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Pat Leahy: Abortion is an election issue, whether Kenny likes it or not

Pat Leahy: Abortion is an election issue, whether Kenny likes it or not

The Taoiseach’s fabled gift for sniffing the wind will now be put to the test once again

Pat Leahy: Focus on where parties stand, not who they stand with

Pat Leahy: Focus on where parties stand, not who they stand with

There is an opportunity for a debate about the country's future path

Pat Leahy: Quality of judiciary is paramount

Pat Leahy: Quality of judiciary is paramount

Society is best served by having the most able lawyers become judges, but fewer will do so if the government does not reverse pay cuts

Siteserv fiasco: Sitting out the problem

Siteserv fiasco: Sitting out the problem

The inquiry is going nowhere, and everyone in government knows it

Pat Leahy: Labour has to stop talking about the past

Pat Leahy: Labour has to stop talking about the past

It must stop telling people to be grateful for all it has done and persuade voters that the party will fight for fairness in a new government

Pat Leahy: This election will see the last shuffle of a gerontocracy

Pat Leahy: This election will see the last shuffle of a gerontocracy

We are on the cusp of a generational change among our political leaders according to Pat Leahy

Pat Leahy: The next abortion referendum will be a battle for middle Ireland

Pat Leahy: The next abortion referendum will be a battle for middle Ireland

But pro-choice campaigners seem to prefer talking to their own supporters

Wooing the grumpy middle

Wooing the grumpy middle

The budget offered concrete evidence that austerity is no longer the central fact of policy making

Pat Leahy: A few empty months before the general election beckons

Pat Leahy: A few empty months before the general election beckons

The coalition needs to fill them with governing well. But will it?

Pat Leahy: The row over the the general election threatens to overshadow the most generous budget since 2007

Pat Leahy: The row over the the general election threatens to overshadow the most generous budget since 2007

Coalition governments run on trust, and on the golden rule of no surprises - both were shattered last week

The tricky politics of dealing with O’Brien

The tricky politics of dealing with O’Brien

While Enda Kenny appears shy of being seen in O’Brien’s company, the coalition certainly doesn’t want him as an enemy

The coalition parties might be feeling jittery about their chances of re-election

The coalition parties might be feeling jittery about their chances of re-election

But global events could work in their favour..

The politics of having our cake and eating it

The politics of having our cake and eating it

Local debates over the property tax reflect the big national questions, writes Pat Leahy, Political Editor

Leaders are important in politics.

Leaders are important in politics.

Who are the candidates for Taoiseach? The leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. But who is the leader of the left?

Meet the grumpy middle - the voters who will decide the next general election

Meet the grumpy middle - the voters who will decide the next general election