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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(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (centre) and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill (right) arrive at the Mansion House in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has asked voters who may be unsure of supporting her party to “give us a chance” because other political parties ha(...)

Fianna Fáil says it will prevent so-called cuckoo funds from buying up entire developments. Photograph: Getty

Fianna Fáil says it has decided against implementing a rent freeze if elected after legal advice stated that such a proposal would be “unconstitutiona(...)

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(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh on a bed of 3,000 nails at Dublin’s Explorium.

If Fine Gael is coming under increasing pressure as the election campaign hots up, the ever-affable Minister for Education Joe McHugh is certainly sho(...)

The Green Party has launched its air quality policy by highlighting one of Dublin’s air quality blackspots. From left: Cllr Roderic O’Gorman, Dublin West candidate, Cllr Neasa Hourigan, Dublin Central candidate and Cllr David Healy, Dublin Bay North candidate. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The Green party in government would extend the smokey-coal ban throughout the country, increase air monitoring in high risk areas, and roll-out an ini(...)

Paddy Holohan topped the poll in Tallaght South for Sinn Féin in last May’s local elections: Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin councillor and former MMA fighter Paddy Holohan has been suspended from the party with immediate effect, following comments on his podcast i(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan TD at the Dáil in 2016. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Dublin Central TD Maureen O’Sullivan has announced that she will not stand for re-election, bringing to an end almost 40 years of representation o(...)

 Minister Pascal Donohoe: met management and parents who had children at the company’s Glasnevin crèche last Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has come under fire for meeting the management of Hyde & Seek, the creche chain ordered to close by Tusla. F(...)

Christmas cheer:  Micheál Martin, Finian McGrath, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mary Lou McDonald, Róisín Shortall and Shane Ross at the Oireachtas Christmas tree lights switching-on ceremony at Leinster House.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The numbers alternated slightly on the board that hangs in Seán Kyne’s office, but the Government Chief Whip’s calculations always pointed to a Govern(...)

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