Noel Grealish’s vote is the old Bobby Molloy vote and his seat looks safe. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Green Party has real chance of taking a seat while controversial Grealish will retain his

Sean Canney is one of two Ministers of State in the constituency and it is uncertain if he will get plaudits, or heat, for being in Government. File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

It’s going to be tight but Canney’s seat could be vulnerable

Lisa Chambers of Fianna Fáil got into hot water during the Vote Gate controversy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

With Enda Kenny gone, Fine Gael cannot attain the heights of recent elections

Kildare South: The change from a three-seater to a four-seater here has been nullified by the election of Seán Ó Fearghaíl as Ceann Comhairle. File photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

Battle for last seat expected to be a tussle between Labour and Fianna Fáil

Pat The Cope Gallagher disagreed with the view that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael were similar. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Micheál Martin has consistently said party would not go into coalition with Sinn Féin

 Paddy Holohan, former UFC fighter and Sinn Féin councillor. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ex-MMA fighter Paddy Holohan represents Sinn Féin on South Dublin County Council

Gardaí attend the scene of  an incident in which a homeless man was injured,    along the Grand Canal in Dublin’s city centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Leo Varadkar is criticised after calling on FF mayor to make statement on incident

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shakes hands with President Michael D Higgins (L) after requesting the dissolution of the Dáil. Photograph: EPA/AIDAN CRAWLEY

Inside Politics: Will Saturday polling day increase turnout among key demographic groups?

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaves Government Buildings to travel to Áras an Uachtaráin to seek a dissolution of the 32nd Dáil on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Opposition leaders focus on FG’s record on health and housing as vote is called

Saoirse McHugh: she has a big personality, but a victory would still be a big deal. Photograph: Andrew Hamilton

Some candidates – and possible candidates – who might just make the 33rd Dáil

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will be looking to gain seats for prime position in next government

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in  Parliament Buildings, Stormont, on Monday. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Leaders meet Arlene Foster, Michelle O’Neill and members of Executive at Stormont

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Boris Johnson meet at Stormont  in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Taoiseach lacks parity of self-esteem at event to mark Stormont’s restoration

Customers will be able to electronically unlock the bikes using an app on their smartphone which will also allow them to locate available bikes.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Two Irish companies, BleeperBike and Moby, will be licensed to hire out ‘pedelecs’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the official opening of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in the RDS on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Unionist politicians deplore decision by Minister for Justice to call off planned RIC commemoration

The narrative for most of the past year has been that the two big parties are neck and neck in the polls, and the election could fall either way. That may well turn out to be the case but not on the basis of poll logic. Photograph: Getty Images

The Greens draw a lot of support from the urban middle classes, and could cannibalise Fine Gael’s ambitions

Broadcaster Marian Finucane at RTÉ with an outstanding achievemnet award from Phonographic Performance Ireland. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

Broadcaster immersed herself in charity work after death of daughter in childhood

A paper prepared by Irish Rail shows its plans for an improved Dart service include the possible ‘elimination’ of level crossings at Lansdowne Road (above), Serpentine Avenue, Sandymount Avenue, Sydney Parade and Strand Road/Merrion Gates. Photograph: David Sleator

Proposals for project include closure of level crossing at notorious traffic bottleneck

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  promised to help deliver 50,000 new jobs and  25,000 new homes in the State this year. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Varadkar and Coveney promise ‘record high’ employment and 11,000 social housing units

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has claimed Fine Gael always knew that abolishing the Universal Social Charge was not going to happen because the money was not there to achieve that. File photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil would not abolish USC despite its unpopularity with voters, says party leader

The rod licence for trout and coarse fishing was introduced in the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1987 and led to a bitter split among anglers throughout the country.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Introduction of rod licence in 1989 sparked protests from local fishermen

Charles Haughey on his yacht, Celtic Mist. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Navy, Air Corps and locals on standby to reach taoiseach in event of emergency on Inishvickillane, which had no telephone contact (...)

Taoiseach Charles Haughey called for a comprehensive review of the UDR. Photograph: Colman Doyle

British failed to implement promised reforms of force despite numerous murder and serious criminal convictions

Former taoiseach John Bruton: ‘Ireland’s economic relations with Israel are very narrowly based and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.’ File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former minister believed facility could ‘jeopardise’ Irish trade with Arab states

Charles Haughey: The public will be able to read for the first time about what was actually said at private meetings between the then taoiseach and British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1989

State papers: Only a fraction of documents released this year due to staff shortages and lack of storage space

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at an EEC Summit in Dublin Castle in November 1979. Photograph: Pat Langan

Prime minister’s remarks in private meeting with Charles Haughey reveal British antipathy to Europe that would eventually lead to (...)

