Leo Varadkar: ‘Over the next five years we can look forward to building a much better country.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin have laid out their stalls for the general election now expected to take place early next(...)

Catherine Martin TD: “Providing a directly elected Dublin mayor must be viewed in the context of the housing emergency and the transport gridlock Dubliners face every day.” Photograph:  Maxwellphotography.ie

Voters in numerous council areas are to be asked next year if they want directly elected mayors. Those in the areas covered by the councils of Cork (...)