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#Political Parties

# political-parties - Thursday 30 August, 2018

Mixed reaction to step back from gender quotas for local elections

Political parties that run at least 30% female candidates in next year’s local elections will get funding for an equality officer.

# political-parties - Thursday 12 July, 2018

Dáil parties got €7.63m in expenses last year - with Fianna Fáil taking the biggest slice

Sipo has released details of expenses for 2017.

# political-parties - Sunday 20 August, 2017

'We need an Irish centre, liberal but conscious of valid concerns regarding immigration and security'

The current dichotomy is not pleasing anyone. There is a need for a new party to offer a palatable option C, writes Ethan Shattock.

# political-parties - Sunday 16 July, 2017

Micheál Martin is well ahead of Leo Varadkar in the satisfaction ratings

According to the latest Sunday Times behaviour & Attitudes poll, satisfaction with Martin as party leader is at 54%, compared to 43% for Varadkar.

# political-parties - Wednesday 5 July, 2017

Political parties and independents were paid over €8 million of state funds last year

The SIPO report shows that Fianna Fáil received over €2.2 million in 2016.

# political-parties - Friday 13 January, 2017

Poll: Should election posters be scrapped? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should election posters be scrapped?

Political parties spent over €416,000 on them last year.

# political-parties - Wednesday 24 February, 2016

'For me, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are virtually the same'

Columnist Julien Mercille gives us his take on the election ahead.

# political-parties - Thursday 4 February, 2016

The primitive power of election posters cannot be underestimated

With the power of social media, one might wonder if there is a better way for election candidates to communicate directly with voters, writes Jason O’Sullivan.

# political-parties - Sunday 1 February, 2015

QUIZ: How many of these political party logos can you name?

Do you know your People’s Front of Judea from your Judean People’s Front?

# political-parties - Saturday 13 September, 2014

Poll: If an election was held tomorrow, who would you vote for? Your Say This post contains a poll

# political-parties - Saturday 12 July, 2014

'Deeply, deeply misogynistic': Women share their experiences of life in politics

Just 27 of Ireland’s 166 TDs are female, but are gender quotas the best way to increase this figure?

# political-parties - Thursday 3 July, 2014

Which political parties received the biggest donations last year?

Note: Labour and Fianna Fáil aren’t in the running.

# political-parties - Sunday 18 May, 2014

From banning Galway people entering Meath to using Grindr: The evolution of election literature

A rundown of political communication methods since the 1920s.

# political-parties - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Column: Labour should be pushing for social democracy, rather than abandoning it

With Labour backing income tax cuts in next year’s budget, Colm Ó Broin asks if the party is abandoning its support for social democracy.

# political-parties - Saturday 29 March, 2014

Both Government parties down as Sinn Féin surges in latest poll

Support for Labour has fallen under 10 per cent yet again, while Sinn Féin is now just one point behind Fianna Fáil.

# political-parties - Sunday 2 February, 2014

Less than a quarter of candidates running in the local elections are women

From the candidacy selections so far, Fianna Fáil is the worst when it comes to having women stand for office in the local elections this year.

# political-parties - Monday 21 October, 2013

Cannabis legalisation: Where do the parties stand?

Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan is due to launch a bill in the coming days proposing the legalisation of the drug.

# political-parties - Saturday 20 July, 2013

Crisis talks on Portugal bailout breakdown

The country’s three main parties failed to reach a deal to end the political crisis that threatens to derail the government’s bid to overhaul its finances.

# political-parties - Saturday 8 June, 2013

Aaron McKenna: Political ideology is preventing Ireland's economic salvation

Politicians are too busy trying to point-score with the electorate on social issue to address the real danger to our way of life – our tanking economy. A new party, focused on economic policy, is vital for Ireland, writes Aaron McKenna

# political-parties - Saturday 27 April, 2013

Fewer than one third of people support public sector pay cuts

A new opinion poll has also found that the majority of respondents want the government to try to renegotiate the Croke Park pay agreement.

# political-parties - Saturday 23 March, 2013

Support for Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin falls in latest Red C poll

The poll in tomorrow’s Sunday Business Post puts the two main opposition parties behind Fine Gael while Labour’s support has jumped by one percentage point in the last month.

