There is a time for everything, unless you’re delaying an election

Time and the exactitude of timings are often the defining elements in politics.

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Waterford mayor says proposal for directly-elected mayor 'a criticism of us and of our system'

A number of county councillors in Waterford have expressed overwhelming opposition to a directly-elected mayor’s office for the city.

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Early count gives Social Democratic Party party lead in Finland’s election

The election followed a campaign in which concerns about climate change played a central role.

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Meeting the women running in the local elections as numbers rise by a quarter

Joyce Fegan looks at the rising number of females on the ballot paper, and meets first-time candidates.

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Algerian protesters who helped oust president to seek departure of other leaders

Further protests were called for Friday following the resignation of head of state Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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Unions call for local government reform ahead of elections

Three trade unions, Fórsa, SIPTU and CONNECT are joining forces to call for reform of services ahead of the local elections in May.

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Buoyant pre-election talk kicks off FG party conference

The ties were that bit straighter, the hair freshly blow-dried, and make-up perfectly applied by those who had made sure to arrive early.

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Beto O’Rourke says he is running for US president

O'Rourke's announcement means his name joins the already crowded field for the Democrat's nomination to take on Donald Trump in 2020.

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Time to update system barely changed since State’s founding

A list of proposals to update and modernise the register of electors. Here, minister John Paul Phelan explains what they are and why the action is being taken.

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If not now, then when? But only Leo knows the route to 60 seats

Some of the most sensitive papers the Taoiseach sees, which few of his colleagues ever do, are Fine Gael’s polling data on a constituency-by-constituency basis.

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Fianna Fáil and an election - Time is just not right for a vote

Fianna Fáil activists and voters are understandably impatient for a general election. That Ireland is far from alone in Europe in having a government dependent on arrangements with reluctant oppositions is scant consolation. Their party has been out of power for eight years, and they see a Government that on many fronts has passed or is fast approaching its use-by date.

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Fine Gael TDs to be briefed on 'general election preparedness' before Dáil resumes on Monday

Fine Gael TDs and senators will be briefed on "general election preparedness" at a behind-closed-doors pre-Dáil think-in on Monday, 24 hours before the Dáil re-opens after the Christmas break.

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Government urged to tackle cyber threats to Irish elections

Fine Gael deputy Alan Farrell says voters must also be protected from online disinformation during election campaigns.

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Coveney plays down any overseas Sinn Féin bounce

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has talked down the chances of Sinn Féin dominating future presidential elections, should overseas Irish people be allowed to vote.

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Taoiseach ‘determined’ over referendum on extending presidential voting rights

Leo Varadkar said the next head of State will be a president for those living in Northern Ireland and those who live in other parts of the world.

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Radical plan to overhaul electoral register

Commission would also combat fake news and regulate political ads

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Memos reveal proposals on electoral commission

Three weeks ago, the Cabinet discussed and approved plans from Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to radically change how elections in this country are run.

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1918’s foundation election: All changed and without a shot fired

Today marks the centenary of the most important moment in the long, difficult journey that eventually led to the establishment of an independent, democratic Irish State.

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Quota system targets migrants, women and minorities

Measures would see 40% of nominations for next year’s local elections set aside to encourage diversity.

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Significant work needed to increase level of diversity on nation’s local authorities

We have the best policy in the world in terms of access to local elections and in running for local elections, but there are several problems and the primary one is that people don’t know that they can vote and or run, writes Elaine Loughlin.

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Election manifesto season looms - Get ready for crescendos of aspiration

It must add to the gaiety of the nation that a prospective president has advocated Bunratty-esque famine villages with pop-up bacon and cabbage stalls, and flame-haired, coleen harpists to serenade tourists as they wrestle with glutenous, imported streaky bacon.

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Simon Coveney: No snap election planning

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has been forced to downplay suggestions of a snap general election before Christmas after it emerged he has written to constituents to help fundraise for his campaign if a sudden national vote is called.

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Early general election would do irreparable damage to Ireland, says minister

John Halligan said an early poll would jeopardise Ireland’s economy and that politicians should put country over party.

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Armenia politicians reject opposition leader as PM

The chamber voted 45-55 on Mr Pashinian’s nomination after a nine-hour-long session today.

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Government votes down Dáil motion calling for early election

The Government last night voted down a Dáil motion calling for an early general election which was tabled by the two main opposition parties this week.

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Two killed by Sri Lanka bomb

A bomb exploded in an eastern Sri Lankan town today and initial reports said at least two people were killed and six others critically injured.

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Sri Lanka votes in presidential election

Sri Lankans today voted for a president to shape peace efforts in a country bloodied by more than two decades of civil war and devastated by last year’s tsunami.

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Ruling party 'headed for elections victory'

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party appeared to be headed for a landslide victory in elections for the lower house of Parliament, the country's media predicted as the polls closed today.

