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An artist’s impression of the proposed incinerator at Ringaskkiddy in Co Cork.

Campaigners against a proposed €160 million waste incinerator for Cork Harbour are to use Prince Charles’s visit to the Irish Naval Service HQ at Haul(...)

 Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, chairwoman, at the Citizens’ Assembly in Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The first signs that the Irish public were far more liberal about abortion than had been assumed came at the Grand Hotel in Malahide, following the de(...)

Majella McGuire Flanagan speaking to Campaigners for the No campaign  in Castleknock, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Fine Gael Minister, a Fianna Fáil TD and an independent senator have all warned in recent days about the growing proliferation of unregulated online(...)

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy claimed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had defamed him when he accused him of thuggery during a Dáil debate on the Jobstown anti-water charges protest.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People who claim to have been defamed by TDs in the Dáil could be entitled to redress under plans to be considered this week. Ceann Comhairle Seán O(...)

Members of the assembly will debate how referendum campaigns are regulated, and when and how they should take place.  Photograph: Getty Images

The future of referendums in Ireland will be discussed by the Citizens’ Assembly at its next meeting in January. Members of the assembly will debate(...)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: also confirmed a counselling service was available to TDs, Senators and staff at the Houses of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TDs and Senators are to be given training on ways they can assist constituents who present with mental health difficulties. Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fe(...)

 Mobilised:  Irish protest was galvanised by the campaign against water charges. Photograph: Mart Klein/Ikon/Getty

Populism is a race to the bottom in Irish politics,” says the Labour TD Alan Kelly. “It’s where political parties and political individuals will do an(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and  Taoiseach Enda Kenny.  Martin definitively rejected Kenny’s offer of a  grand coalition, but he offered to facilitate a Fine Gael minority Government. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

A year ago tomorrow, Ireland went to the polls for a general election that would provide the greatest upheaval in Irish politics since . . .(...)

A horse-drawn carriage leading an anti-austerity march in O’Connell Street, Dublin, in 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke

Austerity was necessary to correct Ireland’s public finances, but it was not responsible for the rapid recovery of the country’s economy subsequently,(...)

The consensus in political science was that the rise of populism in recent elections across the world, while significant, would reach a natural ceiling: the mainstream political forces would continue to hold the line. Photograph: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This year has been a rollercoaster of a year for democracy, and also for those whose work is in the serious study of politics. This time last year mos(...)

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