# political-parties - Tuesday 5 March, 2013

Column: How badly does one have to behave to be knocked out of politics?

After a string of tribunals, political scandals and economic catastrophes, reports of Fianna Fail’s death were greatly exaggerated – but why? asks Maura Adshead.

# political-parties - Friday 7 December, 2012

Column: They promised an end to stroke politics – has it worked out that way?

Gary Murphy looks at Ireland’s history of ‘stroke politics’ and asks: should we simply accept that this is the way things will always work?

# political-parties - Sunday 23 September, 2012

Sinn Féin rebounds, others remain the same

The latest Sunday Business Post/Red C poll on the party popularity shows that not much has changed over the summer.

# political-parties - Tuesday 7 August, 2012

Column: Stephen Donnelly TD answers 10 questions he's frequently asked by the public

Are Dáil holidays too long? What do TDs do all day? And what’s the food like in the Leinster House canteen? Independent TD Stephen Donnelly answers some of questions most frequently asked of TDs.

# political-parties - Tuesday 10 July, 2012

Column: Ireland doesn't need a new political party, it needs a new politics

The intentions of those launching a new political party may be good but Ireland needs to look beyond the ballot box, argues Aidan Rowe.

# political-parties - Sunday 24 June, 2012

'It's imperative the left unites': How the ULA wants to become a political party

An alliance of three main groups, the United Left Alliance eventually wants to become a full political party but there are differences within the group about how quickly that should happen.

# political-parties - Sunday 10 June, 2012

Éamon Ó Cuív suggests Sinn Féin have inherited Fianna Fáil values

The former party deputy leader said support had moved to Sinn Féin after Fianna Fáil deserted its roots.

# political-parties - Wednesday 6 June, 2012

Enda Kenny refuses to say what he and Merkel spoke about

Germany has indicated it is not interested in a bank debt deal for Ireland – despite the Government lobbying hard for one after the referendum.

# political-parties - Sunday 29 April, 2012

New poll shows voters set to back EU fiscal treaty

However the opinion poll in today’s Sunday Business Post shows that the gap between the Yes and No votes is narrowing.

# political-parties - Sunday 8 April, 2012

Election candidate demands prosecution proceedings... against himself

Diarmaid Ó Cadhla, who ran in Cork South-Central, says legislation requiring him to disclose donations is unconstitutional.

# political-parties - Friday 27 January, 2012

Column: Nobody likes the party whips – but our democracy needs them

TDs are often blamed for toeing their party line, writes Eoin O’Malley, but the alternatives would be even worse.

# political-parties - Friday 16 December, 2011

Major government conference aims to attract more women into politics

The conference, entitled How To Elect More Women, comes in the wake of this week’s legislation which will introduce gender quotas.

# political-parties - Monday 22 August, 2011

Column: Why I joined Ógra Fianna Fáil

People ask why anybody would join Fianna Fáil – but it’s up to ourselves if we want to have a voice, writes Ógra member Moselle Foley.

# political-parties - Tuesday 31 May, 2011

Take 5: Tuesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock

# political-parties - Wednesday 21 July, 2010

FORMER TÁNAISTE and Justice Minister Michael McDowell has refused to rule out a return to politics. McDowell was speaking at the MacGill Summer School, where he was asked a question on whether he would rejoin Fine Gael, a party he left in the mid-1980s when he became a founding member of the Progressive Democrats.

McDowell replied: “I don’t propose discussing this on a platform in Glenties with all these cameras around me.”

He is currently working at the Bar and is widely believed to be one of the country’s most successful barristers.

McDowell lost his seat in the 2007 general election, when John Gormley took the final seat in the Dublin South East constituency.

A return to politics by McDowell may stir up trouble between Enda Kenny and sitting Fine Gael TD for Dublin South East, Lucinda Creighton.

Creighton launched a public attack on Kenny yesterday.

McDowell also said the government should extend the hand of friendship to Orangemen by making July 12 a national holiday.

Commentary from the MacGill school can be followed on Twitter. A webcast of speeches at the school is also online.

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