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher claimed then chancellor Helmut Kohl wanted to “bulldoze” Germany into seeking more territory, expressing fear this might lead to conflict and war in Europe. Photograph: PA Wire

British prime minister feared an enlarged Germany would become too powerful

Pat Finucane: his murder caused a furore and a serious rift in Anglo-Irish relations. Photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

State papers: Concerns raised weeks before murder of Northern Irish solicitor Pat Finucane

Scaffolding  on Leinster House coming down in July 2019  following multimillion euro refurbishment by OPW. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Projects include work on Leinster House which went €2.5m over original budget

Former Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy did not participate in Dáil votes on more than a third of the sitting and voting days he fobbed in electronically in Leinster House during 2018 and 2019.

‘It remains my intention to establish that I have not broken any rules’ - ex-Fine Gael TD

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  responded by email to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  on Monday evening. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach responds positively to Micheál Martin proposal for short legislative programme

Despite not speaking in the Dáil for more than two years Dara Murphy still drew his salary of €95,000 and full allowances of €51,500. File photograph: The Irish Times

Varadkar critical of Murphy for reneging on pledge to attend over Dáil appearances

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin would not commit the party to a promise to freeze rents. Photograph: James Forde

Micheál Martin favours tax breaks to incentivise small landlords to let property

Joe O’Reilly has served as senator for the Cavan-Monaghan constituency. Photograph: Joe O’Reilly/Facebook

Party has dropped Maria Bailey and Verona Murphy as candidates recently

Former Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy did not participate in Dáil votes on more than a third of the sitting and voting days he fobbed in electronically in Leinster House during 2018 and 2019.  File Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former FG TD did participate on a third of voting days he was recorded as present

Dara Murphy: The former minister of state  was paid his full TD’s salary of €94,500 plus parliamentary standard allowances totalling €51,600 per annum after taking up his job with the EPP in Brussels in September 2017. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Former FG TD did not cast votes on a third of voting days he was recorded as present

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin claimed Fine Gael was “very organised in a very dirty way”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader says Fine Gael will make sweeping empty promises and use 'attack dog' tactics

Leo Varadkar at a media briefing at Government Buildings in Dublin. The Taoiseach and Micheál Martin have recently traded sharp words as they begin to oversee the end of the confidence and supply agreement. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach discussed timing of election with FG Ministers at private meeting this week

Leo Varadkar and  Minister for Health Simon Harris TD during the Department of An Taoiseach’s staff choir for the annual lunchtime recital of Christmas carols at Government Buildings,Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach cites previous example of Bertie Ahern as winter election speculation grows

Micheál Martin: ‘Let us agree a set of do-able legislative priorities to the Easter break’

Fianna Fáil leader says end of spring session in April is optimum time for general election

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Minister of State Finian McGrath and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the switching on of the  Oireachtas Christmas tree lights at Leinster House.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Government sources note a shift towards a preference for an election early next year

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy  told Cabinet colleagues on Tuesday the legislation would be applied in a proportionate and fair way. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Bill to allow development of controversial €1.3bn project approved by Cabinet

A  December 11th, 2019, photograph of Boris Johnson. Britain’s prime minister is pushing on with Brexit preparations. Photograph: BEN STANSALL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Inside Politics: Prime minister’s Bill will essentially outlaw extension to trade negotiations after the end of this year

National Archives on Bishop Street: A lack of space means it relies on the Office of Public Works for temporary storage  for  documents when yearly releases are made. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Only 800 of 2,500 boxes of Government papers from 1989 to be made public in January

A Bingo protest outside the Dáil to call on the Government to reconsider gambling legislation.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

David Stanton says ‘people do not play bingo based solely on the prize level’

A bingo protest outside the Dáil against the Government’s proposed legislation. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Change championed by Minister of State for Justice David Stanton overhauls legislation

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: faces a no-confidence motion. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Inside Politics: Vote on Minister comes in wake of controversy surrounding Verona Murphy and Dara Murphy

Dara Murphy, then minister of State for Data Protection, in 2017.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dáil committee seeking to investigate complaint unable to do so once FG TD resigns

Cork North Central TD Dara Murphy: his attendance at the Dáil on sitting days during 2018 and 2019 was the worst of any TD. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fine Gael TD says many deputies have legal, medical, or farming interests outside the Dáil

Cork North Central TD Dara Murphy: his  attendance at the Dáil on sitting days during 2018 and 2019 was the worst of any TD. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TD still claimed full salary of €94,500, as well as full allowance of €51,600 per annum

Dara Murphy has drawn his full TD’s salary of €94,500 plus parliamentary standard allowances totalling €51,600 per annum since taking up his job with the EPP in Brussels in September 2017. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Party wants to know if absent TD breached regulations by claiming allowances

