The Social Democrats  conference heard that those most likely to die and those most in need of healthcare were the least likely to have access to health services. Photograph: Getty Images

The socially-deprived have poorer health than those living in affluent areas, a Dublin GP told the Social Democrats national conference. Dr David Gib(...)

 Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams: is the party starting a move on coalition? Photograph: Eric Luke

There are two big facts about the disposition of political forces in the post-austerity era: the enduring strength of the two big parties, and the fra(...)

 Sarah Jane Hennelly: “If I had a vote for every time people told me they were let down by Labour I’d be elected for sure”

The Social Democrats have rebuffed what they say are constant suggestions from senior Labour Party figures of a merger between the two parties. Party(...)

Catherine Murphy TD and Roisín Shorthall TD  at the Social Democrats inaugural National Conference in Dublin on Saturday.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For comparison purposes, a good place to start with the Social Democrats would be Donald Trump. Before its supporters start choking on their flat w(...)