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Andrew Prior and Kath Cottier from the Construction Defects Alliance outside Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has promised to establish a €10 million redress fund for people whose homes have Celtic Tiger building defects if it is elected to governm(...)

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty: he may receive a quota and a half in Donegal. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

A new poll has found Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn may dislodge Independent TD Thomas Pringle or a Fianna Fáil Deputy to win a second seat f(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has said his party will not form a ‘grand coalition’ with Fine Gael after the general election. Photograph: Fran Veale/The Irish TImes.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party will not form a “grand coalition” with Fine Gael after the general election. Mr Martin said his (...)

Candidate Paul Murphy speaking to Steven, Abbie and Billy Banks while canvassing in the Rossfield Avenue estate in Tallaght. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Everyone is jumping on the old age pension bandwagon now. It has become a major issue in the general election. Bríd Smith of People Before Profit thi(...)

The expert view is that ‘this is a short campaign and there is a big opportunity, because the reality is most candidates won’t get to knock on a lot of doors’. File photograph: Getty

Younger voters live digital lives, have shorter attention spans, and are interested in issues not political parties, say experts. Consequently, politi(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, Dublin Bay North candidate David Healy and Dublin North-West candidate Caroline Conroy at Bull Island to launch the party’s Biodiversity and Pollution Policy Paper. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Eamon Ryan is on Bull Island. Aren’t they all these days? There’s an election on. No. The Green Party leader is really there – strolling along Dolly(...)

Mary Lou McDonald is not in a position yet to credibly claim she can lead a government, but a strong showing on February 8th should earn her the right to participate in one. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Despite the loud protests in recent days over Mary Lou McDonald’s exclusion from the debate between Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin, the Sinn Féin lea(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar are pictured in Cork where  Fine Gael set out its agriculture policy on Tuesday. Photograph: Áine McMahon/PA Wire.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has again insisted that Fine Gael will not go into coalition with Sinn Féin after the general election. He was speaking on Tue(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald on the canvass in Dublin Central. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Reuters

Dublin Central (four seats) Current: 1 SF, 1 FG, 1 Ind Mary Lou McDonald is the only near certainty for election in Dublin Central, which for decade(...)

 Farmers protest: Kevin Smith from Co Cavan outside Government Buildings last week. Have the farmers abandoned Fine Gael for Fianna Fáil?  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

A fifth of voters are undecided The numbers show that undecideds are at 20 per cent. Remember that the headline figures from the poll exclude the vot(...)

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