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Japanese voters head to polls

Japanese voters cast their votes in nationwide parliamentary elections today which look likely to strengthen Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s grip on power and invigorate the leader’s push for economic reforms, including his long-cherished plan to privatise the nation’s postal system.

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Fianna Fáil pick Roscommon South Leitrim candidates

Dáil Deputies John Ellis and Michael Finneran were chosen tonight as Fianna Fáil candidates to run for seats in the Roscommon South Leitrim constituency in the next election.

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Sargent calls for electoral reform

Green party leader Trevor Sargent has today called for a radical overhaul of the electoral system following newspaper revelations that up to 800,000 polling cards were posted in the last election that should never have been issued.

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Election boost for pro-democracy campaigners

Pro-democracy candidates scored some significant wins in today’s legislative election, according to television exit polls.

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Cowen to review use of diplomatic postbag

Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Cowen said today he would be ordering a review of the use of the diplomatic postbag to circulate party political material.

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Taoiseach denies diplomatic wrong-doing

The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, has responded to accusations that he abused the use of diplomatic facilities in canvassing diplomatic and consular staff for Fianna Fáil candidates.

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Poll predicts FF local election slump

An opinion poll published today is indicating a loss of up to 70 Fianna Fáil council seats after next week's elections.

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FG anger as FF material sent to civil servants

A row has erupted over the Government's use of resources to publicise Fianna Fáil election candidates.

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Mitchell wants working women to be rewarded

Fine Gael Euro election candidate Gay Mitchell has called for better treatment of women in the workplace.

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Rabbitte blasts Govt's litany of promises

The Government has broken a litany of election promises, Labour leader Pat Rabbitte said today, as he shredded a list of plans the coalition had given.

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Local Green candidate in Dublin hospital

A Green Party local election candidate in Dublin has been hospitalised after injuring herself while canvassing for votes.

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SF: Right to own home should be in Constitution

Sinn Féin has said that the right to own a home should be enshrined in the Constitution.

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Sinn Féin pledge to tackle housing crisis

Sinn Féin pledged today to fight for the right to affordable housing and tackle the crisis it claims is forcing thousands onto the streets.

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Harney challenges Kenny to public election debate

The Tánaiste Mary Harney has challenged Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny to a public debate on the two parties’ election policies.

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SF hopes for representative in every county

Sinn Féin has said it hopes to have elected representatives in every county in Ireland after next Friday’s local election.

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SF slams low female participation in politics

Sinn Féin has claimed that women do not enjoy equal status in Ireland.

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Sinn Féin calls for fairer tax system

Ireland needs a more fair and equitable taxation system, a Sinn Féin candidate in the European Parliament elections claimed today.

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Minister attacks Sinn Féin spending plans

Sinn Féin’s plans for public spending would turn Ireland into the European economic equivalent of North Korea, it was claimed today.

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Examiner poll predicts Brady seat

An opinion poll published this morning has predicted that Fianna Fail’s Royston Brady is set to win a European Parliament seat in Dublin at the June 11 elections.

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Lord Mayor urged to engage in Euro debate

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Royston Brady, was invited today to a full debate on European issues by Green Party MEP Patricia McKenna.

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Green Party: We'd create national park for Dublin

A new national park should be built in the Dublin Mountains to ensure a better quality of life for citizens of the capital, the Green Party said today.

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Lobby group urges anti-Hanly Report support

The Health Services Action Group has called on people to vote for opponents of the Hanly Report in the upcoming local elections.

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Adams launches SF election campaign

The Government has failed to make the most of its presidency of the European Union, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams claimed today.

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Voter registration deadline expires at 5pm today

Today is the final day for people to register to vote in the local and European elections.

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ICCL calls for ‘no’ vote in citizenship referendum

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has called for a ‘no’ vote in the Government’s citizenship referendum on the grounds that it will create inequality and confusion about the Irish constitution.

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Poll suggests majority will support citizenship referendum

An opinion poll published this morning has suggested that the Government’s citizenship referendum will be passed by a majority of two to one.

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FF ridicules FG voting pact with Labour and Greens

Fianna Fáil has criticised Fine Gael for calling on voters in the upcoming elections to pass their transfers to the Labour Party and Green Party.

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Campaigning steps up for June 11

Campaigning for next month’s triple poll – in the European and local elections and for the referendum on citizenship – intensified among the parties involved today.

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Government launches referendum 'Yes' campaign

The Government has launched its campaign for a 'Yes' vote in the upcoming citizenship referendum on June 11.

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FF hits out at Labour's 'negative election tactics'

Fianna Fáil has hit out at the Labour Party’s 'negative' election tactics.

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Green Party to unveil election manifesto in Dublin

The Green Party will unveil its local and European election manifesto in Dublin today, promising that it is the best party for the job.

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Poll: Greens to lose seats

The Green Party could be on course to lose both of its seats in the European Parliament, according to an opinion poll published in Dublin today.

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