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Elections 27-02-2020

Ireland needs a stable government for the post-Brexit negotiations

The post-Brexit negotiations with the UK are particularly vital for Ireland and dealing with them requires a stable government in office, writes Dick Roche.
Elections 20-02-2020

Ireland’s Fianna Fáil to step up efforts to form a government

Ireland's Fianna Fáil will step up efforts to form a government by starting formal engagement with other parties, except Sinn Féin, after marginally winning the most seats at an inconclusive 8 February election.
Politics 14-02-2020

Tweets of the Week: VLD vs Boris, Coronavirus, and Irish elections

Welcome to Euractiv’s EU Tweets of the Week VDL issues Boris an Ozzie correction, efforts continue to stop coronavirus infection and Irish give tight result in general election. This episode is supported by ACI Europe, find out more about them...
Elections 11-02-2020

Ireland’s political earthquake

Sinn Féin made only one mistake: had it run multiple candidates in its strongest constituencies, it could have become the largest party in the Irish parliament by a long lead, writes Dick Roche.
Elections 10-02-2020

Irish nationalists Sinn Fein demand place in government after strong election showing

Irish nationalists Sinn Fein demanded on Sunday (9 February) to be part of the next Irish government after early results indicated the left-wing party secured the most votes in an election that leader Mary Lou McDonald described as a ballot box "revolution".
Elections 06-02-2020

Brexit, homelessness dominate in Irish election

Ireland goes to the polls on Saturday (8 February), with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar touting his successful handling of Brexit, but facing pressure over housing and healthcare.
Elections 04-02-2020

Nationalists establish clear lead in opinion poll ahead of Irish election

Irish nationalists Sinn Fein have surged to the top of an opinion poll five days ahead of an election in Ireland that looks set to be a major breakthrough for the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army.
Elections 23-01-2020

Irish PM willing to enter grand coalition with main rival

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said for the first time on Wednesday (22 January) that he would consider entering an unprecedented coalition government with the country's second-largest party and historic rival Fianna Fáil (affiliated to Renew Europe) after next month's election.
Elections 13-01-2020

Ireland’s PM sets stage for possible February election

Ireland's Prime Minster Leo Varadkar said on Sunday (12 January) he had made a decision on the timing of a general election, with many media outlets and politicians predicting a 7 February poll.
Elections 10-12-2019

Irish government stumbles as post-Brexit election looms

As political chaos reigned across the sea in Britain, Ireland's two main parties have been working together to limit the damage of Brexit -- but not for much longer.
EU Elections 2019 26-05-2019

Ireland’s Greens surge in European, local elections

Support for Ireland's Green Party surged in European and local elections, an exit poll showed on Saturday (25 May), putting it in line to take its first seats in the European Parliament for 20 years and make the biggest gains in county and city councils.
Elections 27-11-2017

Irish PM ‘doing everything he can’ to avoid election

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar "is doing everything he can" to avoid a snap general election, his spokesman said, but the crisis that has brought his minority government to the brink showed no obvious sign of resolution on Sunday (26 November).
Brexit 15-06-2017

Leo Varadkar, gay son of Indian migrant, to be next Irish taoiseach

Leo Varadkar was elected Irish prime mnister yesterday (14 June), making the 38-year-old son of an Indian immigrant the first gay premier of the once-staunchly Catholic country and the youngest person to hold the office.
Elections 18-05-2017

Irish PM Enda Kenny announces resignation

Enda Kenny announced yesterday (17 May) he will step down as Ireland's prime minister after six years once his Fine Gael party elects a new leader.
Global Europe 02-09-2016

Irish cabinet decides to fight EU on Apple tax

Ireland's cabinet agreed today (2 September) to join Apple in appealing against a multi-billion-euro back tax demand that the European Commission has slapped on the iPhone maker, despite misgivings among independents who back the fragile coalition.
Euro & Finance 02-09-2016

Apple ruling divides Irish cabinet

Ireland's fragile minority government meets today (2 September) for crunch talks to resolve a stalemate after the EU ruling on Apple that has divided the country. In the meantime, the European Socialists slammed the critics of the ruling.
Elections 09-05-2016

Irish PM secures re-election after 10-week stalemate

Enda Kenny was re-elected Ireland's prime minister on 6 May to end 10 weeks of political deadlock, when his party's biggest rival abstained to usher in the first minority government in decades -- and one many believe will be short-lived.
Elections 07-04-2016

Ireland braces for unprecedented ‘grand coalition’

Acting Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has proposed entering an unprecedented coalition government with the country's second-largest party, and historic rival, Fianna Fáil, his Fine Gael party said yesterday (6 April).
Elections 29-02-2016

Irish government concedes election defeat

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny conceded defeat on 27 February following elections that saw the governing coalition punished by voters weary of austerity, leaving the eurozone country in political limbo with no clear winner.
Euro & Finance 28-02-2011

New Irish government to seek better bailout terms

An election campaign fought on the basis that Ireland will renegoiate the terms of its €85 billion EU/IMF bailout appears to have paid off as the centre-right party, Fine Gael, clinched a resounding victory during this weekend's elections.
Elections 08-10-2009

Irish government on brink of collapse

The Irish government led by Brian Cowen, which last week succeeded in ratifying the EU's Lisbon Treaty in a second referendum, could collapse in the coming days following an expenses scandal which has rocked the beleaguered ruling coalition.
EU Priorities 2020 07-06-2009

Irish PM rout signals stormy Lisbon Treaty vote

Ireland's ruling party suffered a record defeat in European and local elections yesterday (6 June), signalling a possible stormy passage for the EU's Lisbon Treaty in a fresh referendum.
Elections 29-05-2007

Ahern in search of new coalition

Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is preparing this week for an unprecedented third term in office that will make him the most successful politician in modern Irish history - and the longest serving leader in Europe - after victory in last Thursday’s election (24 May).
25-04-2002

Beginning of the election campaign in Ireland

On 24 April, the Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern announced the dissolution of the Irish Parliament - the Dail - and the launch of a three-week election campaign. The elections are expected to be held on 17 May.
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