Dara Murphy has been working for most of the last two years in Brussels as the campaign director for the European People’s Party (EPP). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Barry Cowen criticises Leo Varadkar for saying Cork deputy was doing ‘extremely well’

Dara Murphy, TD for Cork North Central. As he is in what is known as ‘Band 8’ because of his Cork base, he is entitled to €51,600 annually in allowances, in addition to his €94,000 TD’s salary. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TD expected to take up post in cabinet of Bulgarian EU commissioner in December

Dara Murphy: has had one of the worst attendance record of all TDs on Dáil sitting days over the past two years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Cork TD expected to be appointed to cabinet of Bulgarian EU commissioner next month

PAC chair  Seán Fleming  said the cost of the printer had been borne by two bodies, the Oireachtas and the OPW.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

PAC to examine spending on device and €230,000 works to fit it into building

Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy: has been based largely in Brussels for the past two years, where he had a senior role with the European People’s Party. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The TD for North Cork Central will join team of new youth commissioner Mariya Gabriel

In relation to Tusla,the committee highlighted the fact that so many children in need of help were without a social worker. Photograph: iStock

Committee questions if Tusla contracts with private agencies ‘appropriately managed’

At present, a driver who breaks the speed limit is subject to a fine of €80 and three penalty points, irrespective of the speed they were doing. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Shane Ross’s plan will see higher sanctions imposed for those travelling at higher speeds

Minister for Transport: proposals will impose higher sanctions for higher speeds. Originally, he wanted anyone who travelled 30km/h above the speed limit to be prosecuted for dangerous driving. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ross diluted proposals after resistance to 30km/h excess and licence-carrying aspects

European People’s Party members during the party’s summit in Zagreb, Croatia, on Thursday. Photograph: Damir Sencar/AFP via Getty Images

The issue is falling off the list of concerns for Fine Gael’s partners in European People’s Party

 Fine Gael election candidate Verona Murphy  meets Louise Hennessey while  canvassing in New Ross, Co Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne.

Wexford byelection candidate claimed terror group is a big part of immigrant population

The scene at Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford, after 16 people were found alive in the back of a truck on a ferry sailing from France. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardaí investigating how 16 men came to be in back of lorry on sailing from Cherbourg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed doubt that British prime minister Boris Johnson would  be able to successfully negotiate a comprehensive trade deal with the European Union within a year. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Boris Johnson claims he will secure ‘Super Canada Plus’ agreement if he wins election

Leo Varadkar: ‘The case I always make is that we are in favour of migration.’

Taoiseach attempts to close off byelection row sparked by Verona Murphy comments

Maria Bailey has been in the spotlight following the negative publicity surrounding her decision to pursue, and later withdraw, a personal injuries claim over a fall from a swing in Dublin’s Dean Hotel. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

TD says she was not told that basis of decision relied on proposal from party leader

Fianna Fáil’s Lorraine Clifford-Lee meeting Anne O’Connor while canvassing in Portmarnock for the Dublin Fingal byelection. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Unpredictable time for Clifford-Lee due to Fianna Fáil’s general problem with transfers

 Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic (left) welcomes president of the European Council Donald Tusk (right), during his visit to the Croatian capital Zagreb, Croatia ahead of tThe European People’s Party (EPP) congress. Photograph: EPA/Antonio Bat

Angela Merkel among other figures at European People’s Party annual congress

Fine Gael candidate in Wexford Verona Murphy: made the extraordinary claim that Islamic State was ‘a big part of the migrant population’

Inside Politics: Fine Gael candidate in Wexford apologises over claim that Islamic State was ‘big part of the migrant population’

Independent TD Noel Grealish

TD accused of racism over remarks on Nigerian workers often supports Government in Dáil

Noel Grealish  told the Dáil that €3.54 billion in remittances has been sent from Ireland to Nigeria in the last eight years. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The World Bank says €3.54 billion went to Nigeria in 8 years but CSO says €136 million

Noel Grealish TD: asked if the Department of Finance or the Revenue Commissioners had mechanisms in place to ensure that some of the money sent to Nigeria  was “not the proceeds of crime and fraud”.  Photograph: Erik Luke

‘What immigrants do with their money none of his business’ – FF justice spokesman

Quinn Industrial Holdings offices in Derrylin in Co Fermanagh. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Garda representative bodies criticise Minister over policing comments

There are rumours Maria Bailey might run as an Independent if not selected. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party’s national executive could strip TD of candidacy over ‘Swing-gate’ controversy

The three-year pilot scheme gave owners of old homes a grant worth 50 per cent of the cost to bring their houses up to an A3 rating. Photograph: iStock

Minister told agency responsible he was unhappy with how decision was reached

Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney. Photograph:  BBC Spotlight

