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# Irish Politics

1st December 2023
Larry Donnelly: The Dublin riots triggered middle Ireland and its voters - politicians take heed
Our columnist says last week’s ‘Black Thursday’ means voters will now be placing immigration and law and order back on the political agenda.
Last month
November 2023
Politicians arguing in the Dáil and having a drink together after doesn't happen anymore, says Varadkar
Leo Varadkar says he has Mary Lou McDonald’s number and they often speak about Northern Ireland.
This year
Opinion: The Commission has done the state some service but more TDs won’t solve the big issues
Dermot Ryan says while the boundary changes this week are welcome, a new system of electing TDs is necessary for a modern Ireland.
Larry Donnelly: There's no denying that the ties between America and Ireland are exceptional
Our columnist looks at the truly special relationship between Ireland and the most powerful country on earth.
Larry Donnelly: How will Irish politicians cope with an increasingly angry electorate?
Our columnist says the Donohoe affair and protests of recent weeks show that the political mood here has darkened.
Last year
Coveney: NI Protocol legislation may be 'put off' following Johnson's resignation
The Minister for Foreign Affairs said the issue may not be debated until after parliament’s recess.
Sinn Féin remains in the lead as most popular party among voters, new poll shows
The findings from the latest Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks poll were published this weekend.
Next wave of Ukrainian refugees will be more vulnerable, Oireachtas committee hears
TDs and senators were warned that the crisis in Ukraine will also have a knock-on impact on the world’s poorest countries.
Larry Donnelly: Sinn Féin is now under a microscope because the party is on the rise
Our columnist says SF may find recent media scrutiny tough, but it’s nothing compared to the questions they’ll face in government.
Larry Donnelly: We must help the undocumented Irish in the US - they still need us
Our columnist welcomes the regularisation scheme for undocumented immigrants here and is reminded of Irish people in the same boat in the US.
David McCullagh: 'The vote on the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1922 was tense to say the least'
The RTÉ journalist looks at the events of 7 January 1922 which are analysed in a TV special tonight.
All time
Opinion: Farewell to Des O'Malley - a true republican and patriot
Jason O’Mahony pays tribute to founder of the PDs and former senior minister, Des O’Malley, who died yesterday.
Opinion: It’s harder for the Dublin Bay South voters to not elect a woman - and that's progress
Caitriona Gleeson of Women for Election says Ireland’s record of women entering politics is a matter of concern but this by-election is a step forward.
Larry Donnelly: It's down to the wire in Dublin Bay South
Our columnist looks at the ‘could have beens’ and the ‘just mights’ ahead of next week’s vote.
Opinion: The pollster controversy should alert us to possible issues with political campaigning online
Ethan Shattock says the incoming Electoral Commission must address fake polling and inauthentic campaign behaviour by all parties.
Larry Donnelly: The message to Irish politicians this week was 'It's housing, stupid'
Our columnist takes a look at a return to Irish politics as we knew it this week, with housing again front and centre.
Opinion: ‘Self-regulation is no regulation’ - what the Lobbying Act has failed to tackle
If a public official is lobbied while abroad there is no regulation to oversee this, writes policy expert.
Calls for tighter lobbying rules ‘fall on political deaf ears’
Professor Gary Murphy explains how the cooling-off period for politicians turned lobbyists is ‘limited and contentious’.
Will Brexit be a blessing or a curse for Ireland? Some lessons from history...
Leopold Kerney was an Irish diplomat in the first half of the last century and we can learn much from his handling of Britain, writes historian Barry Whelan.
Politics of a pandemic: How Covid-19 changes could open doors to a better Ireland
Dr Stephen Onakuse says the Irish electorate displayed a new empathy in GE2020 and somehow, the coronavirus brought the changes they sought.
These are the winners and losers from the Irish political year
Who’s up? Who’s down? Who’ll still be around this time next year?
These are the Winners and Losers from a very unusual Irish political year
Who’s up? Who’s down? Who’ll still be around this time next year?
A copy of this painting from the House of Commons now hangs in Leinster House
It was painted in 1914 when the Home Rule Act became law.
12 times Irish politicians attempted to get down with the kids
How do you do, fellow young voters?
'Alan Kelly will work with Brendan Howlin to rebuild Labour'
Sources say that Kelly will stay in the party.
6 sure-fire signs that it's election time in Ireland
Brace yourself. Canvassers are coming.
7 times this century sexism in Irish politics made us cringe
“Rein her in there”.
State surveillance: How Gardaí and others can secretly monitor you
Part One of’s two-part series on state surveillance in Ireland.
Rough and tumble: Here are 7 times Irish politics got physical
Let’s have it then, Deputy…
Race, immigration, and water water everywhere – the year in Irish and American politics
It was a year of unrest and protest on both sides of the Atlantic, writes Larry Donnelly.
Classy election poster in Limerick sums up Irish politics to perfection
The party of “Fianna Something Or Other”.
Opinion: In Northern Ireland, we are literally lurching from crisis to crisis
David McCann says now is the time for action from Dublin and London who should intervene and assist political leaders in Northern Ireland.
Three years on, here are the most memorable images of the 2011 election campaign
This time three years ago Ireland was in the middle of one of the most dramatic general elections the country has ever seen. Remember all these memorable moments from the campaign?
18 of the funniest Irish Twitter political commentators you should follow in 2014
If you like your politics with a side of humour, that is.
Watch: How Ireland voted between 1918 and 2011
Ever wondered how political party support has changed (or stayed the same) in your area since the formation of the state? Wonder no more.
Poll: Do you think the Reform Alliance should become a party?
What do you think? Should the Fine Gael rebels set up a new political party?
Column: Today's officials should look to TK Whitaker’s approach as they consider economic problems
TK Whitaker’s approach to public service shows that ‘thinking outside the box’ can be invaluable in solving political, social and economic issues – he remains one of the most remarkable figures of Irish public life, writes David McCann.
Three thousand sign up to 'lock the Government out of the Dáil'
A protest group – led by property tax hunger striker Tony Rochford – is planning a large-scale demonstration as TDs return from their break.
Column: Lucinda Creighton and Tom Barry – the story of two political Irelands
Two Fine Gael TDs were in the spotlight this week but for completely different reasons, writes Gary Murphy, who says we need to decide what type of politics we want.
Belt-tightening at Leinster House as Oireachtas 'tuck shop' closes
The Celtic Tiger-era store – deemed no longer ‘viable’ – is to close down tomorrow.