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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, Social Democrats joint leader Róisín Shortall, Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, host  Claire Byrne, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Solidarity People Before Profit politician Richard Boyd Barrett and Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin, assemble for the seven-way RTÉ leaders pre-election debate at the National University of Ireland Galway. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Seven leaders stand in a row at podiums looking like they’re at the starting line of the world’s most tedious Segway race. RTÉ assembled them here at&(...)

Deputy Catherine Murphy, co-leader of the Social Democrats, said the Official Secrets Act as currently framed is at odds with the culture of whistleblowing. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

An American-style Oireachtas committee vetting process for senior appointments to public bodies should be introduced, the Social Democrats have sugges(...)

Social democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall said it was an indictment of Ireland that 100,000 children live in poverty. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Social Democrats have pledged to eliminate child poverty in its entirely over the course of a government term. Party co-leader Róisín Shortall sa(...)

Social Democrats joint-leader Róisín Shortall. File photograph: Collins

Civil War politics will continue indefinitely unless parties of the left learn to co-operate more with each other, according to Social Democrats joint(...)

Members of the Social Democrats party Catherine Murphy, Gary Gannon and Roisin Shortall opening  their election campaign on Dublin’s Sean McDermott Street. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

A nationwide rent freeze, a constitutional right to housing and building more than 100,000 homes over the next five years are some of the housing poli(...)

Social Democrats joint leader Róisín Shortall: Sláintecare plan had got off ‘to a very bad start’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The Social Democrats have said a fully funded implementation of the Slaintecare health reform programme would be “an absolute red line” in any potenti(...)

Social Democrats launch their election campaign. Co-leaders Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy with candidate Gary Gannon. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

At the launch of their general election campaign the Social Democrats emphasised their commitment to delivering on core issues: housing, health and pu(...)

The owners of the former Regency Hotel, now the Bonnington, in Whitehall, Dublin, have been ordered to reassess their plans to build a seven-storey ‘room only’ hotel on the grounds. Image: Google Maps

The owners of the former Regency Hotel, now the Bonnington, in Whitehall, Dublin, have been ordered to reassess their plans to build an additional sev(...)

Donor breast milk is crucially important for mothers who cannot produce enough milk for their newly-born infants, and can be a life-saving elixir in the case of premature babies. Photograph: iStock

Irish maternity hospitals receive donor breast milk via a volunteer group known as Blood Bikes – motorcyclists who give their free time to deliver ess(...)

Protesters against Government plans for bingo outside the Dáil on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Glitzy and professional bingo businesses would “muscle in” on community events if commercial bingo was allowed in the State, Minister of State David S(...)

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