Gardaí fear gang still have means to continue as Taoiseach seeks to reassure QIH directors

Quinn Industrial Holdings offices in Derrylin in Co Fermanagh. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Michael D’Arcy claims blame for slow response to threats lies with officers ‘on the ground’

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin following his speech to the party conference in Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Party leader criticises Taoiseach’s ‘ignorance or contempt for science’ on climate change

Labour’s Anne Waithira Burke said: ‘I believe it is high time our laws call out the internet and social media, [and] information technology in general’

Anne Waithira Burke tells session on direct provision of racial and sexist abuse

Brendan Howlin has grown into the position of leader, with some good scores on Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many in party wary of re-entering government too quickly even if election goes well

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg:  the committee heard a call for him to be legally compelled to appear before the committee to answer questions about disinformation, fake news and micro-targeted political advertising. Photograph: Erin Scott/Reuters

Individual states urged to put a temporary ban on micro-targeted political advertising

Irleand's Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon

Practice raises GDPR issues, Helen Dixon tells Dublin hearing on disinformation

Carole Cadwalladr (front): ‘The contempt [Mark Zuckerberg] has shown to national representatives here is extraordinary.’ Photograph: David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Netflix

Carole Cadwalladr first disclosed Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook data harvesting in 2016

Facebook: Microtargeting of users allows advertisers to target tiny groups of people. File photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty

Monika Bickert defends decision not to ban political ads in Dublin conference

The day-long session will be chaired by Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton (above), who is a member of the international grand committee along with Eamon Ryan of the Green Party and James Lawless of Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Hearing in Seanad will examine hate speech, harmful content and electoral interference

The move comes a week after Twitter decided to ban all political advertising on its website. Photograph: iStock

Rules aim to prevent elections from being captured by a ‘narrow range of interests’

The late Gay Byrne: a giant of Irish life. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

Inside Politics: The Late Late Show and influential radio show were anything but light entertainment

The latest time for receiving nominations will be 12pm on Monday, November 18th.

Polls to be held in Cork North Central, Dublin Fingal, Dublin Mid-West and Wexford

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty: “I want to ensure that the pensioners of tomorrow don’t just have enough to live on but have a comfortable life in their retirement.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Private sector workers without pension to be enrolled more slowly over longer time frame

Committee chairwoman Hildegarde Naughton said: ‘I wish to announce that I have recused myself from the investigation of complaints.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Hildegarde Naughton says she has voted for a colleague also in the chamber but ‘never’ for an absent TD

Leo Varadkar: the Taoiseach’s stated preference is for an election  in May 2020. FIle photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

One Minister warns that ‘people of Ireland would prefer carol singers to canvassers’

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty will ask Cabinet   to approve an auto-enrolment scheme for private pensions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Employees would begin by contributing 1% of salary to the scheme, matched by employers

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Cabinet will be briefed by Tánaiste Simon Coveney on Wednesday on the implications of another dramatic Brexit week. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Pause in Brexit-related politics in Ireland finally expected during November

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy will bring a memo to Cabinet on Wednesday asking for a two-year extension subject to new conditions. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New ‘use it or lose it’ measure will see planning permission lapse after 18 months

While tobacco sales to minors are prohibited  there are no laws that prohibit the sale of “related products” such as e-cigarettes, vaping refill containers or herbal cigarettes to young persons.  Photograph: Getty Images

Proposed legislation will also prohibit vending machines at locations or events where children are likely to be present

Green Party’s Eamon Ryan: “We see ourselves as representing everyone. It cannot be rural versus urban.” Photograph:  Tom Honan

With rising membership, the Green Party is in strong position for next general election

Pat The Cope Gallagher: ‘I do believe the changes made by the Ceann Comhairle to make sure members take their seats will be able to deal with this issue fully and adequately’. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Times asked 15 Dáil deputies for their views

LÉ Samuel Beckett comes to migrants’ aid during a search and rescue operation northeast of Tripoli in the Mediterranean in 2016

Four MEPs voted against Mediterranean search and rescue resolution over one clause

Pippa Hackett, a county councillor Offaly and the Green Party’s agriculture spokeswoman,  with party leader Eamon Ryan  and Grace O’Sullivan MEP. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No other candidate was nominated to contest the byelection for the Upper House

House of Commons MPs announcing the result of a vote setting out the proposed timetable for the Brexit withdrawal Agreement Bill . Photograph: JESSICA TAYLOR/UK PARLIAMENT/AFP via Getty Images

Inside Politics: British prime minister concedes he will have to talk to EU leaders about Brexit extension

By Tuesday afternoon, Fianna Fáil noted ‘clear instances’ where Ministers were absent from their seats over the past 12 months. File photograph: The Irish Times

Sharp political exchanges on controversy seen as prelude to general election campaign

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