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# Political Parties

Last year
Thirteen political parties in breach of legal requirements to submit accounts
A new report from Ireland’s ethics watchdog was published today.
All time
Data regulator to conduct audit of every Irish political party
The audit will inquire into the processing of personal data by parties over the past three years.
Fine Gael falls in popularity but remains top party in opinion poll
Fianna Fáil’s support has risen by four points, but it remains the least popular choice of the top three parties.
'I don't think it worked': Micheál Martin isn't too happy about the crowded line ups for this week's TV debates
Martin has suggested a ‘threshold’ for candidates might be used the next time around.
SIPO renews call for rethink on political party funding rules
The Standards in Public Office Commission is tasked with ensuring all parties are in compliance with funding rules.
Mixed reaction to step back from gender quotas for local elections
Political parties that run at least 30% female candidates in next year’s local elections will get funding for an equality officer.
Dáil parties got €7.63m in expenses last year - with Fianna Fáil taking the biggest slice
Sipo has released details of expenses for 2017.
'We need an Irish centre, liberal but conscious of valid concerns regarding immigration and security'
The current dichotomy is not pleasing anyone. There is a need for a new party to offer a palatable option C, writes Ethan Shattock.
Micheál Martin is well ahead of Leo Varadkar in the satisfaction ratings
According to the latest Sunday Times behaviour & Attitudes poll, satisfaction with Martin as party leader is at 54%, compared to 43% for Varadkar.
Poll: Should election posters be scrapped?
Political parties spent over €416,000 on them last year.
'For me, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are virtually the same'
Columnist Julien Mercille gives us his take on the election ahead.
The primitive power of election posters cannot be underestimated
With the power of social media, one might wonder if there is a better way for election candidates to communicate directly with voters, writes Jason O’Sullivan.
QUIZ: How many of these political party logos can you name?
Do you know your People’s Front of Judea from your Judean People’s Front?
Poll: If an election was held tomorrow, who would you vote for?
Decisions, decisions.
'Deeply, deeply misogynistic': Women share their experiences of life in politics
Just 27 of Ireland’s 166 TDs are female, but are gender quotas the best way to increase this figure?
Which political parties received the biggest donations last year?
Note: Labour and Fianna Fáil aren’t in the running.
From banning Galway people entering Meath to using Grindr: The evolution of election literature
A rundown of political communication methods since the 1920s.
Column: Labour should be pushing for social democracy, rather than abandoning it
With Labour backing income tax cuts in next year’s budget, Colm Ó Broin asks if the party is abandoning its support for social democracy.
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.
Less than a quarter of candidates running in the local elections are women
From the candidacy selections so far, Fianna Fáil is the worst when it comes to having women stand for office in the local elections this year.
Cannabis legalisation: Where do the parties stand?
Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan is due to launch a bill in the coming days proposing the legalisation of the drug.
Crisis talks on Portugal bailout breakdown
The country’s three main parties failed to reach a deal to end the political crisis that threatens to derail the government’s bid to overhaul its finances.
Aaron McKenna: Political ideology is preventing Ireland's economic salvation
Politicians are too busy trying to point-score with the electorate on social issue to address the real danger to our way of life – our tanking economy. A new party, focused on economic policy, is vital for Ireland, writes Aaron McKenna
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.
Support for Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin falls in latest Red C poll
The poll in tomorrow’s Sunday Business Post puts the two main opposition parties behind Fine Gael while Labour’s support has jumped by one percentage point in the last month.
Column: How badly does one have to behave to be knocked out of politics?
After a string of tribunals, political scandals and economic catastrophes, reports of Fianna Fail’s death were greatly exaggerated – but why? asks Maura Adshead.
Column: They promised an end to stroke politics – has it worked out that way?
Gary Murphy looks at Ireland’s history of ‘stroke politics’ and asks: should we simply accept that this is the way things will always work?
Sinn Féin rebounds, others remain the same
The latest Sunday Business Post/Red C poll on the party popularity shows that not much has changed over the summer.
Column: Stephen Donnelly TD answers 10 questions he's frequently asked by the public
Are Dáil holidays too long? What do TDs do all day? And what’s the food like in the Leinster House canteen? Independent TD Stephen Donnelly answers some of questions most frequently asked of TDs.
Column: Ireland doesn't need a new political party, it needs a new politics
The intentions of those launching a new political party may be good but Ireland needs to look beyond the ballot box, argues Aidan Rowe.
'It's imperative the left unites': How the ULA wants to become a political party
An alliance of three main groups, the United Left Alliance eventually wants to become a full political party but there are differences within the group about how quickly that should happen.
Éamon Ó Cuív suggests Sinn Féin have inherited Fianna Fáil values
The former party deputy leader said support had moved to Sinn Féin after Fianna Fáil deserted its roots.
Enda Kenny refuses to say what he and Merkel spoke about
Germany has indicated it is not interested in a bank debt deal for Ireland – despite the Government lobbying hard for one after the referendum.
New poll shows voters set to back EU fiscal treaty
However the opinion poll in today’s Sunday Business Post shows that the gap between the Yes and No votes is narrowing.
Election candidate demands prosecution proceedings... against himself
Diarmaid Ó Cadhla, who ran in Cork South-Central, says legislation requiring him to disclose donations is unconstitutional.
Column: Nobody likes the party whips – but our democracy needs them
TDs are often blamed for toeing their party line, writes Eoin O’Malley, but the alternatives would be even worse.
Major government conference aims to attract more women into politics
The conference, entitled How To Elect More Women, comes in the wake of this week’s legislation which will introduce gender quotas.
Column: Why I joined Ógra Fianna Fáil
People ask why anybody would join Fianna Fáil – but it’s up to ourselves if we want to have a voice, writes Ógra member Moselle Foley.
Will McDowell return to politics?
He certainly hasn’t ruled it out.