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‘New Irish’: Increase in non-Irish born candidates running for local elections

Fifty non-Irish-born candidates will be on the ballot for tomorrow’s local elections, an increase reflective of the wider, non-native population of 810,406, says Ryan O’Neill.

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Local democracy has been diluted: Elected mayors can help restore it

Phil Hogan, as minister for the environment and local government, just about destroyed local democracy in the run-up to his Local Government Act of 2014 and I took no notice.

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Former Tánaiste denies Maurice McCabe saga is undermining election bid

Former justice minister Frances Fitzgerald has denied the Maurice McCabe saga is undermining her European elections bid, claiming the case is not being raised by voters.

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FG bid to 'save two seats' in Ireland South

Fine Gael has been forced to “revise” its division of the Ireland South constituency in order to bolster MEP Deirdre Clune's flagging campaign, just 48 hours before polling.

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Labour candidate spent over €15,000 on Facebook ads ahead of European election

European election candidates had spent almost €60,000 combined on Facebook advertising up to last Sunday, figures made available by the social media giant have revealed.

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'Who are they to be complaining about claim culture?' - Martin hits out at TD taking action against hotel

Micheál Martin has hit out at a Fine Gael TD for taking a case over falling off a swing claiming it "flies in the face" of efforts to bring down insurance premiums.

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Defence Forces personnel voting against Fine Gael in protest over pay and conditions

Defence Forces members, their families and retired military personnel are expected to vote en masse against Fine Gael in both the local and European elections.

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Farage, Gilroy and Maria Walsh among the most Googled politicians

As voters prepare to cast their ballot in tomorrow's European elections, new analysis of Google search trends has revealed the issues and personalities that have sparked the most interest ahead of polling day.

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Green Party: We have 'real chance' of getting all three candidates elected in Europe

Green TDs have accused other election candidates of “hijacking” their campaign issues as the party urges voters, both young and old, to give them their number ones on Friday.

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Fine Gael says it won't be punished by voters over housing crisis

Voters will not "punish" Fine Gael over the deepening housing crisis on Friday, the party's European director of elections has claimed.

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Nigel Farage, Frances Fitzgerald's age and Brexit the most common Irish Google searches for EU elections

On Friday, Irish citizens will be asked to cast their vote for candidates who will represent them in the European Parliament, as well as at local council level and a referendum on divorce legislation.

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Frances Fitzgerald denies claims McCabe saga is undermining MEP bid

Former justice minister Frances Fitzgerald has denied claims the Maurice McCabe saga is undermining her European elections bid, saying the case is not being raised by voters.

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How will Eurosceptics across the continent perform at the European elections?

Elections are due to take place in all of the European Union’s 28 nations.

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Culture Minister warns divorce referendum outcome must not be taken for granted

Culture Minister Josepha Madigan has urged people to vote in Friday's divorce referendum, warning the outcome must not be taken for granted.

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Gardaí confirm probe underway into allegations surrounding supplementary electoral register in Kerry

A full garda investigation is underway now into allegations surrounding registration forms for the supplementary electoral register in County Kerry.

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Land Development Agency calls for support of plebiscites for directly elected mayors

The chairman of the Land Development Agency, John Moran, has called for the public to support plebiscites for directly elected mayors in Cork, Limerick and Waterford.

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Parties reject idea to TD's suggestion they unite for next general election

Labour, the Social Democrats, and the Greens have shot down Labour TD Sean Sherlock’s suggestion that the parties come together for the next general election, insisting that they plan to fight the campaign as individual parties.

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Top 10 MEP is counting on Sinn Féin slide slowing

Growing, stabilising, or stagnating?

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Ní Riada: 'Once is enough' for presidency bid; admits disappointment with result

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has ruled out making a second bid to become president of Ireland, saying “once is enough”.

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EU elections and climate change: A last chance to vote for a safer future?

This week, as part of our May Sustainability Month coverage, we reported on a person determined to leave the world a better place than he found it.

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Clune in danger as Cork vies for three seats from five in election

There are two sleeps left to local and European elections on Friday.

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Political parties agree: Elections this week are actually about local issues

Political parties agree that, for the first time in years, the local elections this week really are about local issues, on everything from housing to the environment to policing to dog-fouling.

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Carlow has the highest rate of divorce in Ireland

Carlow has been at the number one spot since 2015, with Dublin occupying the spot from 2010 to 2014.

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Fine Gael confident Deirdre Clune can keep seat despite poor poll showing

Ms Clune is one of three sitting MEPs contesting Ireland South, with five seats up for grabs. But she was placed seventh in a Red C poll.

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Micheál Martin defends party strategy in European elections

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has insisted it was not a mistake for the party to run two candidates in some MEP constituencies amid poll fears the tactic may see the party lose out on a seat.

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European Parliament elections: The results

European Parliament results will be published here as they are announced.

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European Elections: Looking after farmers the key for Clune in post Brexit Europe

With Rosalia Long’s Zumba moves triggering positive feelings left, right and centre, Beaumont Girls National School was as good a place as any to re-energise for the final week of European Elections campaigning.

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Divorce Referendum: Yes or no - it's your choice

Two academics advocate for each side as the country prepares to vote on the Divorce Referendum on Friday.

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European Elections: Clare Daly is taking her fight to the top — to Europe

Clare Daly believes that the EU is a neo-liberal body protecting big business — her bid for Europe intends to change all that. Juno McEnroe follows her on the campaign trail in Inchicore.

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Local Elections: More new faces than old come June 7

There is going to be a large number of new faces in Cork’s County Hall after the local election counts are completed and their appearance may well alter the balance of power within the local authority.

