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Politics - Yesterday’s News

Landlords will be forced to withhold deposits until tenants pay their water charges

The government has approved a proposal to draft legislation that would introduce measure to address non-payment.

Injection centres could soon arrive in Dublin – would you agree with that? Addiction This post contains a poll

Injection centres could soon arrive in Dublin – would you agree with that?

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said he will be attempting to bring forward legislation to introduce them this year.

Murphy calls on KPMG to remove itself from Siteserv probe

A Fianna Fáil motion calling for an independent commission to be established has been defeated by the government.

Four men and a lady: Political deadlock could means days of fraught talks

Forming coalition governments comes natural to Irish politicians, but the same is not true across the water.

We have to wait another six months to see garda records

The FOI Act has extended the deadline for Irish Rail, the ESB and Eirgrid also.

Bank of Ireland CEO: ‘We can repay people financially, but not morally’

Richie Boucher said bankers’ pre-crash salaries were “relatively generous”.

Irish people say what they really think about civil servants

There seems to be a disparity between people’s experiences and what they feel.

Water charges will be taken from people’s wages or dole

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

UKIP candidate filmed threatening to ‘put a bullet’ in rival candidate

“If this lad turns up to be our prime minister I will personally put a bullet in him. That’s how strong I feel about it.”

Politics - Tuesday 5 May, 2015

Leo: People have offered to pray for me and save my soul

The health minister isn’t too bothered though.

Irish MEP’s have one of the lowest attendance rates in the EU

They’ve also been making fewer speeches and asking fewer questions.

Two days to go and some people are still making their minds up

We’re in London ahead of the UK general election on Thursday. Here’s what we’ve found out so far.

Peter McVerry says he’d be embarrassed if he was Alan Kelly

The campaigner is not impressed by the government’s housing plans.

Did you make the voter registration deadline? A lot of people tried

Queues were spotted at local council offices.

Sunday Independent columnist leaves paper to work for Renua

John Drennan will be the new party’s director of communications and political strategy.

Assisted suicide could be introduced in Ireland

Tom Curran said TDs are ‘willing to break ranks’ to support his right-to-die law.

Poll: Do you listen to celebrities – when deciding how to vote? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you listen to celebrities – when deciding how to vote?

Did you pay attention to the likes of Brian O’Driscoll and Hozier, when they weighed in on the marriage referendum?

Does this ballot paper look confusing to you?

One TD thinks we need to rethink the layout of the ballot paper before the next election.

Politics - Monday 4 May, 2015

WATCH: Meeting descends into laughter as mayor leaves mic on in the toilet

‘When nature calls, even the mayor has to go.’

Joan Burton says the No posters about surrogacy are ‘sad and demeaning’

Ex-Justice Minister Alan Shatter said children are being used as weapons.

Michael Collins would’ve been too young to run for president. Is that fair?

Yes vote campaigners say that age is no measure of experience.

Russell Brand backs Ed Miliband: ‘You gotta vote Labour’

Brand said he believed the UK was in a “dangerous position”.

What lies ahead in the closing weeks of the marriage referendum campaign?

With the result still far from guaranteed, where are campaigners likely to focus their energies in the final days?

Church still undecided if it will carry out civil ceremonies if referendum passes

Archbishop Eamon Martin says the referendum also raises issues about what it teaches children.

Paint bombs were thrown at Martin McGuinness’s home last night

“The people behind these attacks have nothing to offer the community.”

A man won an election to be mayor on the roll of a dice

An old state statute says certain elections can be determined by a high card draw or a roll of the dice.

TD says garda helicopter causing ‘noise pollution’ in Dublin at night

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said gardaí operate a noise reduction policy during night hours.

Politics - Sunday 3 May, 2015

Are taxi drivers at greater risk of being robbed? We asked some to find out

One Sinn Féin TD thinks taxi signs get attention from “undesirables”.

Someone turned an Ed Miliband campaign video into 8 Mile and it’s wonderful Bravo This post contains videos

Fianna Fáil TD who went abroad during by-election says he only gets two weeks off

“Take your holidays whenever you want to – don’t let anybody put a straight-jacket on you.”

22 Twitter accounts you should be following in the run up to the same-sex vote

Probably the only list you’ll read today that begins with David Quinn and ends with The Rubberbandits.

Leo stands over remark in abortion debate Chilling Effect This post contains videos

Leo stands over remark in abortion debate

The health minister said a grammatical error was to blame.

We went to the most Catholic county in Ireland to ask about same-sex marriage

Outside of the urban centres, how is the debate shaping up? We spent a day finding out.

Politics - Saturday 2 May, 2015

QUIZ: Who needs to get off the stage? Test your knowledge of the week…

… in which the Spring Statement didn’t exactly set pulses racing…

Senior Archbishop warns: Church could face legal action for opposing gay marriage

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has issued a long message to churchgoers tonight.

Joan Burton speaks of her decades-long search for her birth parents

Speaking about privacy today, the Tánaiste said children should be entitled to know who their mother is.

There’s going to be a great big march for cannabis today in Dublin

Ciarán Maher of cannabis campaigners NORML Ireland wants to see ‘subtle’ state regulation of the drug.

Sinn Féin defends leaflet amid accusations of ‘blatant sectarianism’

A leaflet for Gerry Kelly contains census figures showing more Catholics than Protestants in North Belfast.

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