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# ge2020 - Wednesday 22 January, 2020

Fine Gael has the lowest percentage of female candidates running in the election

At least 30% of a party’s candidates in general elections must be women.

Sinn Féin issues legal letter to RTÉ over 'unfair' exclusion from TV leaders' debate

Pearse Doherty said RTÉ’s plan is “simply not fair”.

The State pension 'mess': Can we afford to roll back on the pension age?

Finance expert Dr James Stewart told TheJournal.ie that pensions age issue had become “a bit of a mess”.

Bríd Smith: The main political parties 'loaded the gun and pulled the trigger on the pension age'

People Before Profit TDs have called for the pension age to be reversed to 65.

What's your big election question for Micheál Martin? It's YOUR chance to ask

We want to put your questions to all the party leaders before 8 February.

Independent TD Tommy Broughan announces he will not seek re-election

He was first elected to the Dáil in 1992.

Maria Bailey has said she's not running in the upcoming general election

In a statement, the outgoing Dún Laoghaire TD said the past few months had been “extremely difficult”.

Mary Lou says 'dominance of FF and FG is gone, but RTÉ has yet to catch up'

The Sinn Féin leader said that the party has “taken legal advice and will pursue that, but we shouldn’t have to go to court”.

Opinion: Signing on the dole as a pensioner was a horrible experience

They sent me to a workshop where I had to say I was interested in jobs, writes Sue Redmond, a retired health worker.

Opinion: Young people don't vote? You may be right, but we might surprise you

Without a willingness to inform ourselves and vote, we simply have no leg to stand on, write Adam Hallissey and Ben Quigley, creators of Progressivebrief.com.

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.

Homeless in Galway: 'I lived in my car for four months - I don't have faith in politicians to sort this out'

Noel found himself living in his car following the break up of a relationship.

Here's how much the main political parties are spending on Facebook ads

Targeted Facebook ads allow political parties to select who they want to see the advert by age group, gender and where they live.

# ge2020 - Tuesday 21 January, 2020

No rent freeze under FF government as party states it would be unconstitutional

Fianna Fáil has been legally advised against ‘a flat rent freeze’.

Are you registered? Special sessions organised to get people on the list before tomorrow's deadline

The response to one event held in Cork was “unprecedented” and “unexpected”. The deadline for registration is tomorrow at 5pm.

'It's not a normal party': Leo Varadkar rules out post-election coalition with Sinn Féin

The taoiseach said that it was a ‘principled’ position.

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin disagree on Sinn Féin inclusion in election TV debates

Sinn Féin has criticised the head-to-head debates between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

FactCheck: Are there 1,000 more GPs in Ireland than five years ago?

Minister Regina Doherty made the claim during a recent interview.

Lise Hand: Meticulous election planning meaningless as parties skid on first banana skins

Election candidates can find themselves at the mercy of the news cycle but they shouldn’t be blindsided by issues known to Joe Duffy and their canvassers, writes Lise Hand in her first column for TheJournal.ie.

The pension age is now a major election issue - so where do all the parties stand?

The pension age is set to increase to 67 in 2021, and 68 in 2028.

# ge2020 - Monday 20 January, 2020

Opinion poll: Just four points between three parties as FF tops, FG drops and SF climbs

The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll surveyed voters last week as the election was called.

Leo Varadkar 'still remembers' buying his home in his 20s and 'wants that to be attainable'

The Taoiseach told The Last Word he is a “big believer in home ownership”.

What are the issues affecting people in your area? We want to send our election team to your hometown

Over the next three weeks we’ll be sending reporters around the country to hear directly from voters about the issues that really matter in their local area.

Sinn Féin objects to Virgin Media for excluding Mary Lou from Leaders' debate

The party is also considering legal action against RTÉ for not including Sinn Féin.

Fianna Fáil not happy with Varadkar's 'political attack' during State event with Apple's Tim Cook

Fianna Fáil want Sipo to carry out an investigation.

Leo and Micheál to go head-to-head in Pat Kenny TV debate this Wednesday

It comes after a Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes poll put Fianna Fáil on 32% of the vote.

Gardaí investigating after brick thrown through FG Cork candidate's office window

Tánaiste Simon Coveney called the incident “a kind of thuggery” that “should not be part of elections or politics”.

# ge2020 - Sunday 19 January, 2020

'I would hate to see that happen': Leo Varadkar responds to opinion poll showing Fianna Fáil out in front

Fine Gael are just one point ahead of Sinn Féin in the latest Sunday Times opinion poll.

Retiring TDs reflect on Enda and Leo, their time in the Dáil and the 'slowness' of the system

Eighteen TDs who were elected in 2016 have decided not to run in the general election – but what have some of them learnt.

# ge2020 - Saturday 18 January, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Buckle up, this #GE2020 campaign promises to be interesting

Larry Donnelly: Buckle up, this #GE2020 campaign promises to be interesting

As a self-confessed political anorak, Larry Donnelly is looking forward to the race.

# ge2020 - Friday 17 January, 2020

Opinion: The two homeless tragedies this week mean the Irish electorate is alert to this issue

There are votes out there for politicians with ambitious and credible plans on housing, writes Focus Ireland’s Mike Allen

'It will get worse': 'Embarrassed' over-65s forced to sign on the dole

Sinn Fein has pledged to restore the pensionable age to 65

# ge2020 - Thursday 16 January, 2020

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.

FactCheck: Did Paschal Donohoe meet any individual insurance company in the midst of the insurance crisis?

Minister of State Michael D’Arcy said Minister Donohoe has met with the firms, Michael McGrath says he was told otherwise – but who is right?

If you've registered to vote in the past 8 months, you may need to register again

Next Wednesday is the last day you have to register in time for the upcoming election.

Big battle in Dublin Central as Maureen O'Sullivan confirms she's not seeking re-election

The three-seater has become a four-seater for the upcoming election.