Joe Biden defends behaviour towards women

Mr Biden released a new statement in response to allegations from a Nevada politician that he kissed her on the back of the head in 2014.

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Higgins spent €1.7m on hospitality during first term

President Michael D Higgins spent more than €1.7m on food, beverages, hospitality, and entertainment during his first term in office, newly published figures reveal.

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Peter Casey hits out at 'unprofessional, patronising and insulting' Ryan Tubridy

Peter Casey has claimed he was "set-up" in his Late Late Show appearance last Friday.

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Peter Casey offered Renua leadership after FF rejection

Presidential election runner-up Peter Casey’s audacious threat to set up a “new Fianna Fáil” if Micheál Martin blocks him from joining the party has led to Renua Ireland’s leader saying he “will not stand in the way” of him taking over his party.

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‘Fianna Fáil needs somebody like Peter Casey to shake it up,’ election runner-up insists

Fianna Fáil TDs have outright rejected Peter Casey’s calls to allow him to join and make him party leader, saying he would be “eaten alive” in real politics and will never be welcomed because he is “scapegoating” minority groups.

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Democracy in use-it-or-lose-it crux: Participation better than a new party

There are regular if unpredictable cycles in Irish life. Kerry footballers are good for an All-Ireland or two most decades.

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Micheál Martin must face up to the Casey conundrum

If Micheál Martin thought Mary Hanafin, Éamon Ó Cuív, and Bertie Ahern hanging around was bad, he may be about to get a foghorn-volume wake-up call as to what awkward really means, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith

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I will form new party if Fianna Fáil will not let me join, says Casey

The defeated presidential candidate said he plans to become Taoiseach.

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Peter Casey urged to give €100,000 expenses to people of Donegal

A county councillor has urged Presidential candidate Peter Casey to give his €100,000 expenses to the people of Donegal.

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Five-year presidency and Áras spending transparency on Varadkar’s reform list

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has backed plans to cut presidential terms to just five years and to draft new spending transparency laws in the wake of the Áras 2018 election showdown.

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Four failed candidates set to lose out on refunds

Higgins and Casey the only ones to reach more than 12.5% of vote

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Party ire at idea of Peter Casey as Fianna Fáil taoiseach

Members of Fianna Fáil have poured cold water on Peter Casey’s ambitions to join the party and become taoiseach.

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President Higgins already has plans for second term

Michael D Higgins is not exactly heading back to the Áras — he never really left.

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Michael D Higgins takes swipe at Peter Casey’s comments on Travellers

President Michael D Higgins has launched a thinly-veiled attack on rival Peter Casey’s divisive views on Travellers, insisting “a real Republic is where every person and community is treated with respect”.

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Michael D Higgins re-elected - Masterclass undermines democracy

Take a bow, Ireland. At a moment when so many once reliable societies shy away from the never-ending challenge of sustaining progressive, tolerant, welcoming, largely decent societies, we re-elected a president whose half-century political career has been dedicated to the long and always democratic pursuit of those noble, uplifting ideals.

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Readers' blog: What lies ahead after Áras election

So Michael D Higgins returns to the Áras with a strong mandate but a tarnished reputation. He will have to double down over the next seven years to ensure his legacy is not that of the Learjet president.

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Michael Clifford: We may learn lessons from needless election

There was no exceptional candidate in a presidential field with three waffling Dragons. If this was a worthwhile exercise in democracy, we’re in trouble, writes Michael Clifford.

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Comment: Peter Casey has desensitised the public conversation

In the fall-out from the presidential election, the Traveller community needs a champion of Taoiseach stature, but the concerns of the one in five people who voted for a dangerous and incoherent man full of contradictions must also be addressed, says Alison O’Connor.

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Michael D Higgins’ historic victory is significant

THE result was never in doubt, but Michael D Higgins’ stunning victory is significant.

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'We're okay thanks': Cool response from Fianna Fáil over Peter Casey’s general election ambitions

The controversial presidential candidate finished in second place behind Michael D Higgins following a late surge.

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Michael D Higgins hails re-election as a vote for hope over fear

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hailed Mr Higgins’s re-election as an ‘historic victory’.

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Election reaction: No apology for Peter Casey, says Taoiseach

LATEST: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has this evening insisted he will not apologise to presidential candidate Peter Casey for calling on people not to vote for him, saying there is no need to do so.

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Defeated candidates in Presidential election united in praise for victorious Higgins

They spoke of their disappointment in their own results, but said it was important to have held the election.

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Government open to greater transparency around spending at Áras an Uachtaráin, says Varadkar

The Government is open to extending existing Freedom of Information Act laws to ensure there is greater transparency around the office of the Presidency.

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President Higgins calls for 'Republic of equality' in thinly-veiled criticism of Peter Casey comments

President Michael D Higgins has used his inauguration speech to launch a thinly-veiled broadside at rival Peter Casey's divisive Traveller comments, insisting "a real Republic is where every person and community is treated with respect".

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Election live: Michael D Higgins elected President of Ireland on first count

Latest: Michael D Higgins has been elected to serve a second term as President of Ireland.

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Peter Casey ‘kidding himself’ over election votes, says Traveller

Mr Casey was projected to come runner-up in the presidential election.

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Peter Casey attracts third of the vote in Limerick County

While Michael D Higgins dominated the Presidential election vote in his birthplace Limerick today, his nearest rival Peter Casey achieved impressive results in the rural parts of the county with large Traveller populations.

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Sean Gallagher: Nobody has died

Presidential election candidate Sean Gallagher has today attempted to quell his bitter disappointment at a second election defeat in a row by saying "nobody has died".

