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SF MPs have no mandate to take Westminster seats

SF MPs have no mandate to take Westminster seats

Calls for Sinn Féin to change its policy have intensified, now that the British Labour party has said categorically it will back Britain remaining in a customs union

Will Fianna Fáil finally cut and run?

Will Fianna Fáil finally cut and run?

The proposed sell-off of 14,000 home loans could tempt Micheál Martin to bring down the government - but as the main legacy issue of the crash, the case would not withstand the scrutiny of any election campaign

Is Government heading for trouble on mortgage sales?

Is Government heading for trouble on mortgage sales?

There is no political gain to be made from arguing that it is OK to transfer a €4 billion Permanent TSB portfolio of 20,000 mortgages to unregulated funds - and Fianna Fáil knows this

Abortion will provide McDonald's first SF test

Abortion will provide McDonald's first SF test

The new leader's comments on disciplining those who vote against the party line could spell trouble for some of its TDs

Framework risks joining long list of ignored plans

Framework risks joining long list of ignored plans

To ensure the 20-year National Planning Framework does not go down in flames, the government needs to start talking to the opposition about infrastructure

Varadkar minds his language as 8th campaign kicks off

Varadkar minds his language as 8th campaign kicks off

In what was a carefully assembled and constructed speech, the Taoiseach's choice of words after the cabinet go-ahead for a referendum was also a signifier of how his stance had shifted

Is an election closer than we think?

Is an election closer than we think?

Fianna Fáil's attacks on Fine Gael have been a lot sharper in recent weeks - and they cannot go on forever without consequences

Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't

Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't

Housing remains a political pressure zone for Eoghan Murphy as he defends his new mortgage scheme

A fact-based abortion debate is in the country’s interests

A fact-based abortion debate is in the country’s interests

The 'enough of experts' view seen in the Brexit debate must not be allowed to take hold in Ireland when a life and death issue like abortion is being debated

Councillors warned on flood plain plan ahead of vote

Councillors warned on flood plain plan ahead of vote

Minister of State Kevin 'Boxer' Moran urges Wicklow County Council to learn from the mistakes of the past

Michael D Higgins and Angela Merkel make poor pantomime villains

Michael D Higgins and Angela Merkel make poor pantomime villains

Michael Brennan enjoyed Polly and the Beanstalk at the Olympia Theatre, but found the choice of villains unconvincing

Momentum behind vacant homes tax stalls

Momentum behind vacant homes tax stalls

Housing policy has shown that offering carrots to increase supply – such as grants to do up vacant houses or exempting owners from the planning process – will only go so far

Coveney damages Dublin’s DUP relations further

Coveney damages Dublin’s DUP relations further

The Minister for Foreign Affairs appears to have an uncanny habit of winding up and angering the Democratic Unionist Party

Time for some more joined-up thinking in transport policy

Time for some more joined-up thinking in transport policy

The construction of two separate Luas lines that did not link up together – or indeed to any other rail service - was one of the most stupid transport policy decisions in recent memory

Time for DUP to move on from 'Ulster says No' rhetoric

Time for DUP to move on from 'Ulster says No' rhetoric

Varadkar 'surprised and disappointed' as Theresa May asks for more time following earlier indications of agreement on Irish border text