Peter Matthews to contest General Election despite cancer diagnosis

Peter Matthews to contest General Election despite cancer diagnosis

Dublin South Independent TD Peter Mathews has disclosed he has been diagnosed with cancer, but he will contest the General Election.

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General Election date to be decided this morning

General Election date to be decided this morning

The date of the General Election will be decided this morning - but it may not be called until tomorrow.

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Sinn Féin refuse to commit to pension increase if elected

Sinn Féin refuse to commit to pension increase if elected

Sinn Féin has refused to commit on increasing the pension if elected to Government.

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Howlin: Voters will reflect on what sort of Government they want on polling day

Howlin: Voters will reflect on what sort of Government they want on polling day

Minister Brendan Howlin says he is optimistic that support for the Labour Party will increase in the run-up to the General Election.

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Politicians warned to stop using taxpayer-funded envelopes for election leaflets

Politicians warned to stop using taxpayer-funded envelopes for election leaflets

Politicians have been warned to stop using Oireachtas envelopes paid for by taxpayers to send out general election leaflets after "a number" of TDs and Senators were caught misusing the service.

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Burton 'had long conversation' with Kenny about not calling early election

Burton 'had long conversation' with Kenny about not calling early election

Tánaiste Joan Burton has revealed that she had a "long conversation" with the Taoiseach about not calling an early General Election.

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Micheál Martin accuses Coalition of launching 'most negative re-election campaign in history'

Micheál Martin accuses Coalition of launching 'most negative re-election campaign in history'

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has today accused the Government of planning "the most negative re-election campaign" in the history of the State.

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Finance Committee chairman Twomey will not run in next election

Finance Committee chairman Twomey will not run in next election

Fine Gael TD Liam Twomey has announced that he will not be standing at the next General Election.

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Dublin Bay North declines to select Richard Bruton to run in 2016 election

Minister Richard Bruton has not been selected by Fine Gael delegates in his constituency to run in next year's general election.

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Varadkar downplays FG-FF 'same-sex marriage' joke; favours continuing Labour coalition

Varadkar downplays FG-FF 'same-sex marriage' joke; favours continuing Labour coalition

The Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said he would like the "very good partnership" between Fine Gael and Labour to continue.

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Election spend totals €9.3m

Election spend totals €9.3m

New figures show that candidates in this year's General Election disclosed election expenses of €9.3m.

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McGinley set to be named as junior minister

McGinley set to be named as junior minister

The new Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan has revealed that Donegal TD Dinny McGinley will be named as junior minister in his department.

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First trip abroad for new Taoiseach

First trip abroad for new Taoiseach

Enda Kenny faces his first international engagement as Taoiseach today when he meets with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels.

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Kenny outlines new employment proposals

Kenny outlines new employment proposals

New Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today that he plans to set up a new jobs Budget and halve the lower rate of employers' PRSI.

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Kenny feels 'very different' as Taoiseach

Kenny feels 'very different' as Taoiseach

Newly elected Taoiseach Enda Kenny admitted it felt "very different actually" after he received his honours from President Mary McAleese.

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Taoiseach announces new Cabinet

Taoiseach announces new Cabinet

Ireland’s new Taoiseach Enda Kenny has unveiled his new Cabinet with a shake-up of some Government departments.

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FG delays Cabinet announcement until 5.15pm

FG delays Cabinet announcement until 5.15pm

The Dáil has been further adjourned until 5:15pm for the appointment of a Cabinet at request of Fine Gael.

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Left-wing TDs oppose Kenny nomination

Left-wing TDs oppose Kenny nomination

Ireland's strengthened left-wing bloc opposed Enda Kenny's election as Taoiseach today, denouncing the coalition's plans to inflict more austerity.

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Kenny: The people and their Government are one again

Kenny: The people and their Government are one again

Taoiseach Enda Kenny today said that this is the first day of a new future for Ireland, stating that “the people and their Government are one again”.

