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# Democracy

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'If we stop now, things will only get worse': More mass protests take place in Hong Kong
Rival pro-democracy and pro-government demonstrations were held in the city today.
Bertie Ahern worried Ireland was 'a laughing stock with our stupid old pencils', so why was e-voting never introduced?
The history of e-voting in Ireland is a long, winding, costly saga.
Irish people are split over whether we should have another go at e-voting
Fewer than half of poll respondents thought it was a good idea.
Opinion: Directly elected mayors would be good for democracy
Citizens of some cities will vote on Friday as to whether to introduce a directly elected mayor – the move would boost local government, writes Deiric Ó Broin .
Taoiseach says any protests against expected Trump visit 'allowed and welcomed'
Both the Labour party and the Social Democrats have spoken out against Trump’s visit, stating he is “not welcome in Ireland”.
Sudan wants the international community to back its new military rulers
The plea came from its foreign ministry.
Opinion: The Venezuelan government must go - it has failed its people and become utterly corrupt
Venezuela, once among the richest countries in Latin-America, now needs food aid. Only free and fair elections can save the country, writes Eamon Stack.
Opinion: Ireland is wrong about Venezuela - US regime change never brings improvement
‘An impressive spin campaign has been waged to create an illusion that all ‘civilised nations’ support regime change in Venezuela – similar to the ‘grand alliance’ which invaded Iraq’, writes Eilis Ryan.
The Government wants you to tell it how to make voting easier
The Government now intends to reform and modernise the electoral registration process.
Opinion: On either side of the Atlantic, a disregard for verifiable facts has increasingly become the norm
Simon Foy examines politics in the era of Donald Trump, taking in fake news, allegations about Jeremy Corbyn, and the behaviour of Boris Johnson.
Activist shot dead as protesters storm government building in Paraguay
Offices were ransacked and 30 people were injured as a demonstration turned violent.
Poll: Are you confident the Citizens' Assembly will resolve the issue of abortion?
A recommendation will likely be made before the end of March.
Opinion: Allow emigrants and young people vote for real democracy
Extending voting rights to emigrants and young people aged 16 and 17 would strengthen, expand and enrich our democratic system, writes James Doorley.
Angela Merkel has decided to run for a fourth term to 'defend democratic values'
Although she knows re-election will not be a “cakewalk”.
'Hullabaloo over EU's best trade deal in history makes no sense', says Irish MEP
A French-speaking region of Belgium called Wallonia has voted against the trade agreement CETA – and because of this, the deal will most likely not go ahead.
Why is there a coup happening in Turkey?
Why is this happening? takes a look at the background.
Turkey coup: Military says it has taken over - but thousands take to the street to protest
The military said it has “completely taken over the administration of the country” but President Erdogan has urged people to take to the streets.
The Debate Room: Should Britain leave the EU? An Irish perspective
As the referendum on Brexit approaches, we ask two people living in England for their views
Here's the great guide to voting in an Irish election
Everything you ever wanted to know about voting, but were too afraid to ask…
A cute kid just made the perfect election request to a Dublin candidate
‘Just wanted to see if I could get a hamster’.
This referendum will be remembered as a victory for equality, democracy and love
This historic vote has served as a catalyst for profound social change by prompting us to think beyond our narrow self-interests and helping us to overcome some of our deepest fears.
Column: So, you've made it into government? Here's how to avoid a democratic revolution
Congratulations, you’ve been elected! Luckily you can avoid living up to any promises you’ve made – just follow this guide.
Vincent Browne set to take 'democracy television' on the road
‘The People’s Debate with Vincent Browne’ will be visiting north county Dublin, Galway, Wicklow and Clare next year.
Poll: Should we lower the voting age in Ireland?
The Taoiseach has said there will be a referendum on it next year – do you think it’s a good idea?
Opinion: Is it any wonder protests turn nasty when they make fools out of those who believe?
Like many, events of last week and last weekend have shaken my certainty in Irish democracy. The wicked go unpunished and the good go unrewarded.
Opinion: Irish Water protests show exactly why we need direct democracy
This week the Government will respond to a recommendation to hold a referendum about placing a citizens’ initiative provision in the Constitution.
Protesters in Hong Kong have retaken their protest camp
Protesters are angry at what they see as China’s interference with Hong Kong’s independence.
Video of Hong Kong police beating handcuffed protester hikes tensions
Police have begun raiding protest sites and tearing down barricades
IN PICTURES: Hong Kong protesters battle police to build bamboo barricades
Poll: Should we scrap 'Budget day'?
We’d still have to pay tax if it existed or not.
Protests dwindle as Hong Kong goes back to work
Schools have reopened and civil servants have returned to work today.
Thousands gather for defiant peace rally in Hong Kong
The city’s chief secretary has again urged them to leave.
Opinion: The peaceful anarchy of Hong Kong's student protesters is infectious
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests gained a momentum of their own after the catastrophic miscalculation to fire tear gas at peaceful demonstrators.
Dublin set for Hong Kong pro-democracy protest this evening
The protest will take place at 17.30 today outside the GPO on O’Connell Street.
Hong Kong Occupy leader says protests will spread 'like flowers'
Pro-democracy leaders pleaded with residents to understand why the city has been brought to a standstill.
You could soon be able to vote while on your holidays
There’s nothing like missing a good vote to make you homesick.
Hong Kong protesters batten down ahead of Chinese national holiday
China has condemned the protests as “illegal” but Hong Kong’s leadership has denied speculation that Beijing would send in the army.
Pro-democracy protesters tear-gassed in Hong Kong
Large parts of the city were shut down by the demonstrations.
Opinion: Yes, Scotland has stayed in the UK – but the old union is dead
Despite the defeat for independence, Scotland and the UK will never be the same again – and Ireland’s relationship with its neighbours will change too.
Opinion: 'These human rights abuses have a very real and clear link to Ireland'
Ireland has the potential to make a difference in two situations that have been raising concerns for human rights groups.