Mary Lou McDonald is not in a position yet to credibly claim she can lead a government, but a strong showing on February 8th should earn her the right to participate in one. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Despite the loud protests in recent days over Mary Lou McDonald’s exclusion from the debate between Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin, the Sinn Féin lea(...)

There has been a substantial drop in satisfaction with Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar since October but his is still, by a small margin, the most popular party leader. Micheál Martin has also dropped since the last poll. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Election 2020 is shaping up to be a close run contest with Fianna Fáil having the advantage in the early stages, according to the first Irish Times/ I(...)

Dara Murphy registered his presence in Leinster House on 42 of the 104 sitting days in 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Interesting figure from the Dara Murphy fob-a-job abomination – while the bulk of his appearances in Leinster House occurred when the Dáil wasn’t in s(...)

Simon Coveney: Border poll not appropriate at this difficult time.

Sinn Féin calls for a Border poll within five years have been rejected by Tánaiste Simon Coveney. The Tánaiste warned that such a vote would com(...)

Sinn Féin leader  Mary Lou McDonald at the count centre in the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Even very early on in the count, it was shaping up to be a very difficult weekend for Sinn Féin and its leader who now faces her second disaster - two(...)

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan speaks to the media as  counting begins in the Local and European Elections and divorce referendum at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: PA

For some time now, it has been one of the obvious questions about Irish politics: why, at a time of unprecedented public concern about the environment(...)

Mary Lou McDonald on the screen during the Sinn Féin special ardfheis held in the RDS. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

For some members, it was as simple as a change in colour. Purple was just too much. After the presidential election, a low point of Mary Lou McDonald(...)

In the RTÉ/Red C poll Peter Casey easily outscored the other presidential election candidates on “the ability to stand up for ordinary people”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Michael D Higgins won the presidential election with votes to spare but most of the commentary in the aftermath has been about the reasons for the dra(...)

The announcement by Mary Lou McDonald (pictured, with Michelle O’Neill) that Sinn Féin will not take part in any of the official events to mark the centenary of the establishment of Northern Ireland gives the lie to the notion that her leadership represents a new departure for the party. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Mary Lou McDonald’s announcement that Sinn Féin will not take part in any of the official events to mark the centenary of the establishment of Norther(...)

Thirty-one members of Fianna Fáil, including deputy leader Dara Calleary and the party’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath,  urged voters to oppose the proposition to remove the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Fianna Fáil

As deputy leader of Fianna Fáil, Dara Calleary was the party’s highest-ranking TD to campaign for the retention of the Eighth Amendment in May’s refer(...)

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