Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, Social Democrats joint leader Róisín Shortall, Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, host  Claire Byrne, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Solidarity People Before Profit politician Richard Boyd Barrett and Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin, assemble for the seven-way RTÉ leaders pre-election debate at the National University of Ireland Galway. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Seven leaders stand in a row at podiums looking like they’re at the starting line of the world’s most tedious Segway race. RTÉ assembled them here in (...)

General election candidates are being asked to publicly share their views on direct provision and the future of the asylum system. File photograph: Tom Honan

Several parties have promised to phase out direct provision if they are in government after the general election. Candidates are being asked to publi(...)

People Before Profit’s Bríd Smith, a candidate for Dublin South-Central, and Annette Mooney, the party’s candidate in Dublin Bay South, launching the party’s policy to restore the State pension age to 65. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

People Before Profit would restore the pension age to 65 to end the “daylight robbery” of State pensions under existing plans to extend the pension ag(...)

Fine Gael has expanded its Help to Buy scheme until 2021. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Housing Fix is an Irish Times series exploring solutions to Ireland’s housing crisis – arguably the biggest social and economic issue facing (...)

Pensioners Christy Waters from Clondalkin, Dublin,  and Pat Daly from Galway at the launch of Siptu’s Stop 67 campaign to reverse the pension age increase. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

It started with Martin Walsh’s Wednesday lunchtime call last week to RTÉ’s Liveline – a day after Leo Varadkar called the election on January 14th – t(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  The timing of the ESRI’s study is likely to raise eyebrows in Leinster House. Photograph: Douglas O’Connor/PA Wire

The election campaign just went from bad to worse for Fine Gael. The party had hoped to be campaigning on its economic record and Brexit, but has foun(...)

Candidate Paul Murphy speaking to Steven, Abbie and Billy Banks while canvassing in the Rossfield Avenue estate in Tallaght. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Everyone is jumping on the old age pension bandwagon now. It has become a major issue in the general election. Bríd Smith of People Before Profit thi(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar buys  sausages at Fitzgerald’s Butchers during his general election campaign walkabout in Fermoy, Co Cork. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg.

Not so ‘fast’ Eddie A week is a long time in politics, so the cliche goes, but for Fianna Fáil’s Eddie Ryan it must be eternal. “Fast” Eddie declare(...)

Members of the recently restored North Ireland Assembly are to receive a pay rise of £1,000. Photograph: EPA/Kelvin Boyes/Presseye.

Members of the recently restored North Ireland Assembly are to receive a pay rise of £1,000, with one of the beneficiaries of the raise describing the(...)

Last time out in 2016, Mary Lou McDonald soaked up almost a quarter of all the first-preference votes cast in the constituency. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Dublin Central (four seats) Current: 1 SF, 1 FG, 1 Ind Dublin Central was for decades staunch Bertie Ahern and Tony Gregory territory. The only near(...)

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