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# Irish Politics

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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
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.
Column: Political parties rarely become extinct - which is why Fianna Fáil is back in business
Voters tend to place more emphasis on current events than previous ones, so it’s no surprise Fianna Fáil has returned, writes Theresa Reidy.
Column: Why are Ireland’s first lady and family so invisible?
In comparison to the US, first spouses and first families are well outside the political fray here in Ireland – but why so, asks Larry Donnelly.
Column: Amid rising popularity, Fianna Fáil may just be relevant again
Fianna Fáil’s poll bounce isn’t a definitive comeback – but we shouldn’t write them off, writes Gary Murphy.
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?
Column: Sharing power is bad for the health of junior coalition partners
Sharing government can be like a bad marriage, writes Rory Costello – and it certainly looks that way for Labour.
Column: Toeing the party line on issues of conscience isn’t right
Ireland’s rigid party whip system erodes true democracy – and this is never so evident as on the issue of abortion, writes Larry Donnelly.
Column: Why hasn’t a far-right party like Golden Dawn emerged in Ireland?
High unemployment and political disillusionment are often a breeding ground for the far right, writes Rory Costello. So why hasn’t one emerged?
Column: ‘Politics across the Atlantic should make us consider our own system’
The Irish and US political systems are different – but both have their good points, writes Professor Maura Adshead.
The Evening Fix... now with added Die Hard
Here’s the things we learned, shared and loved today.
Column: It’s 30 years since GUBU. Now THAT was a political battle.
University of Ulster politics academic David McCann recalls the events of 1982 – and says we’ve never seen such a politically-charged atmosphere in this country since that turbulent year.
The EU Presidency - brought to you by...?
The Irish Government are hoping for some corporate sponsorship to help keep the costs of hosting the EU Presidency in 2013 down. This could prove entertaining…
10 years of Enda: the biggest moments of his career as FG leader
When Enda Kenny took over as leader of Fine Gael ten years ago this week, the role was seen as a poisoned chalice. Here’s what’s happened since then.
"This issue simply doesn't arise" - Gerry Adams rules out coalition with FF
The Sinn Féin leader made the comments after Micheál Martin said he was against any possible coalition with the party.
FF accuses government of being "out of touch" in fuel levy dispute
Timmy Dooley strikes back at Michael Noonan’s dismissals, saying the minister himself explained the economics last week.
Noonan: FF is in 'economic dreamland' with plan to cut fuel prices
Michael Noonan dismissed Fianna Fáil’s plan as ‘wishful thinking’ and said it would take €150 million out of the economy.
Column: There is nothing enlightened or progressive about this abortion legislation
The abortion bill being debated by the Dáil aims to introduce abortion on demand, not protect women during pregnancy. Women and their babies deserve better, writes Dr Ruth Cullen.
Opposition TDs criticise govt for keeping people in the dark over water charges
Fianna Fáil also raised concerns about job security for the thousands of people currently employed in water services.
12 random items that convulsed Irish politics this past year
Septic tanks, dry-cleaning receipts and Michael D’s knees – just some of the strange things we never thought we’d obsess about in a political context… but we do now.
Eamon Ryan: Greens predicted property crash but didn't do enough to warn people
In the final part of the series of interviews with politicians, Eamon Ryan explains how he hopes people will be willing to vote for the Green Party again by the next election
Paul Gogarty: I'm considering joining Fianna Fáil
Former Green Party TD Paul Gogarty reflects on his life since losing his seat in last year’s general election.
Do I regret accosting Bertie Ahern? Not at all, says first-time TD
Joan Collins, who verbally lashed Ahern on his final day in the Dáil, was reflecting on her first year as a TD.
Michael D to arrive in London on first official trip abroad
The president is due to visit the Olympic site in east London and meet with Irish emigrants.
Mary O’Rourke: Current Dáil TDs are ‘not very bright or intelligent’
The former Fianna Fáil TD said that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ‘nothing in the top storey’ – but people like him because he smiles all the time.
In pics: Michael D Higgins meets Xi Jinping at the Áras
The president hosted the Chinese vice president at Áras an Uachtaráin – and here’s what happened in photos.
Gilmore: We raised human rights issues with China vice president
Eamon Gilmore said that specific cases of human rights abuses in China weren’t discussed during the visit by Xi Jinping.
Uncollected Dublin bins could be "serious health hazard"
Opposition TDs have slammed the government for the ‘looming chaos’ if 18,000 bins aren’t collected in Dublin city.
Government to launch major jobs plan to tackle unemployment crisis
The Action Plan on Jobs, due to be launched later today, aims to create 100,000 new jobs in Ireland by 2016.
No plans for Famine exhibition - because there aren't enough artifacts left
The Minister for Arts said most of what remains is statistical and pictorial.
Joan Burton defends government handling of public sector retirements
The Minister for Social Protection hit back after Fianna Fáil said that the situation had been “shambolic”
Turf cutters don't want compensation offered by Finance Bill - TD
Luke Ming Flanagan said that the country “is on its knees” and turf cutters aren’t looking for the tax breaks offered in yesterday’s Finance Bill.
Open the Dáil and Seanad chambers to the public, says TD
Public tours to the Oireachtas currently aren’t allowed to enter the chambers – but a Labour TD has said that this should change.
MEP: McCreevy's boom-time diary raises issues about lobbyists
New documents show that McCreevy met with many major developers and bankers – including Sean Quinn and Bernard McNamara – during the Irish property bubble.
Bill Clinton to urge US business leaders: invest in Ireland
The former US president will hold a special event in New York on Thursday aimed at urging key business people to help out Ireland’s economy. Enda Kenny, Eamon Gilmore and Richard Bruton will all attend.
Government has to fill missing Garda posts - Opposition
Public sector retirements will see 61 vacancies in senior Garda ranks – and the government needs to act to fill these, the Opposition has said.
Shatter calls on legal system to engage "constructively" on law reform
The Minister for Justice said that planned legal reform is based on the idea that “solicitors and barristers exist for their clients, not the other way round”.
McCarthy bemoans Government's "ham-fisted" public retirement scheme
The chairman of An Bord Snip Nua attacks the “very poorly designed” system which may leave the public sector understaffed.
In full: 1 in 5 TDs claimed more than €50k in expenses last year
34 TDs in the 31st Dail claimed over €50,000 in expenses from the Oireachtas last year – here’s the full list.
Meet the only TD in Ireland who claims NO expenses
Labour TD Eamonn Maloney says he’s not “crusading” but refuses to claim expenses as a matter of principle.