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# Independents

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# vote 2019
Who's running? How do I get on the register? Everything you need to know about this month's Dáil by-elections
Voters in constituencies in Dublin, Cork and Wexford will be heading to the polls.
# 89-year-old councillor
89-year-old Donegal man becomes Ireland's oldest councillor after election win
Ian McGarvey, who will turn 89 in July, fought a close battle to keep his seat
# Departure
Louth Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick 'seriously considering' running as an independent
Fitzpatrick will meet with his team this weekend and make a formal announcement on Tuesday.
# leo for leader
Micheál Martin says he has no reason not to trust Leo Varadkar
Leo Varadkar is into a week of meetings as he drums up support ahead of next week’s vote to become the next Taoiseach.
# new poll
Independents drop three points in latest opinion poll
The poll indicates an increase in support for Fianna Fáil to 28% – its strongest lead over Fine Gael in over a year.
# mood of the nation
Support for Sinn Féin and independents up, but Fianna Fáil is most popular party
According to the latest opinion poll, at least.
# Draw a line under
“There's no crisis" - Government plays down controversy as Halligan cancels Late Late Show appearance
Finian Mcgrath said the Independent Alliance were committed to the Programme for Government.
# constitutional issues
"It's not fair, it's not right, it's not good for politics" - John Halligan isn't happy with the party whip system
The junior minister was discussing proposed legislation to do with fatal foetal abnormalities.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you still support Independents?
A new poll has shown a massive drop in support for non-aligned TDs.
# Day of Reckoning
Enda is confident he can satisfy Independent TDs' concerns and secure a government today
A fourth vote for Taoiseach is scheduled for Dáil Éireann at midday.
# Getting there
Here's what Fine Gael is promising independent TDs in return for their support
The 160-page document makes a wide range of commitments.
Voices
Vincent Browne: This is the worst possible outcome of the general election
‘There will be sops, promises and a flurry of initiatives but there will be no significant change.’
# endapendents
Which Independents are open to talking to Enda Kenny?
As talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are tipped to be coming to an end – the spotlight turns to the independents.
# endapendents
The Neverending Story: The big two are still trying to cobble together a government
There has been a bit of movement from all parties in Leinster House this afternoon.
# Too close to call
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil almost neck and neck in latest opinion poll
Is a second election on the cards?
# redrawing the map
How the three main parties lost their stranglehold on Irish politics - in just a decade
Sinn Féin, Independents and the smaller parties have achieved the biggest shift in recent political history – but will it last?
# Election 2016
It's all over: All 158 seats in the 32nd Dáil have now been filled
But what happens next?
# General Election
More bad news for Labour in the latest opinion poll
Is a Fine Gael Fianna Fáil coalition on the horizon?
# Election 2016
There's bad news for Fine Gael but Labour has gained in the latest poll
This is the second hit in the polls for Fine Gael since Christmas.
Voices
Enda Kenny is almost certainly going to be returned as Taoiseach
The question of the election of 2016 will be: “Who will Fine Gael rule with, and how long will it last?”
# GE16
Support for Fine Gael and Labour has now risen above 40%
Sinn Féin have also fared well in the latest opinion poll.
# Opinion Poll
Good news for Enda: Fine Gael support is up AGAIN
The Millward Brown poll suggests that satisfaction with the government is at its highest level in three years.
# The left unites
Sinn Féin wants a vote pact with other left-wing parties - but not everyone's up for it
The party has confirmed it will join left-wing parties and independents in a voting transfer pact.
# Red C Poll
Independents top the latest poll with 31% support
There was a drop in support for both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil in The Sunday Business Post Red C poll.
# ducky ar la
Gerry Adams is winning at Twitter
But Sinn Féin voters are least likely to use the site.
# pointing fingers
Michael Healy-Rae accuses certain TDs of 'waking up from a coma'
The outspoken TD thinks backbenchers are speaking up in a bid to get votes.
# all together now
Group of Independents want to strip politicians of some power and revive rural Ireland
The group held talks today to discuss a possible alliance based on shared principles.
# State of the Nation
Who will you vote for in the next election?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# owning the road
Fine Gael row with TDs over funding 'like a Merc owner giving out about Fords Escorts':
TheJournal.ie would like to state that there is nothing wrong with Ford Escorts.
# go team
'Shane Ross isn't THAT right-wing': Christy Burke's u-turn on new Independent Alliance
Dublin’s Lord Mayor is considering joining the new group and running in the next General Election.
# Mulling it over
Could Enda Kenny do a deal with independents after the next election?
The Taoiseach has praised the work of some independent deputies.
# Dear Michael
49 TDs and senators in eleventh-hour appeal to Michael D over Water Bill
The President had a swift response for some of them (and it wasn’t a complete ‘no’.)
# Red C
Support for Labour and Fine Gael drops in latest Red C poll
But there’s another poll too…
# slan abhaile
Jackie Healy-Rae: The 'dry wit' that changed Independent politics
The former Kerry TD died today aged 83.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you vote for a party or Independent candidate in the next general election?
It’s looking likely that Independents will play a considerable role in the next Government.
# they're number one
Despite the Mairia Cahill controversy, Sinn Féin are the most popular party in Ireland
It didn’t stop some Sinn Féin officials from dismissing the poll results, though…
# Get smart fast
Here are 8 things we learned from yesterday's two Dáil by-elections
The votes are counted and the Dáil has two new opposition TDs, but what does it all mean?
# what's he building in there?
READ: Shane Ross calls on independents to 'change Irish politics radically'
The TD says he’s after a “common crusade” but not a new party – yet.
# Not happening... yet
Left Alliance? Independent TDs deny that they're about to form a new political party
Speculation has been mounting that left wing independent TDs are about to form a political party.
# have i got your support?
Latest poll shows Labour support continues to fall as Sinn Féin sees a further boost
Support for Fine Gael remains unchanged from the last poll at 25 per cent.