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Divorce Referendum: Regime keeps couple in toxic situation

Custodial and financial issues can’t be put on hold for four years after a marriage break-up, says Karen Murray

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Divorce Referendum: Enter the disposable relationship

Jill O’Mahony questions the wisdom of taking a provision related to an aspect of society as important as marriage out of the Constitution.

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Divorce Referendum: Compassion that reflects life’s reality

A yes vote would offer a lifeline to the tiny number of people coping with the difficulties of marriage breakdown, writes Louise Crowley.

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Tens of thousands rally against nationalism ahead of European elections

Tens of thousands of demonstrators opposed to right-wing populism and nationalism took to the streets in different European cities today, ahead of the European Parliament elections.

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Explained: Why two Irish MEPs will face wait on subs’ bench after election

The duo will not take their seats in the European Parliament until Brexit happens

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Polls show increased support for Green Party ahead of local and European elections

The Green Party has seen a significant bounce in support in two polls ahead of the local and European elections.

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Special Report: Irish MEPs claim €600k each

In this special report Elaine Loughlin reveals the extent of expenses payments accrued by Irish MEPs over the most recent five-year European Parliament term.

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Tánaiste urges voters not to get 'distracted' by Lord Mayor salary in lead-up to vote

Tánaiste Simon Coveney says he is “frustrated” that much of the discussion about a directly elected Mayor for Cork, Limerick, and Waterford has focussed on the salary that would come with the position, and asked the public to inform themselves on the responsibilities of the role.

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'Stop the symbolism' - Green Party call on Govt to take 'real' climate action

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar must scrap the Government's 2040 national development plan if he is serious about climate change, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said.

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Top female politicians say women should not be put off by ‘imposter syndrome’

After comments made by Scottish First Minister, both Alliance’s Naomi Long and Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald agree that self-doubt is normal.

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Election candidate campaigning against anti-social behaviour has car vandalised

A Cork City Council election candidate who has campaigned against illegal dumps and anti-social behaviour has been subjected to vandalism at her home.

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Kelly seeks to play down European chances

Post-election legal action, drinking with Nigel Farage, a brother involved in anti-Government protests, EU broadband funding demands — oh, and the little matter of the Ireland South MEP race. Fiachra Ó Cionnaith meets Fine Gael’s Sean Kelly.

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Frustrations abound but councillors can still achieve results

On Friday week, people all over Ireland will vote to elect 949 councillors. On May 31, my five-year term as a councillor will officially end, writes Justin Sinnott.

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Election posters play a key role in reminding electorate of candidates

If it weren’t for the posters people wouldn’t have a breeze that there were elections coming up, says Alison O’Connor.

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#IETownHall event: Kelleher accused of 'selling-out' pro-life support over 8th Amendment

Fianna Fáil TD and Ireland South MEP election candidate Billy Kelleher has been accused of "selling out" traditional pro-life party support over his decision to back the removal of the eighth amendment.

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Varadkar denies fund for farmers linked to elections

The Taoiseach said his Government has been listening to what beef farmers have to say.

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#IETownHall event: Kelleher accused of 'selling-out'; Wallace dismisses claims Euro bid is insurance against Dail seat loss

Ireland South MEP candidates will battle it out for crucial European election votes tonight at an Irish Examiner town hall debate with just a week to go before the national ballot.

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External risks to Irish economic growth are increasing, economist warns

Upcoming national elections across Europe could ratchet up the external pressure on the Irish economy - already under threat from Brexit, potential global trade wars, and US corporate tax policy changes - an economist has warned.

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Peadar Tóibín: Aontú would welcome migrants and offer safe sanctuary

Newly formed party Aontú said it would welcome migrants fleeing war-torn countries or economic hardship here and accused the Fine Gael-led government of hollowing out rural Ireland.

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Council 'above reproach', says TD, as Kerry gardaí investigate electoral register allegations

Kerry TD John Brassil has said that Kerry County Council is “above reproach” with regard to allegations of interference with the county’s supplementary register of electors.

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Cllr Noel Collins set to lead the pack once again in East Cork

The longest-serving public representative in the State is on the campaign trail as he prepares to contest the local elections in the East Cork municipal district.

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Macroom area remains a six-seater but areas added to municipal district.

The population of the Macroom electoral area is 36,844 and, despite the removal of Blarney from the district into the city jurisdiction, the number of seats up for grabs there will remain at six.

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Tánaiste explains why only one Fine Gael candidate to attend Cork hustings

The Tánaiste has rejected suggestions that Fine Gael is denying voters the right to hear what their candidates have to say by banning Sean Kelly and Andrew Doyle from tomorrow night's Irish Examiner hustings.

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Kanturk-Mallow now divided for elections

A single six-seater in 2014, the Kanturk-Mallow municipal district will be two separate electoral areas this time around.

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Fermoy politics has been like a game of musical chairs

Local politics in Fermoy has been a game of musical chairs of sorts with representatives not just giving up county council positions for Dáil seats, but also swapping parties since the last local elections.

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High Court dismisses Ben Gilroy's RTE action; Second challenge to be heard tomorrow

The Judge also said he agreed with counsel for RTE Ms Niamh Hyland that the application was brought by Ben Gilroy in an attempt to enhance his electoral prospects in the May 24 ballot.

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Alliance leader says party are ‘best placed to take Northern Ireland’s third European seat’

Leader Naomi Long has launched her party’s election manifesto at the CIYMS sports grounds in east Belfast.

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Fine Gael bars MEP from ‘Examiner’ event

Fine Gael has banned a second party candidate from taking part in the Irish Examiner European election debate in Cork amid fears that their involvement could damage sitting MEP Deirdre Clune’s re-election chances.

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Local Elections: Cobh-based contingent likely to see transfers among each other

The city boundary extension will remove nearly all of Glanmire from the former Glanmire-Cobh municipal district.

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