Senior politicians deserve full protection of proper security detail

Cabinet ministers should have their Garda drivers reinstated immediately. The decision on ministers losing this security detail was taken during the height of the recession.

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'Nonsensical and immature': Fianna Fáil's John McGuinness refuses to become Independent TD

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has insisted he has no intention of quitting the party and becoming an Independent after becoming embroiled in a blazing behind-closed-doors row with other TDs over his repeated refusal to stick to the party line.

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Mary Lou McDonald calls on FF to support motion of no-confidence in Simon Harris

Brexit cannot be the "catch-all excuse" to avoid accountability and allow bad governance Mary-Lou McDonald has said in calling on Fianna Fáil to support a motion of no-confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris.

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Former Rose of Tralee winner Maria Walsh seeks Fine Gael nomination for European elections

Former Rose of Tralee winner Maria Walsh has confirmed she is seeking the Fine Gael nomination to contest the European elections in May.

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SDLP members to vote on Fianna Fáil link-up

SDLP members will gather in Newry today to vote on whether the party should link up with Fianna Fáil.

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Eight lobbyists faced legal threat from ethics watchdog

Eight lobbyists were threatened with court proceedings last year by the ethics watchdog over alleged breaches of regulations, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

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Lenihan rejects Russian business ties claims

Ex-Fianna Fáil minister and MEP election candidate Conor Lenihan has rejected claims that his close Russian business ties risk making him Ireland’s answer to Donald Trump, saying he has nothing to “hide” over his post-Dáil work.

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FF and FG both see drop in support, according to latest figures

There has been a sharp drop in support for Fianna Fáil in the latest political opinion poll.

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Cities risk electing 'celebrity-style mayors', Labour TD warns

Cities risk electing "celebrity-style mayors" who have no real understanding of the powers and functions of the role unless the Government ensures there is a genuine public debate on its plan for directly elected mayors.

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It has taken '20 years of dithering' for Fianna Fáil to decide to represent all of Ireland, says Peadar Tóibín

Fianna Fáil and the SDLP are expected to announce an official partnership later today.

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Alliance convinced to abstain in Israel vote

Independent Alliance Ministers were convinced to abstain on a Dail vote today relating to the purchase of goods from the occupied territories amid protests from Israel, it can be revealed.

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Venue for speech by Josepha Madigan moved over protest threat

The venue for a speech by Culture Minister Josepha Madigan has had to be moved because of alleged intimidation and the threat of a major protest by pro-life campaigners.

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Kelleher’s au revoir would spell trouble for Fianna Fáil

Last Wednesday, Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher entered the members’ bar in Dáil Éireann and ordered a coffee.

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MEP Brian Crowley confirms his retirement from politics

Brian Crowley has announced that he will not run in the next European elections due to ill health.

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Limerick councillors agree to poster ban in upcoming local elections

A group of Limerick councillors have signed up to a voluntary ban on posters for the next local elections.

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Spotlight is turning to Europe’s frontrunners

The race for the European elections is already hotting up, with some big names making no secret of their ambition to run, writes Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe.

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TDs defend €1,200 extra expenses on foreign trip

Two TDs who each claimed over €1,200 after hotel, dinner, and breakfast costs were deducted during a five-day trip to Switzerland, have defended the spending levels, saying Oireachtas rules allow them to receive the money.

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Ministers told to attend Dáil mid-week as government losing votes

Ministers have been told to cancel mid-week travel plans because the government is losing too many votes.

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Peadar Tóibín's new party to target Donegal

Former Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín’s new, yet-to-be-named pro-life, republican political party, is eyeing Donegal as one of its “target” constituencies as it tries to make a breakthrough in May’s local elections.

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The time is right for a different kind of political discourse to emerge

Stephen Lynam says that while it is naïve to to enter the world of politics and expect civility, toning down the insults would be a a step in the right direction.

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'This is crazy stuff' - FF's Thomas Byrne accuses FG TD of 'Punch and Judy politics'

Fianna Fáil’s Education spokesperson Thomas Byrne has described comments by Longford-Westmeath Fine Gael TD Peter Burke as “Punch and Judy politics”.

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Dáil likely to face significant disruption

Significant disruption to the Dáil is likely to facilitate the passage of legislation to prepare for a ‘no-deal Brexit’ between now and March 29, the Cabinet will be told today.

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Slurry is future of energy here, say ministers

Using slurry to power family homes is the future of energy production in Ireland, ministers believe.

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‘Mobocracy’ at the forefront of second coming of fascism

The biggest danger we face is not a straightforward revival of fascism, but rather a creeping shift in traditional conservatism towards the extreme populist right, says Michael Burleigh.

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Politicians deserve more than our vote. They deserve our respect, too

Abuse and invective directed at our elected representatives are a reflection of the times, writes Alison O’Connor.

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Taoiseach cannot rule out general election next year despite confidence and supply extension

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he cannot rule out a general election next year, despite Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil extending the confidence and supply deal until spring 2020.

