John Paul Phelan

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Voter.ie is a new service from four Dublin local authorities which allows Dubliners to add their names to the Register of Electors. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

First-time voters, or those who find they have slipped off the electoral register, can sign up to vote without visiting a Garda station, but only if t(...)

Voters in Cork, Limerick and Waterford are to go to the polls without important information. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The idea of directly elected mayors with executive powers has been under discussion for more than a decade. It almost came to fruition five years ago (...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: “If you are the directly elected lord mayor of Cork city, for example, you will arguably be the most influential and powerful politician in the country outside of Cabinet.” Photograph: Clare Keogh

The Government hopes the creation of three directly elected mayor positions can address a democratic deficit in local government which sees policy dec(...)

Runner in Dublin’s Kimmage-Rathmines ward Samantha Long: political parties got almost €6 million in State funding in 2017. A new injection would allocate €500,000 more to “already generously funded party machines”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A special Cabinet meeting was held recently to mark the Government collecting the last few tokens it required to claim a new kettle for the ministeria(...)

John Paul Phelan: “these are completely uncharted waters”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The last two politicians to be elected in to the European Parliament in May will go into “cold storage” until the UK’s departure from the EU is finali(...)

 Labour Party TD Jan O’Sullivan: ‘We really need to prepare our public representatives, in addition to the public, for genuine responsibility.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The prospect of the wrong kind of “celebrity-type” mayors being voted in could be introduced in May because there will not be enough time for a fully (...)

Leo Varadkar receives a birthday cake from DCU students and staff in Ballymun. The guest list for the Taoiseach’s birthday party has been putting noses out of joint. Photograph:  Julien Behal

It’s been like living through the opening scenes of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this week in Leinster House, with a cast of increasingly for(...)

Some €90 million has been invested in Irish start-ups associated with HBAN since 2007

Plans are afoot to sign up 75 new “business angels” this year to invest in fast-growing Irish start-ups. The Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN), a j(...)

The Government has opened a three-month public consultation on what it says would be the most significant reform of the electoral registration process in 100 years: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

The Government has opened a three-month public consultation on what it says would be the most significant reform of the electoral registration proces(...)

Paudie Coffey pictured at the Four Courts last Friday. Photograph: Collins Courts.

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in a defamation case taken by Fine Gael politician Paudie Coffey. A retrial may now occur with the legal costs to(...)

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