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# Politics

Last year
Timmy Dooley: 'We cannot be shy about how many Ukrainian refugees we can accommodate'
The Fianna Fáil senator visited Ukraine at the weekend with colleague Billy Kelleher and saw first-hand the suffering there.
Nancy Pelosi says she's going to run for 19th term in office
Pelosi has been the only female speaker of the House of Representatives.
Opinion: The drive for re-election is a major flaw of modern democracy
Caoimhín de Barra looks at democracy and asks if it prevents politicians from pushing for real change.
All time
# events dear boy
A 2022 preview: What we know about the big political events scheduled to happen next year
A Taoiseach rotation and other issues.
# restrictions
New Covid measures would lift if Omicron risks don't meet 'worst fears', Minister says
The government agreed a number of new measures on hospitality and household visits on Friday.
# Housing
Too many three-bed homes and not enough one-beds is one of Ireland’s big housing problems - Varadkar
Social Democrat TD Holly Cairns accused the government of overseeing a cost-of-living crisis in Ireland.
# political poll
Surge in Sinn Féin support puts party 16 points ahead of rivals in polls
Fine Gael are unchanged and support for Fianna Fáil has dropped by three points.
Larry Donnelly: Republicans and Democrats need to play the next election cycle very carefully
Our columnist says Democrats were bruised by recent elections and he now has this advice for both parties…
# Housing
Taoiseach won't confirm whether government is planning events to lure cuckoo funds to Ireland
It was reported at the weekend that two ministers may attend housing ‘roadshows’.
# Local Elections
Over €150,000 to be given to political parties to increase number of female councillors
Funding has been granted in a bid to increase the number of female candidates and councillors in the next local election in 2024.
# Merrion Gate
Explainer: Why are people still talking about the Zappone/Coveney/Varadkar controversy?
There have been a lot of twists and turns. But why does it all matter?
Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Katherine Zappone have been drawn back into controversy this week.
Developments included deleted and revealed texts, FOI requests and an Oireachtas committee.
Orla Dwyer takes a look back at what happened in late July and what the situation is now.
'You're trying to say an apple's an orange': Martin and Varadkar want perspective on Zapponegate
'Is it definitely legal?' - Varadkar releases screengrabs of his texts with Zappone and Coveney
# Closing Time
Pacquiao 'may not' return to ring after Ugas upset
The 42-year-old Filipino boxing superstar indicated he now planned to turn his attention to his political career.
# pandemic
Legal experts call for clarity on relationship between NPHET and government
A report said the public health team became the “de facto decision maker” rather than simply an adviser to government.
# Letter
Group of Social Democrats members call for party leadership contest
A statement from the Social Democrats parliamentary party says it is “united” behind the current co-leaders.
Column: Lessons from Dublin Bay South
While elected representatives in Ireland have previously sought to censor public opinion polls, they do so under a paternalistic presumption that the public is incapable of adequately deciphering the information, writes Dr Kevin Cunningham.
# Labour
'Back in the game': How did Labour defy national opinion polls and get 30% of first preference votes?
The Labour leader says it has been a “difficult” few years electorally, but today is a good day.
# Vote
Polls close in Dublin Bay South after first election of the pandemic
40% of voters cast a ballot in the constituency.
# lobby
Highest number of former special advisers apply to reduce one-year 'cooling-off' period for lobbying - Sipo report
The Standards in Public Office Commission has released its 2020 report on the regulation of lobbying.
# Stormont
Mary Lou McDonald urges DUP to commit to ‘real powersharing’ in Northern Ireland
McDonald claimed that a DUP “failure to accept rights and equality” was a factor in the “political storm” that has hit unionism
# United Ireland
'Never a bad time': Varadkar defends comments about united Ireland after criticism from unionists
UUP leader Doug Beattie said the Tánaiste’s comments should not have been made in the midst of a crisis.
# Dublin Bay South
FG's James Geoghegan surveyed voters door-to-door for Renua but 'nobody asked' who he was with
Geoghegan said that he knocked to “maybe 50 people” ahead of the 2016 general election.
Edwin Poots defends strategy following criticism from Peter Robinson over Foster's exit from DUP
Poots said: “What was good for Peter doesn’t seem to be good for anybody else.”
Opinion: Online abuse needs to be stopped, but let's not shut down open debate in the process
Adam Hallissey says it’s clear that political discource online is broken, but attempts to change things drastically may backfire.
# pan african parliament
Chaos in African Union parliament with threats, scuffles and a man appearing to aim a head-high kick at a colleague
The man said he was trying to knock a phone out of another legislator’s hand when he aimed a kick in the direction of Pemmy Majodina of South Africa
# Hartlepool
Boris Johnson is plotting a Tory by-election raid as the UK braces for 'Super Thursday'
Voters will have their say on councils, mayors and regional parliaments across the UK.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why did Arlene Foster make the shock decision to step down as DUP leader?
It was a decision that blindsided many – but what does it mean for the DUP and Northern Ireland?
Four Government ministers among 65 TDs whose details are contained in leaked Facebook database
More than 1.5 million Irish users have been affected by the breach.
Opinion: The Greens had a climate action win this week, and they wasted it
Political commentator Dermot Ryan says the Green Party has been distracted by petty internal squabbling this week, at a critical time in its history.
Opinion: 'Irish politics is starting to feel more inclusive, more diverse'
Uruemu Adejinmi, who is of African descent, had hoped to run in the forthcoming Seanad by-election. She shares her thoughts on Irish politics.
# Slam Duncan
Footage of Healy-Rae brothers being called 'caricatures' in Dáil viewed over 350,000 times
Footage of the Dáil debate went viral on social media yesterday.
# wily veteran
Italy turns to 'Super Mario' Draghi to solve political turmoil and form government
Draghi will lead a non-political government as Italy still reels from the Covid-19 crisis.
# Politics
Fine Gael falls in popularity but remains top party in opinion poll
Fianna Fáil’s support has risen by four points, but it remains the least popular choice of the top three parties.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland have a Vaccine Minister?
Fine Gael MEP Frances Fitzgerald has called for a dedicated Vaccine Minister.
# Politics
These are the winners and losers from the Irish political year
We take a look at who did well – and who didn’t fare brilliantly.
# Ógra Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil investigating claims female youth members were 'compared and ranked' on Zoom calls
Monaghan Ógra Fianna Fáil’s secretary publicised the claims yesterday evening.
# The Greens
Interview: Saoirse McHugh on why being able to say 'I told you so' gives her no comfort whatsoever
“When you look at what the government is coming out with in terms of climate, they may as well be climate change deniers.”
# Analysis
Fine Gael and Sinn Féin are going at it like cats and dogs - and expect it to continue
As long as the two parties are polling well, the strategy is unlikely to change.
Ethics watchdog 'very concerned' at failure of Renua to account for public funding spent in 2019
The party received €258,596 in public funding last year.
# Brexit
UK breaching Northern Ireland Protocol would be a 'really big mistake', Coveney says
The British government is poised to reintroduce elements of its controversial Internal Market Bill next week,
# Opinion Poll
Sinn Féin close gap on Fine Gael with highest-ever result in opinion poll
Support for the party at its highest ever level in the Business Post poll.