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# the new radicals
From alliances to acrimony: Why is the Irish left so fond of a split?
A brief history of the left-wing splits and alliances of the past decade.
# Rebrand
The Anti-Austerity Alliance is changing its name
A spokesperson told that the move was brought about to expand the focus of the party.
# Opinion Poll
Fianna Fáil is the most popular party in the country
Fine Gael and Sinn Féin have both lost ground.
# casting vote
By a whisker!: After 51-51 tie, Ceann Comhairle votes with government to defeat Anti-Evictions Bill
Sean Ó Fearghaíl voted with the government despite being elected as a Fianna Fáil TD.
# dáil suspended
'They're trying to pull a sly one': Dáil suspended over Irish Water row
TD Mick Barry would not resume his seat after claiming the government had handpicked the chairperson for the water committee.
Ruth Coppinger will become the first woman nominated for Taoiseach
The Dublin West TD says she represents an “alternative to the failed policies of the 1%”.
# Water Charges
"We think these charges should be dropped" - Paul Murphy defiant after Jobstown hearing
The cases of the Jobstown 18 have been put back to April. Meanwhile, another water protest is planned for this Thursday.
# General Election
What's it like to be a first-time candidate? We went canvassing to find out
You hear a lot about water charges, unwanted trees and Angela Merkel.
# straight into jobstown
Into the storm: Scrambling for votes in one of the country's most volatile constituencies
14 months on from the Jobstown protest, can Labour hang on to a seat? Dublin South-West is looking impossible to call – as we discovered in a night on the doorsteps…
# Socialist revolution
This radical left alternative has no leader and different views on Sinn Féin
The Anti-Austerity Alliance – People Before Profit alliance launched a common principles document today.
I'm not a AAA fan but we shouldn't be able to restrict funding because we don’t like the look of them
To restrict the fundraising ability because some members might theoretically commit public order offences is a disturbing development, writes Donal O’Keeffe.
# District Court
'Outrageous': Paul Murphy reacts to AAA losing its collection ban appeal
The party was refused a permit because the money might be used to ‘encourage an unlawful act’.
# Forced to pay
This is why Paul Murphy paid his €1,150 property tax bill
The AAA TD said the “mass boycott” of the property tax is over.
# muscling in
Sinn Féin accused of "power grab" over the Right2Change pact
Ruth Coppinger says Sinn Féin were “paving the way” for Fianna Fáil to be returned to government.
# The left unites
Sinn Féin wants a vote pact with other left-wing parties - but not everyone's up for it
The party has confirmed it will join left-wing parties and independents in a voting transfer pact.
# On the same side?
Heard about the 'bizarre' water charges protest outside a Sinn Féin TD's office?
Aren’t they on the same side?
# operation mizen
What is political policing and is Paul Murphy being watched?
The Anti-Austerity Alliance has been at the centre of several controversies since Murphy was elected to the Dáil last year.
# budget 2016
How the Socialists would abolish water charges, property tax and USC for low-earners
Paul Murphy talks about AAA’s radical alternative to current government policy.
# not lying down
AAA fighting garda ban on collecting money (but their lawyers say not to talk about it)
The party were supposed to hold a press conference yesterday.
# State of the Nation
Enda is the most popular leader in the country, but it's not all good news for him
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Court
Another TD is being brought to court over a water protest
Joan Collins is due to appear before court on the same day as Paul Murphy.
# Socialist revolution
Is this the left-wing party you've been waiting for?
The Anti-Austerity Alliance and People Before Profit are joining forces.
# Backlash
Massive rise in donations to Anti-Austerity Alliance since Garda fundraising ban
Paul Murphy says the denial of a collection permit has been met with “a huge amount of support and shock.”
# false imprisonment
Paul Murphy: 'I learned the latest on Jobstown charges from the media - again'
An RTÉ report this evening detailed what charges those involved would be facing.
# slammed door
Gardaí ban Paul Murphy from collecting because it might encourage lawbreaking
The anti-water charges TD isn’t being allowed conduct collections in Tallaght.
# operation mizen
Paul Murphy: It's quite shocking gardaí are 'spying' on water protesters
He and his AAA colleagues have written to the Justice Minister.
# Facebook post
AAA expels councillor who threatened to cut activist's throat
Limerick councillor John Loftus is no longer considered a member of the AAA.
# Facebook post
'I'll cut your f***in throat': AAA councillor says death threat was a moment of madness
The Anti-Austerity Alliance will meet later to discuss the threat made against an activist in Limerick.
# Leaks
Paul Murphy: 'No one told me I'm going to be charged over Jobstown protests'
The TD is among those expected to be charged over the protest last November.
# left power
Could we be about to get ANOTHER new political group?
The Anti-Austerity Alliance is in talks with People Before Profit.
# Demonstration
Senators abandon cars after protesters shut down street outside Leinster House
A female Garda was hit in the face with a traffic cone, and one man was arrested.
# confidential
Irish Water STILL won't tell us how many people have paid their bills
The AAA TD has been thwarted in his latest attempt to uncover payment rates.
# Socialist upheaval
‘Politics is a dirty world’: AAA activist quits after bitter row over council seat
Bernadette Rynne claims she was passed over for a council seat, but AAA members in Dublin West dispute her account.
# marriage referendum
We asked every TD and Senator if they’re voting Yes or No. Here’s what they said...
The majority are leaning one way.
# marriage ref
A local councillor has called for the removal of the LGBT pride flag from Cork City Hall
Councillor Terry Shannon says it is not right to be flying a Yes flag but not a No one.
# The revolution will be televised
Why this TD uses military metaphors and might nationalise Dunnes
Here’s what we learned from our extensive interview with anti-austerity TD Ruth Coppinger this week.
# The left way
What is the Socialist alternative to Irish Water and water charges?
We asked Ruth Coppinger to outline what the Socialists would do if they abolished Irish Water and water charges.
# jobstown
Ruth Coppinger wouldn't have called Joan Burton the C-word
The Socialist.AAA TD insists that controversial protest in Jobstown last year was “generally peaceful”.
# Irish Water
Paul Murphy was a bit concerned there wouldn't be enough bills to bin at his 'Bin your Bills' protest
The Anti Austerity Alliance has launched a “counter-offensive” against Irish Water, outside the beleaguered utility’s HQ.
# counter protests
AAA sends legal letter to Sinn Féin amid anti-water charge infighting in Limerick
The Anti-Austerity Alliance has accused a Sinn Féin councillor of “scurrilous lies”.