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Peter Casey is no 'evil genius' he was just 'throwing grenades' says Gavin Duffy

Beaten presidential candidate Gavin Duffy has insisted rival Peter Casey is not an "evil genius", saying his Travelling community comments were just because he was "throwing grenades and one of them was going to explode".

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Casey: I'm still waiting on the Taoiseach to apologise

Presidential challenger and businessman Peter Casey has left the door open on a future in politics and said he is considering forming a party.

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Presidential Election - Results by constituency

Explore the results in the Presidential Election from your area in the interactive map below

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Brendan Howlin: President Higgins will 'challenge us to be the best we can be'

Labour leader Brendan Howlin championed Michael D Higgins near-certain re-election as president, saying the "national grandfather" is "someone who will ask the best of us and challenge us to be the best we can be".

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Landslide victory looms for the poet-turned-president

Ireland’s ninth president has campaigned for justice and equality throughout his life.

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Sinn Féin has 'no regret' about running Liadh Ní Riada

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald says the party has "no regret" about competing in the presidential race despite an expected low level of support for MEP Liadh Ní Riada.

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Rivals must be scratching their heads as to why they even considered running

The consistency of the two exit polls is remarkable and the result is crystal clear.

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Remarkable presidential election exit polls result crystal clear

The consistency of the two exit polls is remarkable and the result is crystal clear.

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Exit polls: Michael D Higgins set for re-election; Peter Casey comfortable runner-up

Michael D Higgins has secured a historic second term as President of Ireland, despite the lowest turnout ever, two exit polls suggest.

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#Aras18: Low voter turnout across the country for election and referendum

Nationally turnout is in the high teens and early 20s.

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Readers' Blog: Higgins helps presidency in losing its religion

Not one presenter during radio and/or TV presidential election debates has thought to ask (particularly President Higgins) about their (his) religious beliefs, regarding the swearing of presidential oath of office on a holy book, while maintaining atheistic beliefs, and also being the guardian of Bunreacht na hÉireann, the Constitution, which has references to God and the Holy Trinity within its wording.

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Presidential candidates criticise format of TV debates

Several presidential candidates have criticised the formats of TV debates during the campaign, describing them as “farcical” and in bad need of reform.

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First votes cast in presidential election as islanders have their say

Ballot boxes were transported to and from 11 islands by ferry or helicopter.

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Here's what you need to know ahead of tomorrow's vote

A number of groups are reminding the public to vote tomorrow in the referendum on blasphemy and the Presidential election.

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Islanders head to polls

Islanders traditionally vote one day ahead of the rest of the country.

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Minister goes against FG to back Freeman

A Fine Gael minister has gone against his own party to publicly back Joan Freeman in the presidential race.

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Final presidential debate was like Hamlet without prince

Presidential challenger Sean Gallagher attacked the Government as candidates in the race for the Park struggled to make an impact as the incumbent stayed away from the final debate of the campaign.

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Presidential use of jet: Costly flight of fancy

It is not only the question of airports which stimulate political rows. As we witnessed during the rapidly closing presidential election, the use of jets by our leaders also raises the collective blood pressure.

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Gallagher slams Taoiseach and ministers for supporting Michael D Higgins

Businessman Sean Gallagher has slammed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and ministers for campaigning for President Michael D Higgins at a time when there is a housing crisis and hospital overcrowding.

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Peter Casey hits out at ‘out of touch’ Varadkar

Presidential candidate Peter Casey has hit out at Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for being “out of touch” with “ordinary people” and said he has “spent more time in India in the last three years” than the Taoiseach has.

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EU hopes UK-wide customs union will break deadlock while Leo stresses importance of backstop

EU negotiators are hoping for a Brexit breakthrough with a proposal that could allow for a UK-wide customs union.

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Taoiseach defends Michael D’s use of jet, says cost is 'very small'

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended President Michael D Higgins’ decision to use the Government’s Learjet to fly to Belfast, saying the near €6,000 cost is “actually very small”.

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Candidates attack President Higgins over 'extravagant' expenses in debate

President Michael D Higgins was repeatedly attacked for his “extravagant” lifestyle and Learjet trips amid claims that he “could not lie straight in bed” over spending during tonight's high-profile presidential debate.

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Verbal abuse victim blames Peter Casey for 'emboldening' racists

A woman from the Traveller community who was verbally abused at a Dublin university has blamed presidential candidate Peter Casey for emboldening those with racist views in society.

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Varadkar: Government jet was flown around empty during recession

President Michael D Higgins’ use of the Government Learjet to an event in Belfast cost the taxpayer about €5,670.

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President’s use of jet cost taxpayer over €5,600

President Michael D Higgins’ use of the Government Learjet to an event in Belfast cost the taxpayer about €5,670.

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Wacky presidential campaign has gone to the dogs

With the incumbent President Michael D Higgins so far ahead in the race, it was only a matter of time before things became somewhat farcical.

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Gallagher puzzled as to why fellow candidate Casey doesn't like him

Last week, Casey revealed he didn't like Gallagher "because he's not very nice".

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Michael D Higgins says he used private jet following security advice from office

The incumbent had said he had to fly to Northern Ireland last May as the Northern Irish Police Service could not provide the required security by road.

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Joan Freeman sorry daughter had to speak out to address Iona links

Joan Freeman says she is sorry her daughter had to come forward to address the Presidential candidate's links to the Iona Institute.

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Liadh Ní Riada writes to President Higgins about use of public money

Presidential candidate Liadh Ní Riada has sent a letter to Michael D Higgins asking him to explain his use of public money.

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