For Sinn Féin, the race for the Áras is as important as the result
It will be hard to beat Michael D Higgins, but putting a candidate forward is another step in the party’s move into the political mainstream
‘No terrorist in the Áras!” was the warning call that came from then Fine Gael minister Phil Hogan when the late Martin McGuinness announced he would contest the presidency in 2011. “Putting Mr McGuinness in charge of the state would make us look like a banana republic,” said Hogan.
His dire warnings were echoed across the political and media landscape. The veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne (who himself pondered a run) questioned...
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Proposal for expert panel to review capital projects over €100m
Large public capital projects could be run through an “independent panel of international experts” as part of public spending reforms, according to the Department of Public Expenditure
State body to reissue €28m office supplies contract
The contract covers the supply of office stationery to a range of government bodies and agencies, including the HSE, universities, hospitals, councils and schools
Sinn Féin open to coalition deal, but on condition of border poll
Party would launch the ‘largest public house building programme that Ireland has ever seen’ and a national health service
Fine Gael ‘will go to war’ if Bailey runs as independent
The party threatens to put significant financial resources behind its own candidates in bid to ensure that she is ‘never seen again’ in politics