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John McGuinness topped the poll in 2016.His public profile as well as a strong electoral base makes him the leader in the field once more. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Carlow-Kilkenny (five seats) Current: 2 FG, 2 FF, 1 SF At the last general election in 2016, Fianna Fáil came close to winning three seats out of fi(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. Last month’s Dáil motion of no confidence in  the Minister was defeated by the Government by 56 votes to 53. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The foundations underpinning the Fine Gael-led minority government of the 32nd Dáil were weak to begin with but have steadily been eroded in the four (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaving RTÉ after his radio interview on Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Arriving at RTÉ’s Montrose campus on Sunday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar cut a remarkably relaxed figure. Dressed casually and with only the Government pr(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is  pictured during an interview with political correspondents in Government Buildings in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times. s

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he will need reassurance from Micheál Martin that the Fianna Fáil leader would order some of his TDs to support the Go(...)

Micheál Martin, Finian McGrath and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who is  likely to decide over Christmas whether to call an election earlier than his initially planned date of May 2020.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Boris Johnson’s decisive victory in the UK general election has reopened the question of when the Irish general election could be held. Brexit has lo(...)

Christmas cheer:  Micheál Martin, Finian McGrath, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mary Lou McDonald, Róisín Shortall and Shane Ross at the Oireachtas Christmas tree lights switching-on ceremony at Leinster House.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The numbers alternated slightly on the board that hangs in Seán Kyne’s office, but the Government Chief Whip’s calculations always pointed to a Govern(...)

There are 117,000 children on hospital waiting lists according to the latest information from the HSE, which brings the total number of children waiting for public health care to 214,737.

Almost 215,000 children are on waiting lists for health care services, according to figures from the HSE. There are 90,000 children waiting for commu(...)

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