John Paul Phelan

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Limerick was the only one of three cities to vote in favour of a directly elected mayor in a recent local referendum held in May. Both Cork and Waterford rejected the proposal.

Limerick will hold the country’s first election for a mayor in May 2021, it has been announced. Limerick was the only one of three cities to vote in(...)

Trinity College emeritus professor of political science Michael Marsh: ‘a big health warning’ on turnout figures for this year’s local and European elections. File image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Election turnout figures are a “work of fiction” based on an inaccurate and unreliable register of electors, a leading academic has claimed. Figure(...)

John Paul Phelan (centre): Government would decide “in the next couple of weeks” on a citizens’ assembly. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government will proceed with plans for a directly elected mayor in Limerick after a majority of voters backed the proposal, Minister of State for (...)

 European election candidates Clare Daly (left) and Barry Andrews are contesting the final seats in Dublin. Whoever finishes fourth will have to wait to take up their seat. Photograph: Collins

The count in the Dublin European constituency was suspended last night due to a row over the distribution of votes. We explain what happened and why i(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney. File photograph:  David Young/PA Wire

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has urged the people of Cork city to come out and back a plebiscite to allow for a directly-elected Lord Mayor. The Minister f(...)

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(...)

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