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General Election

General Election

The regular elections that take place to elect the members of a parliament. A general election in Ireland must take place every five years.

# general-election - Monday 7 April, 2014

Voting has started in the world’s biggest general election in India

It’s expected that the country’s 814 milion-strong electorate will shy away from the ruling Congress party.

# general-election - Monday 10 March, 2014

Dublin Councillor calls for 50% of seats to go to women in local elections

Mary Fitzpatrick says she wants to see “a real commitment to gender equality”.

# general-election - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Three years on, here are the most memorable images of the 2011 election campaign Retrospective This post contains images

Three years on, here are the most memorable images of the 2011 election campaign

This time three years ago Ireland was in the middle of one of the most dramatic general elections the country has ever seen. Remember all these memorable moments from the campaign?

# general-election - Monday 17 February, 2014

Eamon Ryan: It wasn’t too difficult dusting myself down and getting back

The former minister thinks he has a pretty good chance in the upcoming European elections, despite his party’s hammering in the 2011 general election.

# general-election - Sunday 12 January, 2014

What ever happened to Fine Gael’s Five Point Plan?

Jobs, political reform and an overhaul of the healthcare system were all promised in the run up to the campaign so let’s take a look at how much of that has been delivered…

# general-election - Thursday 12 December, 2013

‘It ain’t so’: Stephen Donnelly dismisses suggestion that he will join Fianna Fáil

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore made the accusation today during Leaders’ Questions in response to a question on budget cuts.

# general-election - Thursday 28 November, 2013

Mary Hanafin: I’d love to run again but I don’t know if people will vote for me

The former Fianna Fáil minister also said the Green Party is “not a political party”.

# general-election - Friday 27 September, 2013

Micheál Martin on SF or FG coalition: ‘Ridiculous’ to talk about who will be in power

The Fianna Fáil leader said he would not ‘rule anything out’ nor ‘rule anything in’.

# general-election - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Poll: How would you vote if a general election was held today? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: How would you vote if a general election was held today?

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says we’ll have to wait until March 2016 but what if it was election day today? How would you vote?

# general-election - Monday 16 September, 2013

Leader of Green Party in Germany regrets 1980s ‘paedophile pamphlet’

The party supported the legalisation of sexual acts between children and adults.

# general-election - Sunday 25 August, 2013

Harris: €300,000 request for senators’ constituency offices is farcical

The Fine Gael TD said that it confirms that the majority of Senators would rather be in the Dáil.

# general-election - Saturday 13 July, 2013

Poll: Should Fine Gael allow rebel TDs to run in the next election? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Fine Gael allow rebel TDs to run in the next election?

There is uncertainty over whether or not Lucinda Creighton and other TDs who voted against the abortion bill will be allowed to run as candidates. Do you think they should?

# general-election - Saturday 8 June, 2013

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

# general-election - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Column: Ireland needs a new party to make the ‘Second Republic’ a reality

There is a clear opportunity for a new broad based, progressive, political party that proposes a vision for a new Ireland based on the values of social and economic equality, writes Rory Hearne.

# general-election - Monday 3 June, 2013

‘I don’t understand why Labour is taking all the hits in government’

The communications minister says he’s concerned that Labour is taking a disproportionate share of the public’s austerity anger.

# general-election - Sunday 28 April, 2013

Poll: Do you think Fianna Fáil will ever get back into government? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think Fianna Fáil will ever get back into government?

The party has been told today that its brand is still damaged. What do you reckon?

# general-election - Saturday 13 April, 2013

Is Galway West TD Noel Grealish joining Fianna Fáil?

The independent TD declined to comment when asked if he was interested in joining the party which itself has denied it has approached the former Progressive Democrat deputy.

# general-election - Monday 25 February, 2013

Tweeting the election: How one TD really saw the 2011 campaign

Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin kept a diary recording all his tweets – and what he really thought – throughout the 2011 election campaign. Two years on from the election, he shares some of them for the first time.

