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# ge2020 - Friday 24 January, 2020

The Candidate Podcast: Micheál Martin answers your election questions
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# Ge2020

The Candidate Podcast: Micheál Martin answers your election questions

Jan 24th 2020, 2:38 PM 9,624 Views 20 Comments

The Candidate puts TheJournal.ie readers’ questions to the party leaders.

Fianna Fáil promises affordable housing, a rural crime bureau and a tobacco-free Ireland
# Manifesto Friday
# Manifesto Friday

Fianna Fáil promises affordable housing, a rural crime bureau and a tobacco-free Ireland

Jan 24th 2020, 2:15 PM 17,867 Views 118 Comments

The 150-page policy document was unveiled this afternoon.

Proposals to bring Metrolink to UCD and an extension of breastfeeding breaks for women: Leo's manifesto promises
# Manifesto Friday
# Manifesto Friday

Proposals to bring Metrolink to UCD and an extension of breastfeeding breaks for women: Leo's manifesto promises

Jan 24th 2020, 7:37 AM 30,628 Views 86 Comments

Fine Gael will launch its general election manifesto today – as will Fianna Fáil.

The Candidate: Rent freeze not off the table, rent hike reforms and a fiver for pensioners - Micheál's manifesto promises
# The Candidate Podcast
# The Candidate Podcast

The Candidate: Rent freeze not off the table, rent hike reforms and a fiver for pensioners - Micheál's manifesto promises

Jan 24th 2020, 12:05 AM 17,517 Views 81 Comments

Micheál Martin told The Candidate Podcast that he will reduce the rate rents rise in rent pressure zones.

# ge2020 - Thursday 23 January, 2020

FactCheck: The claims made by Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin in the first leaders' debate
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

FactCheck: The claims made by Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin in the first leaders' debate

Jan 23rd 2020, 8:07 PM 25,088 Views 109 Comments

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin clashed last night in a debate on Virgin Media One. We’ve looked at the main claims.

Doherty looks set to top poll in Donegal and Sinn Féin may get second seat
# Opinion Poll
# Opinion Poll

Doherty looks set to top poll in Donegal and Sinn Féin may get second seat

Jan 23rd 2020, 7:05 PM 41,820 Views 97 Comments

Pearse Doherty’s expected surplus could help his Sinn Féin colleague Pádraig Mac Lochlainn regain his seat, according to a new opinion poll.

'We want a new government': Martin rules out grand coalition floated by Taoiseach during debate
# Brand New
# Brand New

'We want a new government': Martin rules out grand coalition floated by Taoiseach during debate

Jan 23rd 2020, 12:36 PM 16,723 Views 175 Comments

The Fianna Fáil leader said people in Ireland “want Fine Gael out of office”.

Lise Hand: Will they? Won't they? Shades of Love Island as big parties can't avoid recoupling talk
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

Lise Hand: Will they? Won't they? Shades of Love Island as big parties can't avoid recoupling talk

Jan 23rd 2020, 6:50 AM 17,181 Views 45 Comments

Who needs bikinis and palm trees and hook-ups when we have Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin post-breakup? asked Lise Hand who was in Ballymount last night for the Virgin Media Big Debate.

Personal drug use and a potential grand coalition: The key moments from the first head-to-head TV debate
# Varadkar V Martin
# Varadkar V Martin

Personal drug use and a potential grand coalition: The key moments from the first head-to-head TV debate

Jan 23rd 2020, 12:34 AM 45,035 Views 112 Comments

There was no Sinn Féin representative present but the party was not far away from the debate.

# ge2020 - Wednesday 22 January, 2020

Leader ratings: How did you rate Varadkar and Martin in tonight's live TV debate?
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

Leader ratings: How did you rate Varadkar and Martin in tonight's live TV debate?

Jan 22nd 2020, 10:50 PM 85,636 Views 206 Comments

Tonight’s Virgin Media Television debate was hosted by Pat Kenny.

