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The first debate between Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is happening earlier in the 2020 general election campaign than expected. Photographs: NickBradshaw/The Irish Times and Gareth Chaney/Collins

The first televised leaders’ debate between the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will take place on Wednesday night on Vir(...)

Leo Varadkar: criticised for response to homeless man incident. Photograph: Fran Veale

Good morning, The first full day of campaigning in the 2020 general election was dominated by the issue of homelessness after an incident which was d(...)

The scene in Dublin  where a homeless man was injured during a tent clearing operation along the banks of the Grand Canal. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Housing and homelessness have been catapulted to the centre of the general election debate after a political storm erupted over a homeless man being i(...)

Gardaí attend the scene of  an incident in which a homeless man was injured,    along the Grand Canal in Dublin’s city centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been accused of politicising a serious incident in which a homeless man was injured, after the Taoiseach called on the Fian(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaves Government Buildings to travel to Áras an Uachtaráin to seek a dissolution of the 32nd Dáil on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Declaring that now was the “best time for the country” to choose its next government, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ended months of speculation on Tuesday mo(...)

The main parties don’t have a very high opinion of our aspirations. They think we’re lying when we claim to want a better society. How do we know this? Just follow the money. File photograph: Alan Betson

As we head into a general election we might ask ourselves three questions. What do we want? What do our political leaders think we want? And are the a(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ahead of a Fine Gael party meeting on Friday. His meeting with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on Thursday evening ended inconclusively. Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

Walking back from his meeting with Leo Varadkar on Thursday evening through the corridors that run from Government Buildings to Leinster House, Micheá(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the decision to  commemorate the RIC and DMP. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is “disappointed” at the decision of some figures to boycott the official commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabu(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘My preference has always been for an election in the summer of 2020. However, that may not be under the control of me.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he wants the general election to be held at the “right time for the country”. He was speaking in response to comment(...)

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