'is good enough for me'

Leo Varadkar has said that the apology of Sinn Féin councillor Paddy Holohan for comments made about the Taoiseach personally “is good enough for me”, but has said your background should “not matter in the kind of society that I believe in.

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Question mark over Labour's general election participation in Kerry after O’Brien announcement

Question mark over Labour's general election participation in Kerry after O’Brien announcement

A question mark hangs over Labour's participation in the general election in Kerry after an announcement by Cllr Terry O’Brien, former mayor of Tralee and Kerry that he has decided he will not run.

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Willie O'Dea dismisses claims he was not fully behind running mate

Willie O'Dea dismisses claims he was not fully behind running mate

Perennial poll topper Willie O'Dea has dismissed claims in local media that he was not fully behind his running mate on the Fianna Fáil ticket, Cllr James Collins.

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Leo Varadkar accepts Paddy Holohan's apology following controversial comments

Leo Varadkar accepts Paddy Holohan's apology following controversial comments

Speaking on his No Shame podcast, Mr Holohan said he would prefer a “family man” to be taoiseach.

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Mary Lou fails to sanction councillor over Varadkar remarks

Mary Lou fails to sanction councillor over Varadkar remarks

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has decided not to sanction a party councillor who said he would like to see “someone who knows what it’s like to have kids” running the country as opposed to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

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Never Mind the Ballots: A sideways glance at Election 2020 (22 days to go)

Never Mind the Ballots: A sideways glance at Election 2020 (22 days to go)

The search party for missing ministers Simon Harris and Eoghan Murphy can be called off, Leo Varadkar has assured us, as they are not missing.

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Independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan decides 'not to stand in this election'

Independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan decides 'not to stand in this election'

Dublin-Central Independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan has announced she will not contest the General Election, thus ending her 11-year career as a TD.

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Jim Power: Advice to politicians - Just be honest with the voters

Jim Power: Advice to politicians - Just be honest with the voters

After lots of shadow boxing and speculation, the general election has come a little bit sooner than many might have expected.

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Election 2020: Fine Gael launches economic plan focused on Brexit and lessons learned from National Children's Hospital

Election 2020: Fine Gael launches economic plan focused on Brexit and lessons learned from National Children's Hospital

Fine Gael has launched its economic plan for the next five years which focuses heavily on Brexit and the party’s record of financial stability, but acknowledged that mistakes have been made and lessons learned in the recent past regarding the spiralling budgets of the likes of the National Children’s Hospital.

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Election 2020: Fianna Fáil pledge to increase spending on services as opposed to tax cuts

Election 2020: Fianna Fáil pledge to increase spending on services as opposed to tax cuts

Fianna Fáil have pledged to dedicate the state's finances to improving public services even more-if put in power after the general election.

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Election 2020: Fianna Fáil will consider referendum to cap personal injury awards

Election 2020: Fianna Fáil will consider referendum to cap personal injury awards

Fianna Fáil have promised to consider holding a referendum to cap personal injury awards if in power and to significantly redirect resources to fund public services.

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Taoiseach is trying to blame City Council for homelessness, says former Dublin mayor

Taoiseach is trying to blame City Council for homelessness, says former Dublin mayor

Former Lord Mayor of Dublin, independent councillor Niall Ring has accused the Taoiseach of politicising the tragic circumstances in which a homeless man was seriously injured when his tent was lifted by Waterways Ireland.

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Homelessness and crime cast dark shadow on day two of election campaign

Homelessness and crime cast dark shadow on day two of election campaign

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil want to make the economy the focus of the second full day of the election campaign.

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Varadkar: ‘I didn’t politicise homeless man’s injuries’

Varadkar: ‘I didn’t politicise homeless man’s injuries’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was forced into an embarrassing climbdown after being accused of seeking to politicise the serious injuries to a homeless man in Dublin this week.

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David Davin-Power: Bruising start to campaign for Fine Gael as Leo missteps

David Davin-Power: Bruising start to campaign for Fine Gael as Leo missteps

Fine Gael’s focus is on Brexit but health and homelessness cannot be far behind, writes David Davin-Power.

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‘Old politics’ must be left in past: Time to get over the Sinn Féin hang-up

‘Old politics’ must be left in past: Time to get over the Sinn Féin hang-up

It was the late British prime minister Harold Wilson who was credited with coining the phrase “a week is a long time in politics”.

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Letter to the editor: Modern democracy is disarming governments

Letter to the editor: Modern democracy is disarming governments

It is truly ironic that as we approach commemoration and celebration of a century of Irish democratic rule, we endure what must be the most irrelevant government this State has ever experienced.

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Labour claims Fine Gael's spending promise 'lacks ambition'

Labour claims Fine Gael's spending promise 'lacks ambition'

Labour Leader Brendan Howlin said Fine Gael's promise to spend an extra €11bn out to 2025 “lacks ambition,” saying the country can afford to spend an extra €17.5bn.

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Fianna Fáil strategy fuels speculation of deal with Healy-Rae brothers

Fianna Fáil strategy fuels speculation of deal with Healy-Rae brothers

Fianna Fáil's strategy to leave Killarney and east Kerry without a candidate and concentrate on north Kerry is fuelling speculation that there is a pre-election "understanding" between the party and the Healy-Rae brothers that they will support Micheál Martin as Taoiseach.

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Fianna Fáil fields 26 female candidates out of 82

Fianna Fáil fields 26 female candidates out of 82

Under current Irish legislation, funding to parties will be halved unless 30% of their candidates in the General Election are women.

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Election 2020: First blood to Micheál, and he didn’t even have to work particularly hard for it

Election 2020: First blood to Micheál, and he didn’t even have to work particularly hard for it

It would be a little unfair to describe Micheál Martin’s disposition as cocky at Fianna Fáil’s campaign launch event. But he certainly seemed composed. Confident even.

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Taoiseach confronted about insurance and childcare costs as Fine Gael campaign starts in Cavan

Taoiseach confronted about insurance and childcare costs as Fine Gael campaign starts in Cavan

Leo Varadkar arrived into Virginia town like a whirlwind, taking to the steps of the local candidate's office and throwing out election promises to the assembled crowd.

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Greens reject conflict with farmers as they launch election campaign

Greens reject conflict with farmers as they launch election campaign

Party leader Eamon Ryan said tough choices need to be made to tackle the climate emergency.

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'I made a mistake' - Finian McGrath explains how his Fianna Fáil election prediction was made public

'I made a mistake' - Finian McGrath explains how his Fianna Fáil election prediction was made public

Retiring Minister Finian McGrath has said he thought he was talking in a “private capacity” with a journalist when he suggested Fianna Fáil will win the General Election.

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Cork Election Wrap: Sinn Féin to add Thomas Gould to Cork North-Central ticket

Cork Election Wrap: Sinn Féin to add Thomas Gould to Cork North-Central ticket

Sinn Féin councillor Thomas Gould is set to be announced as the party's candidate in Cork North-Central.

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Martin confirms Kelleher will vote in favour of Brexit Withdrawal agreement

Martin confirms Kelleher will vote in favour of Brexit Withdrawal agreement

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has called on Fine Gael to “stop the silly attacks” on Brexit and confirmed that his party colleague, MEP Billy Kelleher, will be voting in favour of the Brexit Withdrawal agreement later this month.

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