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Labour leader Eamon Gilmore  at the launch of its 2011 election manifesto at the Aviva Stadium. Labour “needs to refute the nonsense that it has broken its promises. It hasn’t, or at least none that matter.”

Although they won’t admit it, many Labour Party people were pretty happy until a few weeks ago. A deal on the prom notes, employment on the ris(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the launch of the party’s election manifesto in 2011.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Democracy requires accountability and accountability is synonymous with integrity, transparency and honesty. The willingness of elected represe(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on social protection Willie O'Dea. Photo: Matt Kavanagh

Fianna Fáil proposes to allow people easier access to pension lump sum during their working life in an attempt to ease day-to-day financial pre(...)

Late British prime minister  Margaret Thatcher photographed in September 2008. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins has described Margaret Thatcher as one of the “most conviction-driven British prime ministers who drew on a scholar(...)

Nessa Childers arriving with Liz Mc Manus to the European Parliament election count at Punchestown in June 2009. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

MARK HILLIARD MEP Nessa Childers has said any assertion by the Labour leadership that her resignation from the party was not a tough dec(...)

We may be losing our religion, but many of us clearly still believe in saints. The idea of the national broadcaster devoting four hours of airt(...)

Nessa Childers with Labour leader Eamon Gilmore at the Ireland East count in Punchestown, Co Kildare, in June 2009.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On a Sunday in early June 2009, I was chatting off-air to a leading Labour Party figure in RTÉ during European election result programmes. I wo(...)

The anti-austerity march organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions  in Dublin  earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Opposition has said the disclosure that the troika is monitoring health spending on a monthly basis is a reflectio(...)

The two big beasts on the Irish political stage, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, slugged it out in the Meath East byelection this week before Helen (...)

“While Fianna Fáil were the culprits in office, Fine Gael and Labour were complicit in the policies that caused the crisis.” Clockwise from left: Enda Kenny, Eamon Gilmore, Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin at the interdenominational service of prayer for the assembly of the 31st Dáil in St Ann’s Church in Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Four and a half years ago there was a prospect our political culture was about to change utterly. The culture that recklessly drove the country(...)

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