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# independents - Monday 2 June, 2014

Opinion: The Irish political elite should curb its temptation to run with the big boys

If Irish politicians stopped trying to compete with bigger countries, they might find they have the resources to fix problems at home.

# independents - Wednesday 28 May, 2014

Here are 10 things we've learned from the 2014 European elections

Ten out of 11 seats are filled and the make-up of Ireland’s representation in the next European Parliament has been changed utterly.

# independents - Sunday 25 May, 2014

Here are 9 things we learned from the 2014 local elections

It’s been good for Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil but bad for Labour and Fine Gael. But what about the Greens, Socialists and independents? We take stock of the local elections as the counts draw to a close.

Enda Kenny refuses to rule out coalition with Sinn Féin or Fianna Fáil

The Taoiseach said Sinn Féin has emerged from the local and European elections as “a significant political entity”. He made the comments in Castlebar this afternoon, where he narrowly avoided a group of protestors.

# independents - Saturday 24 May, 2014

Analysis: It's looking bad for Labour, but good for Sinn Féin and independents

It’s very early days but here’s the picture that’s emerging from the local and European election tallies so far.

Independents' Day: Exit poll shows non-party candidates topping the poll

Support for Labour has slumped to just 7 per cent.

# independents - Friday 25 April, 2014

# independents - Thursday 3 April, 2014

FF and FG are neck-and-neck in the latest poll

Some good news for Micheál Martin tonight. For FG and Labour, not so much…

# independents - Saturday 29 March, 2014

Both Government parties down as Sinn Féin surges in latest poll

Support for Labour has fallen under 10 per cent yet again, while Sinn Féin is now just one point behind Fianna Fáil.

# independents - Thursday 13 March, 2014

Six TDs and one MEP launch new political network for independents tomorrow

The main focus is on networking candidates and providing support and advice for people running in the 23 May elections.

# independents - Saturday 1 March, 2014

Sinn Féin gain in the polls following collapse in Government support

The Millward Brown poll for the Sunday Independent sees a drop in support for Fine Gael and Labour.

# independents - Saturday 22 February, 2014

Coalition approval rating remains steady in latest polls

While both parties gained in the the Sunday Business Post/Red C survey, Sinn Féin were the only party to gain points in the Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes poll.

# independents - Thursday 12 December, 2013

Childers will run in European elections "barring something serious happening"

Former Labour MEP Nessa Childers says she has not made a final decision on her candidacy and is facing a “dilemma”.

# independents - Saturday 23 November, 2013

Good news for Labour in new opinion poll, FF and SF both down

More than half of those questioned said they approved of the Government’s actions in leading the country out of the EU/IMF bailout.

# independents - Saturday 26 October, 2013

Post-Budget poll sees Labour slip to single-figure support

Fine Gael, on the other hand, have seen support climb by two points.

# independents - Sunday 22 September, 2013

New poll sees popularity boost for Labour and Sinn Fein

The Labour party and Sinn Fein are the only parties to see a rise in popularity, both standing at 11 per cent and 18 per cent.

# independents - Saturday 21 September, 2013

Can expelled TDs join the Dáil Technical Group? Here's why it's 'as clear as mud'

Confusion reigns about whether TDs expelled from parliamentary parties can join the Technical Group.

# independents - Thursday 29 August, 2013

TD seeks to address 'plethora of misinformation' about Technical Group

Catherine Murphy has produced a fact sheet to clarify the parliamentary process when it comes to forming technical groups and political parties.

# independents - Saturday 27 April, 2013

Fewer than one third of people support public sector pay cuts

A new opinion poll has also found that the majority of respondents want the government to try to renegotiate the Croke Park pay agreement.

# independents - Saturday 30 March, 2013

Aaron McKenna: Is this the new party we’ve been waiting for?

Running in its first ever election, Direct Democracy Ireland came fourth with 6.5 per cent of the vote in Meath East, which could show the Irish people desire for a real change in how the country works, writes Aaron McKenna.

