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A mood for change has clearly gripped the electorate and Sinn Fein is the main beneficiary. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish politics will be reshaped if the continuing surge in support for Sinn Féin, as revealed in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll, is re(...)

Eamon Ryan, Micheál Martin, Brendan Howlin: Offered a series of potential coalition arrangements for the next government, the most popular option found in the Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll was the Green Party, Fianna Fáil and Labour, which was the first choice of 17 per cent of voters.

Voters are divided on the choice of who should form the next government, according to today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll, though options invo(...)

After an election campaign that has seen Sinn Féin surf the wave of a public mood for change, the party is on the brink of a breakthrough that promise(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: ‘If the Irish people are to elect people, who are we to say “We won’t talk to you’ – we need to respect the voters.’ Above, at the Irish Farm Centre last week. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has warned the major parties that anyone seeking to go into coalition with the Greens will need to seriously addres(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: ‘I think the best option will probably be a connection to the M8’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said any future government should look at all four options for the Cork-Limerick motorway and if savings are to(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD  addressing the Institute of International & European Affairs. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Good morning. So the final week of the campaign is upon us. Five final frantic days of campaign before polling day on Saturday begin this morning. (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael candidate Gabrielle McFadden canvass at Sheraton shopping centre in Athlone, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Party leaders are preparing a series of last-minute attacks on each other’s policies and records as they jostle for advantage in the final week of the(...)

The national herd is covered by most parties in relation to climate change. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

What happened to “the climate election”, where the issue would take over all others? Ireland was among the first countries in the world to declare la(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar on Saturday questioned each other’s sincerity over their refusal to enter government with Mary Lou McDonald’s Sinn Féin. Photographs: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times and Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin has surged ahead of Fine Gael and is tying with Fianna Fáil for the highest vote among political parties, according to the latest opinion po(...)

About one in 10 of our children (110,000) still live in consistent, grinding poverty

Ireland is currently “home” to some 3,800 homeless children and more than 220,000 live in poverty – that means in households on incomes below about €1(...)

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