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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Green Party  leader Eamon Ryan. All three Government parties and Sinn Féin have admitted conducting private polling on voter intentions using members or activists who purported to be working for companies that didn’t exist.  File photograph: Julien Behal

Just what is happening with the political polling controversy? Earlier this week, it emerged that Sinn Féin, Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Par(...)

A view of electronic voting facilities in the Dáil. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An expert review into electronic voting in the Dáil has recommended installing extra cameras in the chamber at a cost of about €50,000 to prevent TDs (...)

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The young couple sat across from each other, both absorbed in books. “Books! Young people reading books!” I said to myself, in silent shock. Both ap(...)

 Shane Ross, above,  and Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran went for re-election and both  lost their seats. Independent Minister for Children Katherine Zappone lost hers too. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The numbers are being crunched. Decisions have to be made. And one of the major questions for the political parties will be: is serving in a coalition(...)

 Dr Catherine Day, chair of the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality, addressing the opening session at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gender could be the reason for barriers and constraints in Ireland, former secretary-general of the European Commission Dr Catherine Day said in Dubli(...)

The Irish Simpsons Fans Facebook page  frequently shares memes which are based on scenes from the US TV show, but address political and current affairs issues in Ireland, such as the housing crisis and Brexit. Image: Twitter

Over 800 people have signed up in 24 hours as members of a political party established by the administrators of an Irish Facebook page dedicated to US(...)

The Basta locks and ironmongery brand employed 48 people. It was based in Sligo where it was founded more than 60 years ago

A group of building industry players, including the daughter of former developer Liam Maye, has bought the Basta locks and ironmongery brand out of ex(...)

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(...)

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