# independents - Saturday 16 March, 2013

Three-quarters of voters dissatisfied with government's performance - poll

The Millward Brown poll for the Sunday Independent also has good news for Fianna Fáil.

Ming points controversy 'damages reputation of independents' - Joan Collins

Joan Collins was one of four TDs, including Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, who highlighted the issue of penalty points being quashed. She said revelations about ‘Ming’ will impact on the reputation of independent deputies.

# independents - Thursday 10 January, 2013

Poll shows drop in support for Sinn Féin, rise for Fianna Fáil

Support for Fine Gael has dropped slightly while support for Labour remains steady in the latest Red C poll for Paddy Power released today.

# independents - 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?

# independents - Sunday 18 November, 2012

Double victory for Fianna Fáil in latest opinion poll

The Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes poll found Fianna Fáil support has risen by six percentage points – and Micheál Martin is now the most popular leader in the country.

# independents - Friday 26 October, 2012

Column: Council reform will discourage women – and help the old boys

The changes to councils will reinforce the dominance of the three major parties, says Fine Gael councillor Mick Glynn.

# independents - Thursday 19 July, 2012

Video: Opposition parties walkout of Dáil over Gaeltacht Bill

The government’s move to push the bill through before the Dáil rises for the summer was met with protest by opposition TDs.

# independents - Friday 18 May, 2012

Labour, Fine Gael see drop in support as majority 'dissatisfied' with Govt

Plus, Sinn Féin sees its popularity grow to match Fianna Fáil. And what of Michael D Higgins?

# independents - Saturday 10 March, 2012

In pics: Tensions, visits and tantrums - the new Dáil's first year in photos One Year In This post contains images

In pics: Tensions, visits and tantrums - the new Dáil's first year in photos

It’s been exactly one year since the current crop of TDs took their seats in Leinster House for the first session of the current Dáil. Here’s what’s happened over the year in photographs.

# independents - Friday 9 March, 2012

Dáil party leaders mentioned in over 108,600 articles since GE11

From ETA’s ceasefire to the Queen’s visit, here the issues that saw members of the 31st Dáil getting media attention over the past 12 months.

In the polls: How have political parties fared since GE11?

Check out how national opinion polls have tracked the main parties and Independents since the 31 Dáil took office.

# independents - Sunday 26 February, 2012

New poll shows rise in support for Sinn Féin

Satisfaction with the government remains unchanged as support for Fianna Fáil drops in today’s poll in the Sunday Times.

# independents - 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?

# independents - Friday 17 February, 2012

Controversial allowance for independent TDs will be reviewed

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has pledged to examine the leaders’ allowance, which is also given to independent senators.

# independents - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

Government blocks Seanad move to abolish unvouched independents’ allowance

An amendment moved by independent Senators making the ‘leaders’ allowance’ vouched has been defeated by the government.

# independents - Friday 3 February, 2012

Nearly 85 per cent of TDs now on Twitter Tweeting TDs

Nearly 85 per cent of TDs now on Twitter

Research has shown that 139 of the 166 members of the Dáil operate a Twitter account.

# independents - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

Open thread: What would you like to see happen in the Dáil this year?

Politicians are back in Leinster House today for the first Dáil session of 2012 – but what issues would you like to see them dealing with?

# independents - Saturday 31 December, 2011

In pictures:’s winners and losers of 2011 Review 2011 This post contains images

In pictures:’s winners and losers of 2011

Who came out on top, and who was bringing up the rear? Here are our picks for the winners and losers of the year.

# independents - Saturday 24 December, 2011

The most telling Irish political pictures of 2011 Review 2011 This post contains images

The most telling Irish political pictures of 2011

A general election, the implosion of two parties, EU drama and a Presidential campaign – can you picture all that in one year? We tried…

# independents - Saturday 17 September, 2011

Kerry TDs, Flanagan and McGrath back McGuinness but who’s supporting Norris?

Sinn Féin’s candidate has the numbers to be on the ballot paper but David Norris faces a battle to secure enough support. We crunch the numbers on who is backing who.