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 Saoirse McHugh, the Green Party’s candidate for Mayo,  chatting to Vincent Barrett while on the campaign trail in Foxford. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One day last week Green Party candidate Saoirse McHugh called to a house while canvassing in Mayo and talked to the woman there. It was evening and sh(...)

There is an apocryphal quote that is often attributed to the late US president Lyndon Johnson about the vagaries of elections. After losing a parti(...)

Ruth Coppinger’s predecessor Joe Higgins arrives to give a hand. As shoppers say hello to him, he says: ‘We need to keep a fighter in there. You could have four males elected and no female fighter’. Photograph: Harry McGee

Ongar town centre is so new that it still looks like an architect’s drawing: fresh-looking buildings, a smattering of people, and green areas with sap(...)

Taoisech Leo Varadkar (R) with British prime minister Boris Johnson (L). File photograph: Noel Mullen/AFP/Getty Images

Last year was my first time voting in England, and I am still suffering from post-traumatic stress. Rather than the gentleman’s tussle over the centre(...)

Fine Gael’s commitment to planting 8,000 hectares of forestry annually is vague on whether this will be biodiverse-rich native species or just more dead zones of industrial timber. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Last May, the Oireachtas declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. That was the easy bit. Since then, political inaction has spoken louder than w(...)

 Catherine Byrne, Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy: her seat is seen as the most vulnerable.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The results of the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll, if reflected on polling day this Saturday, would mean significant seat losses for Fine (...)

Green Party leader  Eamon Ryan: ‘Every flyer being put through my door by rival parties is climate central, everyone cycling everywhere, organic this, flowers and birdboxes galore.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has rejected a view that a huge proportion of Irish people are not ready to embrace radical action to address the climat(...)

A number of the proposals referred to are in the Sinn Féin manifesto, which calls for an increase in income tax on those earning over €100,000

The business impact of some of the proposals featured in the general election manifestos would be “ grave” and would threaten growth and job crea(...)

Ahead of the general election, are the parties mentioning the merits of cycling in their manifestos? And what exactly are they promising?  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Cycling is being embraced by most political parties as a means to lessen the problems of urban congestion and transport-based carbon emissions. It’s(...)

Sinn Féin has surged into first place in the general election race, with a quarter of all likely voters now saying they intend to vote for the party, (...)

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