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# Social Democrats

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# government formation
Soc Dems meet to consider FF-FG policy doc, but they want more detail
The party wrote to Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar asking for more detail about the fiscal underpinning.
# Coronavirus
Catherine Murphy: Revenue's relaxation of residency rules for Irish tax exiles is 'tone deaf'
Normally, citizens who have chosen to live abroad for tax purposes can spend no more than 182 days a year living in Ireland.
# Coalition talks
Social Democrats rule out going into a coalition government with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael
Talks have been ongoing for more than a week now but there is no sign of a government being formed.
# new government
Social Democrats accuse Fine Gael of 'game-playing' and cancel meeting
Leo Varadkar last night said his party is “preparing to go into opposition”.
# Purple Reign
'No paper candidates': How the Social Democrats' GE2020 strategy reaped electoral success
The Social Democrats jumped from two TDs to six in the general election.
# dail is fair in love and war
Couple who ran in the same constituency for different parties both get elected in dramatic final count
The two beat off competition from a Fine Gael candidate in what is traditionally a stronghold for FG.
# hour by hour
The nation has decided. Here's when we'll know the results
We’ve a very long day ahead of us until we find out how the 33rd Dáil will look.
# the candidate podcast
'Strength together': Eamon Ryan says Greens, Soc Dems and independents will talk first after election
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan talked to The Candidate Podcast.
# ge2020
What's your big election question for Catherine Murphy? It's YOUR chance to ask
We want to put your questions to all the party leaders before 8 February.
# ge2020
Social Democrats propose affordable homes at €200k and the end to commuter hell in election manifesto
Entitled ‘Invest in Better’, the party said the document sets out a uniquely Irish version of the Nordic model”.
# campaign pledges
Fine Gael promises to cap hospital parking at €10 per day, SF says fees should be scrapped altogether
Public hospitals earned just over €11.7 million from car parking fees last year.
# ge2020
Parties settle into the campaign trail: No increase for bankers and promises of jobs for all
It’s day two on the election campaign, with a focus on the economy.
# Bike theft
More than 18,000 bikes were stolen over three years - but just 11% were retrieved
There are calls for the gardaí to do more to tackle bike theft.
# rebuilding ireland
Eoghan Murphy says no-confidence motion is a 'stunt' and expects to win vote this evening
The Housing Minister says the situation would be worse without the government’s Rebuilding Ireland plan.
# Eoghan Murphy
Martin asked if he is on the side of homeless children or the side of Murphy as motion of no confidence is tabled
Murphy has come under pressure for a number of issues, most notably the significant number of homeless people in Ireland.
# November Gain
State of the (very early) race: Here's how the parties are shaping up ahead of the by-elections
By-elections are notoriously difficult for government parties but Fine Gael has been preparing.
# Social Democrats
Catherine Murphy interview: 'This government has got away with murder because of Brexit'
The Social Democrats co-leader spoke to us about commuter gridlock and her party’s view on working with Labour.
# Political Football
Catherine Murphy 'not surprised' John Delaney used defamation actions against Irish media
The Social Democrats co-leader said ‘others have done exactly the same’.
# Dispute
SocDems' Ellie Kisyombe criticises party leadership for 'disrupting' her campaign
Party co-leader Róisín Shortall described the issue as “water under the bridge”.
# Green Light
SocDems say Ellie Kisyombe will run in election after 'correcting the chronology of her backstory'
A independent review for the party has given the green light for the local election candidate.
# fight to the finnish
Finland election result: Prime minister's party is the 'biggest loser' as results come in
If the Social Democrats win, it will be their first time to head a government in 16 years.
Social Democrats councillor Gary Gannon to run for MEP seat in Dublin
Gannon (32) was selected at a convention in Dublin city this evening by party members.
Opinion: As a teacher should I encourage my students to strike against climate change?
Part of me has begun hoping that I’ll turn up one morning with my Hamlet and Sylvia Plath prepared but my students won’t be there anymore, writes Ronan Moore.
# Local Elections
Explainer: What has led to resignations in the Social Democrats?
The Social Democrats are reviewing Dublin candidate Ellie Kisyombe’s background in response to a Sunday Times story.
# Dublin
SocDems McNally and Gannon go head-to-head for party's European elections nod
The number of MEP seats in the Dublin constituency will increase from three to four at this year’s election.
# RedC
Fine Gael loses ground but still manages to increase lead over Fianna Fáil in latest opinion poll
It’s not good news for Micheál Martin heading into the next Dáil term.
# sean mcdermott street
Over 9,500 people sign petition to block sale of former Dublin Magdalene Laundry
A vote on whether to sell the Sean McDermott Street Magdalene Laundry to a Japanese hotel chain has been adjourned.
# Rio Olympics
Olympic Council has €300,000 funding approved on basis it's not to be used on 'legacy issues'
Last year, €300,000 of government funding was withheld.
# Boycott
TDs to snub 4th of July party at the US ambassador's residence in Dublin tonight
Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin called for a boycott of the Independence Day celebrations.
# It's 2018 Lads
It's 2018 and the Irish media is still talking about the 'sex appeal' of female politicians
A headline in the Irish Examiner read ‘There’s no denying Mary Lou’s sex appeal’.
# work life balance
Government will not oppose Bill that will extend unpaid parental leave to six months
Under current rules, parents are entitled to 18 weeks unpaid leave.
# Vacation Notice
Landlords would face much steeper fines for breaching rules under proposed laws
The bill has received cross-party support
# popularity
Government ends year on a high with satisfaction rate boost
The latest poll puts Leo Varadkar’s own approval rating at 56%.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be a levy on non-recyclable plastics?
The Social Democrats want one.
# Jobseekers
Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister
Catherine MurphyTD has raised serious concerns in the Dáil regarding the activation programme, JobPath.
# Housing Crisis
Call for 'use it or lose it' policy to stop land hoarding by speculators
The Social Democrats party has said land hoarding is happening on a widespread basis and speculators “need to be taken on”.
# Pay Up
Dáil bar and restaurant tabs 'should be paid at the end of every month'
Almost €5,500 in unpaid Dáil tabs will be wiped after a series of efforts to recoup the amounts owed failed.
# Stamp Duty
Government has 'no plans' to abolish stamp duty for tenants paying over €2,500 a month in rent
The Social Democrats has criticised the Government over the stamp duty limits.
# Private Members' Bill
'The joke is actually on us': Dáil to decide on bill to abolish blasphemy as a crime
The Social Democrats have brought proposals, citing the recent example of the complaint made against Stephen Fry.
# Housing
Paying over €2,500 a month rent in a house share? Then you should be paying stamp duty
Stamp duty is the fee payable on the instruments used to transfer property.