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Globalisation comes to a major crossroads

The world is experiencing an epoch-making rebalancing that is not just economic but also geopolitical, writes former UK prime minister Gordon Brown

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Endorsing centrist politics: Time to end a century-long faux division

Great social or political change sometimes arrives after decades of campaigning in a great carnival of marching bands, face-painting, and rainbow banners all aflutter. Like a spring tide, an idea that can be resisted no longer presses its case in

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Democracy is suffering for the lack of a robust, combative opposition

We're holding the government to account. We’re only acting in the national interest. There’s a need for a bipartisan approach. How often do we hear those phrases nowadays?

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Poll shows fall in popularity for Taoiseach and Fine Gael

A new poll out this weekend shows satisfaction with the Government has fallen.

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Former Workers’ Party president Seán Garland dies aged 84

Mr Garland died at his home in Navan, Co Meath after a long illness.

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Micheál Martin to meet Taoiseach about Confidence and Supply Agreement

The Fianna Fáil leader has told party colleagues he will meet the Taoiseach tomorrow to discuss the future of the confidence and supply deal.

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Murphy criticised for 'incompetent' handling of Bill for direct election of mayors

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has been severely criticised in the Dail after he proposed major last minute changes to a Bill aimed at delivering directly elected mayors in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.

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Carbon tax bill rise report way off the mark – Leo Varadkar

The Taoiseach responded days after he promised to cut taxes over the next five years if Fine Gael is re-elected.

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Fianna Fáil calls for 'national conversation' around sexual consent

Fianna Fail has called for a "national conversation" around sexual consent as well as special workshops and awareness campaigns in schools and colleges.

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Seanad suspended as Cork Senator Jerry Buttimer accused of making misogynistic comments

The Seanad was suspended amid chaotic scenes after a senator was accused of making misogynistic comments in the chamber.

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Plans to axe flat rate expenses 'unnecessary worry to people', says Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar appeared to criticise his own Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe in the Dail for causing “unnecessary worry to people” over plans to axe flat rate expenses.

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As wary Martin dithers, Fine Gael and Varadkar can make luck count

As lucky generals go, Leo Varadkar is lucky out.

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Is your country on the right track? The results are in and might surprise you

An international survey has found that six in 10 people around the world think their country is on the wrong track, with financial and political corruption topping their concerns.

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Government hits out at 'mystic' Micheál Martin's comments

The Government has attacked "mystic" Micheál Martin for claiming he can read the minds of Fine Gael Ministers but refuses to provide any clarity on confidence and supply himself.

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Micheál Martin responds to Simon Harris' accusation of Fianna Fáil 'sniping'

The Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, has hit back at criticism of his party's engagement in 'confidence and supply' talks with Fine Gael.

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Micheál Martin ahead of Taoiseach in latest poll

Micheál Martin is a more popular leader than Leo Varadkar, according to a new opinion poll.

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Michelle Obama reveals reason why she embraced the Queen

Many publications have reported that at first she was awe struck by Britain’s head of state she described as an ‘honest-to-goodness icon’.

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Speculation that former junior minister may run as Independent

Speculation is mounting as to whether John Perry will run as an Independent candidate in the next election after failing to get onto the Fine Gael ticket.

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Time to strengthen regulations - Emotion and blind faith real threats

A commitment to a religion is always described, and generally accepted, as an expression of faith.

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Varadkar wants 20 female Fine Gael TDs elected after next General Election

The Taoiseach wants at least 20 female Fine Gael TDs elected after the next General Election.

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Parties to negotiate confidence and supply deal to keep Govt in place

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail get back underway today aimed at keeping the current government in place.

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Populism is not a political phase or one-off. It’s here to stay

Liberalism is not a given, but the real threat to a civilised polity is when a populist government fails and millions are left embittered, says John Lloyd.

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Power must be held to account — now

If there’s summer school or even a short weekend course for would-be government leaders in democratic countries it should have on its timetable a session about an aphorism

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De Valera left behind a tarnished reputation

In volume two of his biography of Éamon de Valera, covering 1932-1975, the RTÉ journalist David McCullough paints a complex picture, writes Ryle Dwyer.

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The end of Germany’s two-party system is on the horizon

This weekend’s regional election in Germany will provide further proof of a fragmenting political landscape, writes Slawomir Sierakowski.

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‘Straightforward, constructive’ talks on confidence and supply

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will review and exchange assessments on the confidence and supply agreement next Tuesday after talks on a renewal of the deal got under way today.

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Confidence and supply talks 'constructive', Fianna Fáil say

Confidence and supply talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will begin this afternoon.

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Taiwan letter branded ‘bizarre’

Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghail has been attacked by his own party colleague John McGuinness in a row about a forthcoming trip for TDs to Taiwan.

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Election preparations front and centre of political thoughts

Don’t be fooled by the confidence and supply talks spin. The general election is just around the corner, writes Political Correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

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Former Fine Gael TD Seymour Crawford dies aged 74

Former Fine Gael TD, Seymour Crawford, has died aged 74.

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Fianna Fáil making ground on Fine Gael, latest poll shows

Fianna Fáil is making ground on Fine Gael, according to the latest opinion poll.

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Armenia’s premier steps down in bid to force early election

Nikol Pashinian took office in May after weeks of protest.

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Dáil to vote on Taoiseach's Cabinet reshuffle

The Dáil will vote today to approve a Cabinet reshuffle by the Taoiseach.

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Poll shows voters split between General Election and maintaining current govt

Negotiations teams to review the deal keeping the Government afloat will be appointed this week.

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