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Tánaiste Simon Coveney. File photograph:  David Young/PA Wire

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has urged the people of Cork city to come out and back a plebiscite to allow for a directly-elected Lord Mayor. The Minister f(...)

Weekend polls brought mixed news for all parties and candidates. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Good morning. Polling stations open bright and early on Friday morning, and until then every politician has at least one eye on the elections. Weeken(...)

School students in Athens take part in a demonstration to raise awareness about climate change. Photograph: Getty Images

Friday’s elections for the European Parliament are all about survival. Not the Darwinian struggle for the survival of the fittest politician but the s(...)

Students take part in a “youth strike to act on climate change” demonstration in Nice, France, in March. File photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

At last, there is tangible indication that if Irish citizens shout enough about the threat of climate breakdown, politicians will listen. Equally, it (...)

Draft proposal on climate disruption aims for   70 per cent of Irish electricity needs to  come from renewable sources by 2030. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The use of the term “climate disruption” in the title of the Government’s plan to respond to a rapidly warming world suggests there is finally a minds(...)

  On the Campaign trail: Malcolm Byrne of Fianna Fáil canvassing at Bray Dart Station. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

In postcard pretty Avoca, Co Wicklow on a beautiful day in late spring, Fianna Fáil’s Malcolm Byrne walks its sole street canvassing votes for the Eur(...)

Austria’s vice-chancellor Heinz Christian Strache of the Austrian Freedom Party. Photograph: Florian Wieser/EPA

Austria’s vice chancellor and longtime far-right leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, said on Saturday he was stepping down over “catastrophic” video foot(...)

Grace O’Sullivan (right) with  Mícheál and Carmel Raghaill on their doorstep in Tramore: notice on the door tells  canvassers not to call if they aren’t “naturists”.

While many people welcome the opportunity to bellow at canvassers in the interest of democracy, not everyone is pleased to see them beetling up the ga(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May  and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn: plug has been pulled on six weeks of Brexit compromise talks. Photograph: Philippe Lopez and Paul Ellis

British prime minister Theresa May could give MPs a chance to consider a series of options for Brexit in indicative votes following the collapse of he(...)

Candidates to succeed Jean Claude Juncker as European Commission president gather before their debate at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday. (From left) Jan Zahradil, Nico Cué, Ska Keller,  Margrethe Vestager, Frans Timmermans  and Manfred Weber. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Frans Timmermans was being careful. The European Commission vice-president, who is the socialist group’s (PES) nominee for the commission presidency, (...)

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