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15 December 2018 21:48 Poll shows fall in popularity for Taoiseach and Fine Gael

A new poll out this weekend shows satisfaction with the Government has fallen. The Sunday Independent Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll shows nearly half the people polled are unhappy with its performance. The Taoiseach's popularity has also taken a hit and Fine Gael has also suffered falling two points since April to stand at 32%, now just five points 36

04 October 2018 03:00 Independents push for €15k ‘granny flat grant’

The Independent Alliance is pushing hard for a €15,000 ‘granny flat grant’ to convert family homes into two units as part of the budget. Pensioners living alone in large family homes would be encouraged to split their houses in two and rent the new unit out to a family or single person unable to find accommodation. The proposal has been put forward by the grouping 15

26 September 2018 05:57 Minister to continue with cancer warnings on alcohol labels as planned

Cancer warnings will be placed on alcohol products under new legislation. There had been reports Minister Simon Harris was to drop the proposal from the Public Health Alcohol Bill. However, the Minister will bring forward the cancer labels, though he noted it may make it more difficult for the legislation to be cleared under EU rules. The Minister has said it is his intention 9

24 September 2018 10:33 Gemma O'Doherty has been nominated for the presidency by Laois County Council

The candidate needs the backing of four councils to be on the ballot. LAOIS COUNTY COUNCIL has nominated Gemma O’Doherty for the presidency, becoming the first council to support the journalist’s candidacy. Laois Today has reported that four councillors voted for her nomination and thirteen abstained while two were absent. The outlet reported that Cllrs 11

16 September 2018 11:31 President Michael D Higgins heading for landslide re-election, poll shows

President Michael D Higgins is heading for a landslide re-election, according to a new poll. A Sunday Business Post/Red C poll on the presidential election released today puts the incumbent as the front-runner on 67% support. The opinion poll puts businessman Sean Gallagher in second place on 15% ahead of fellow Dragon's Den star Gavin Duffy on 6%. The as-yet-unnamed 17

15 September 2018 17:04 Fianna Fáil sees support drop in latest poll

Fianna Fáil has dropped to its lowest support level in a year, according to a new poll. The Sunday Business Post/Red C poll ahead of the new Dáil term sees Micheál Martin's party drop three points to 22%. A three-point drop comes at a difficult time for party leader Micheál Martin as he negotiates the final Budget of the confidence and supply arrangement 14

14 September 2018 11:24 Gavin Duffy enters Áras race with fourth nomination from Waterford

Gavin Duffy has secured the presidential nomination from Waterford City and County Council. Mr Duffy has won his fourth council endorsement this morning, beating Gemma O'Doherty by 14 votes to two at Waterford City and County Council. He was supported by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour councillors as well as a couple of independents. Sinn Féin abstained 7

18 August 2018 07:12 Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan’s prime minister

Pakistani cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan has been sworn in as prime minister after his party won the most votes in last month’s election. His victory came despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf. Mr Khan took the oath of office on Saturday, a day after being elected by a majority 14

12 July 2018 13:43 Dáil parties got €7.63m in expenses last year

Sipo has released details of expenses for 2017. FIANNA FÁIL SPENT the most state funding of Dáil parties last year, according to figures released by the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo). The party spent almost €2.4 million last year with the vast majority of that spent under the heading of “general administration of parliamentary activities 26

30 May 2018 23:00 Government has ‘no written deals’ with Michael Lowry and Sean Canney

Responding to questions in the Dáil, Leo Varadkar insisted there are no written or formal agreements with Mr Lowry, an ex-Fine Gael minister, and Mr Canney, who recently left the Independent Alliance. Replying to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald, Mr Varadkar said there is a commitment in the confidence and supply 11