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Minister for Local Government Eoghan Murphy will seek Cabinet approval in the next two weeks for the Register of Electors Bill to reform and modernise the electoral register. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Teenagers under 18 will be able to pre-register to vote so that they are automatically included on the electoral register when they reaching voting a(...)

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(...)

A think tank has suggested that for the first time a combined ‘grand coalition’ of the EPP and the left-wing bloc will not have a majority in the European Parliament.

Anti-EU parties are likely to form the second largest bloc in the European Parliament after next month’s elections, a study of polling trends by a Eur(...)

Chair of the Citizens’ Assembly Ms Mary Laffoy and Sharon Finegan, secretary, in  Malahide. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Referendums should be held on weekends and the voting age should be dropped to 16 to encourage higher turnout, the Citizens’ Assembly has recommended.(...)

Claire Foy playing Queen Elizabeth and Matt Smith as Prince Philip in The Crown

Now that Christmas has arrived, it’s time for political junkies to take some downtime. Here are some ideas on how they might treat themselves over the(...)

Frances Fitzgerald and Micheal Noonan at Trinity College surrounded by student from Glanmire in Cork. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The talks taking place in Trinity College are not the first political discussions of national importance the campus has hosted. Seán Barrett, seekin(...)

While Labour is cool on coalition, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have discussed the future of Irish Water and the charges

Opinion in the Labour Party has hardened against another coalition with Fine Gael, with strong indications that party members will reject such a propo(...)

 Protesters wearing masks of Enda Kenny  and Micheál Martin.  The difficulties of bringing the two parties together are underrated. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

On August 12th, 1927, Fianna Fáil TDs took their seats in the Dáil. After the assassination of minister for justice Kevin O’Higgins the previous month(...)

Maurice Manning: The Manning group’s report has since sat untouched on some shelf in Government Buildings. Setting it up was a cynical exercise in winding down the clock on reform.  Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

While we wait patiently as our newly convened Dáil takes its time in forming a government, the election of our next Seanad is happening below the publ(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the launch of the party’s advertisement campaign outside Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

As we head into the second weekend of what we are currently calling the 2016 election, there is every possibility that we will end up having to call i(...)

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