# general-election - Saturday 9 February, 2013

Poll: Do you think Fianna Fáil will return to government in the next election? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think Fianna Fáil will return to government in the next election?

A new opinion poll shows the party are back on top, but will they move across the Dáil chamber the next general election?

# general-election - Sunday 3 February, 2013

Column: Labour faces the same fate as the Greens after reneging on promises

Labour will be the casualty of this government because it secured votes by promising things the party could never deliver, writes Adrian Grant.

# general-election - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

Australia PM surprises with September polls announcement

The Labor party leader said the move would give “shape and order” to the year.

# general-election - Sunday 16 December, 2012

Seanad vote could delay Budget’s welfare cuts by three months

At least one Labour senator says he may vote against the Social Welfare Bill. One more defect could defeat the government.

# general-election - Saturday 15 December, 2012

Keaveney criticises ‘cynicism’ of ministers over his voting against government

The Labout TD said ministers and party members were attempting to distract from problematic issues in the budget.

# general-election - Monday 19 November, 2012

Poll: Which party would you vote for if an election were held tomorrow? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Which party would you vote for if an election were held tomorrow?

Fianna Fáil are continuing their climb in opinion polls – but who would your vote go to in a general election?

# general-election - Monday 27 August, 2012

From Business ETC Italy’s electoral law increases market fears Italy

Italy’s electoral law increases market fears

The current system allows party leaders to pick and choose the list of candidates the electorate can vote for and guarantees a strong majority in parliament for the winning party.

# general-election - Thursday 28 June, 2012

Eliminated: After ten years and €55m, e-voting machines finally disposed of

The government has finally got rid of the 7,500 voting machines that were trialled once ten years ago and have been in storage ever since at a cost to the State.

# general-election - Sunday 8 April, 2012

Election candidate demands prosecution proceedings… against himself

Diarmaid Ó Cadhla, who ran in Cork South-Central, says legislation requiring him to disclose donations is unconstitutional.

# general-election - Friday 30 March, 2012

Latest poll: Labour supporters prefer Enda Kenny to their own Eamon Gilmore

Fine Gael has secured 35 per cent support – about the same share as they had during last year’s General Election.

# general-election - Friday 9 March, 2012

Poll: What grade would you give this Government for its first year? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: What grade would you give this Government for its first year?

The Labour-Fine Gael coalition took its place in the 31st Dáil on this day one year ago. How do you think it has performed?

# general-election - Tuesday 6 March, 2012

Former IFA president John Dillon released from prison hours after arrest

The farmer was jailed this morning over non-payment of fines related to his use of electronic signs during last year’s general election.

Former IFA president jailed over electronic election signs

John Dillon refused to pay a court fine after Limerick County Council complained about electronic signs he used last year.

# general-election - Sunday 26 February, 2012

Seven of #GE11′s youngest candidates reflect on their run

From financial difficulties to a car crash, candidates recall their campaign experiences – and give advice for any young person considering running for the Dáil.

# general-election - Saturday 25 February, 2012

Poll: A year after the general election, who would you vote for now? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: A year after the general election, who would you vote for now?

It really is a year since the historic general election. But who would you give your first-preference vote to now?

Column: 16-year-olds can pay taxes and join the army – why not let them vote?

The government is making decisions which adversely affect young people but without allowing them a say, writes Maria Pia Kelly.

‘I feel duped’: How voters rate their election choices one year on

Twelve months after the historic general election, we asked voters to reflect on their decisions. Here’s how they felt…

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

# general-election - Friday 24 February, 2012

Phrases we haven’t heard since the general election… Say What? This post contains images

Phrases we haven’t heard since the general election…

Candidates couldn’t stop repeating certain phrases a year ago… what were they again?

# general-election - Thursday 23 February, 2012

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.

# general-election - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

One year after #GE11: Join TheJournal.ie’s voter panel

We want to hear from people across the country: How do you feel about that historic election 12 months later?

# general-election - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

Haskins to donate refunded election expenses to charities and good causes

Defeated independent Dylan Haskins received an €8,700 refund in expenses, and is distributing it between ten good causes.

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