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Kenny receives seal of office as Taoiseach

Kenny receives seal of office as Taoiseach

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has just received his seal of office from President Mary McAleese at Áras An Uachtaráin, following his election as Taoiseach by the Dáil by 117 votes to 27.

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Kenny elected Taoiseach

Kenny elected Taoiseach

Enda Kenny has been elected the 12th Taoiseach of Ireland with 117 votes for and 27 against.

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TDs speak on Kenny nomination

TDs speak on Kenny nomination

The process of nominating Enda Kenny as the country's 12th Taoiseach was underway this lunchtime with the Fine Gael leader receiving some unexpected backing, and some predicted opposition.

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FF support Kenny nomination

FF support Kenny nomination

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said that his party will not oppose the nomination of Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, breaking the tradition of the opposition backing their own candidate.

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Barrett takes Ceann Comhairle chair

Barrett takes Ceann Comhairle chair

Fine Gael deputy Sean Barrett has been officially elected as Ceann Comhairle of the 31st Dáil.

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Barrett set to be confirmed as incoming Ceann Comhairle

Fine Gael TD Seán Barrett has confirmed he will be the new Ceann Comhairle in the 31st Dáil.

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Cowen wishes Kenny well

Cowen wishes Kenny well

Outgoing Taoiseach Brian Cowen has wished Enda Kenny and the new Government well.

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Kenny ready to take up office

Kenny ready to take up office

Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny has described today as an "emotional" one for himself and for his party.

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New government to be sworn in

New government to be sworn in

The country's new coalition government is to be sworn in today with Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny officially elected Taoiseach.

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TDs in pact on speaking rights

TDs in pact on speaking rights

Some 16 independent and left-leaning TDs have formed a pact to ensure speaking rights in the Dáil.

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Leaders drawing up Cabinet ahead of power handover

Leaders drawing up Cabinet ahead of power handover

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and his Labour counterpart Eamon Gilmore were tonight putting the finishing touches to their Cabinet lineup ahead of the first sitting of the 31st Dáil tomorrow.

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Independents opt out of technical group

Independents opt out of technical group

Three Independent TDs - Michael Lowry, Noel Grealish and Michael Healy Rae - are expected to vote for Enda Kenny to become the next Taoiseach tomorrow, in return for access and speaking time in the Dáil.

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Cowen bids farewell with last official engagement

Cowen bids farewell with last official engagement

Brian Cowen is bidding farewell to politics, choosing a local event in Co Offaly for his last public engagement as Taoiseach.

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United Left Alliance: Govt 'shamelessly' betraying people

United Left Alliance: Govt 'shamelessly' betraying people

The United Left Alliance is accusing Fine Gael and Labour of "shamelessly" betraying people who voted for change in the election.

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ISME: Govt deal is 'mixed bag'

ISME: Govt deal is 'mixed bag'

The Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) today described the Programme for Government agreed by the new administration as a "mixed bag" but said it represented a starting point in introducing measures to assist the enterprise sector.

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Leaders to sign off on Cabinet positions

Leaders to sign off on Cabinet positions

The leaders of the two main parties are to finalise Cabinet positions in the new coalition government.

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Small firms give guarded welcome to govt deal

Small firms give guarded welcome to govt deal

The Small Firms Association (SFA) today gave a cautious welcome to the Programme for Government agreed by Fine Gael and the Labour Party saying there it had "good and bad issues".

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Talks set to continue on makeup of Cabinet

Talks set to continue on makeup of Cabinet

Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore will finalise the make-up of the Cabinet today and tomorrow following yesterday's endorsement of the Programme for Government by both Fine Gael and Labour.

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Gilmore: We cannot fail

Gilmore: We cannot fail

The Fine Gael and Labour parliamentary parties have voted in favour of the Programme for Government agreed between the parties' negotiating teams this week.

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FG parliamentary party backs Programme for Government

FG parliamentary party backs Programme for Government

The Fine Gael parliamentary party has unanimously endorsed the proposed Programme for Government.

