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A lot of Fine Gaelers have placed their faith in a repeat of the 2007 election, when a late swing re-elected for a third term an unloved, but grudgingly respected Fianna Fáil government led by Bertie Ahern. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

No votes are yet cast in the 2020 general election, but, with just over two weeks to go until polling day, a change of government is at this point 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(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin canvassing for the upcoming general election in Cabra and Phibsborough, meeting hairdresser Erica Oragano and her client Dezirae Stephan. Photograph: Dave Meehan

So the leader of Fianna Fáil walks into the back room of a charity shop in Phibsborough, startling the woman putting clothes onto hangers. “Oh, Jesus(...)

 Willie Walsh, the then chief executive of Aer Lingus speaking to members of the press in 2001 on the day a restucturing plan was announced with the loss of over 2000 staff jobs. Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

News that Willie Walsh is stepping down as chief executive of Aer Lingus owner IAG won’t have come as a surprise to most people, given that he recentl(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (left)  will meet  Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar on Thursday to discuss the date of the general election.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said there is “no question” of his party voting for the Government as requested by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as one(...)

Micheál Martin has been asked by Leo Varadkar to agree a reform of the Local Property Tax.

The leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are set to engage in a head-to-head general election debate, the first time the leaders of the two parties ha(...)

There’s a huge question mark over how effective a campaigner Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar will be: even those close to him concede that they don’t know. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty

Brexit postponed a general election that would otherwise have occurred in 2019 as the confidence and supply agreement came to the end of its agreed th(...)

Cardinal Tomás Ó’Fíaich. Photograph: PA Wire

A viciously brilliant lampoon by the infamous Cummings from The Sunday Express of May 31st, 1981, which adorns the cover of this riveting and seminal (...)

Our Politician of the Year is Sinn Féin’s deputy leader in the Dáil, Pearse Doherty,  whose work in taking on the insurance industry and keeping a spotlight on its practices has been a rare highlight.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s been a lacklustre year in Leinster House, with Brexit- and Boris-related events in the UK sucking the life and colour out of the political landsc(...)

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 Leo Varadkar has challenged Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to force some of his TDs to support the Government in Dáil confidence motions (...)

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