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

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

Jan 22nd 2020, 10:03 PM 15,332 Views 45 Comments

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
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

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

Jan 22nd 2020, 9:36 PM 25,741 Views 114 Comments

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

The State pension 'mess': Can we afford to roll back on the pension age?
# When I'm 65
# When I'm 65

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

Jan 22nd 2020, 5:05 PM 35,553 Views 104 Comments

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'
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

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

Jan 22nd 2020, 4:05 PM 17,679 Views 94 Comments

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
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

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

Jan 22nd 2020, 2:14 PM 17,708 Views 175 Comments

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
# Retiring
# Retiring

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

Jan 22nd 2020, 1:42 PM 15,673 Views 24 Comments

He was first elected to the Dáil in 1992.

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

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

Updated Jan 22nd 2020, 12:20 PM 40,327 Views 57 Comments

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'
# Sinn Féin
# Sinn Féin

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

Jan 22nd 2020, 11:28 AM 21,979 Views 155 Comments

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
# Pension Reforms
# Pension Reforms

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

Jan 22nd 2020, 10:57 AM 54,827 Views 185 Comments

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
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

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

Jan 22nd 2020, 9:10 AM 14,160 Views 72 Comments

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
# Campaign Pledges
# Campaign Pledges

Fine Gael promises to cap hospital parking at €10 per day, SF says fees should be scrapped altogether

Jan 22nd 2020, 8:10 AM 17,974 Views 125 Comments

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 Nestor
# Noel Nestor

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

Jan 22nd 2020, 6:05 AM 63,758 Views 67 Comments

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
# Social Spend
# Social Spend

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

Jan 22nd 2020, 12:05 AM 21,649 Views 66 Comments

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
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

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

Jan 21st 2020, 5:36 PM 37,047 Views 170 Comments

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
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

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

Jan 21st 2020, 3:11 PM 15,621 Views 19 Comments

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
# No Talks
# No Talks

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

Jan 21st 2020, 2:25 PM 32,789 Views 226 Comments

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

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin disagree on Sinn Féin inclusion in election TV debates
# Three's A Crowd
# Three's A Crowd

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

Updated Jan 21st 2020, 1:45 PM 92,994 Views 212 Comments

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?
# General Practice
# General Practice

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

Jan 21st 2020, 6:40 AM 20,077 Views 22 Comments

Minister Regina Doherty made the claim during a recent interview.

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

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

Jan 21st 2020, 6:30 AM 29,446 Views 33 Comments

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?
# Retirement Age
# Retirement Age

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

Jan 21st 2020, 12:05 AM 52,164 Views 125 Comments

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
# State Of The Race
# State Of The Race

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

Jan 20th 2020, 10:11 PM 51,873 Views 223 Comments

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'
# Keys To The Kingdom
# Keys To The Kingdom

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

Jan 20th 2020, 7:01 PM 85,442 Views 200 Comments

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
# Let Us Know
# Let Us Know

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

Jan 20th 2020, 7:00 PM 14,284 Views 0 Comments

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
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

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

Jan 20th 2020, 3:26 PM 25,705 Views 96 Comments

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
# War Of Words
# War Of Words

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

Jan 20th 2020, 2:53 PM 26,789 Views 47 Comments

Fianna Fáil want Sipo to carry out an investigation.

Leo and Micheál to go head-to-head in Pat Kenny TV debate this Wednesday
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

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

Jan 20th 2020, 12:03 PM 22,783 Views 125 Comments

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
# Colm Burke
# Colm Burke

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

Jan 20th 2020, 7:52 AM 16,233 Views 66 Comments

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

# ge2020 - Sunday 19 January, 2020

Fine Gael accused of 'buying the election' after government advert appears on front page of newspaper
# Fine Gael
# Fine Gael

Fine Gael accused of 'buying the election' after government advert appears on front page of newspaper

Jan 19th 2020, 4:20 PM 52,879 Views 83 Comments

The government has defended the ad.

'I would hate to see that happen': Leo Varadkar responds to opinion poll showing Fianna Fáil out in front
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

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

Updated Jan 19th 2020, 3:03 PM 115,464 Views 329 Comments

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
# Slán
# Slán

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

Jan 19th 2020, 7:30 AM 30,474 Views 51 Comments

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