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Labour delegates back plan for coalition government with Fine Gael

Labour delegates back plan for coalition government with Fine Gael

Labour party delegates have backed a proposal to enter government with Fine Gael, and to back the Programme for Government hammered out this week.

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Economic super-ministry planned

Economic super-ministry planned

The in-coming government will set up a new economic super-ministry that will demand a renegotiation of the EU/IMF bailout under a deal struck by prospective coalition partners.

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Noonan to take on Finance ministry - reports

Noonan to take on Finance ministry - reports

It is understood that the next Minister for Finance is to be Fine Gael's Michael Noonan, with a key aspect of the portfolio to be driven by Labour's Joan Burton.

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Parties strike coalition deal

Parties strike coalition deal

Fine Gael and Labour negotiators have struck a draft deal for coalition government, which they will put to their rank and file in separate meetings today.

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Parties 'on brink of deal'

Parties 'on brink of deal'

Just a small number of issues now divide Fine Gael and Labour from striking a deal on coalition government.

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Leaders still locked in talks at Leinster House

Leaders still locked in talks at Leinster House

The Fine Gael and Labour leaders were tonight still in talks on forming a new coalition government.

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Hogan: Draft programme for govt is on table

Hogan: Draft programme for govt is on table

Fine Gael and Labour negotiators are battling to resolve final key issues in a draft deal to form a coalition government by next week.

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General Election posters deadline expires

General Election posters deadline expires

The deadline for General Election candidates to take down their posters was midnight last night.

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Coalition deal likely by the end of today

Coalition deal likely by the end of today

It is understood a deal on the future coalition government can be reached by the end of today, although there are still some outstanding issues between Fine Gael and Labour.

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Outgoing TDs' payments top €13m

Outgoing TDs' payments top €13m

The estimated bill for outgoing TDs' pension lump sums and termination payments, for TDs in the last Dáil, comes to more than €13m, according to figures compiled for today's Irish Times.

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'Progress' in coalition talks: Noonan

'Progress' in coalition talks: Noonan

Talks on a potential coalition government are continuing with Fine Gael reporting progress as they hit the weekend deadline.

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Howlin: No Coalition deal tonight

Howlin: No Coalition deal tonight

The Labour Party negotiator, Brendan Howlin, has said it is "highly unlikely" a deal on forming a coalition Government with Fine Gael will be reached tonight.

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Coalition talks expected to continue into tomorrow

Coalition talks expected to continue into tomorrow

Negotiations on the formation of a coalition Government between Fine Gael and Labour are expected to go into tomorrow at least.

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Union calls on Labour to abandon coalition talks

Union calls on Labour to abandon coalition talks

The leader of the second largest union affiliated to Labour has today called on the party to abandon negotiations to enter Government.

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Rabbitte: D-Day for coalition negotiations

Rabbitte: D-Day for coalition negotiations

Senior Labour negotiator Pat Rabbitte says that today is D-Day for the coalition talks between his party and Fine Gael.

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Coalition agreement unlikely this week

Coalition agreement unlikely this week

Labour Party Deputy Leader Joan Burton says it could now be early next week before an agreement is reached on forming a new coalition Government.

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Sides working to achieve coalition deal

Sides working to achieve coalition deal

Negotiating teams from Fine Gael and Labour once more faced each across the table at Leinster House this afternoon as efforts continued to thrash out a coalition deal.

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Bishops congratulate new TDs

The country's Catholic bishops have congratulated all those elected to the new Dáil.

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Parties enter third day of coalition talks

Parties enter third day of coalition talks

Talks between Fine Gael and Labour on forming a coalition government will continue today ahead of a weekend deadline.

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NTMA officials brief party negotiation teams

NTMA officials brief party negotiation teams

Senior officials from the National Treasury Management Agency are briefing the Fine Gael and Labour Party negotiation teams, it emerged today.

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