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Miriam Lord: Populist band of travellers seeks recognition - Irish Times

Emotionally drained, after a turbulent year, the brave men and women marched down the plinth and faced the press. They were determined to be themselves – proud to be Irish, yet a distinct group from a unique culture. It was time. Time for Fianna Fáil ...and more »

Miriam Lord: What to do with this runt of a Dáil – rip it up or pull like a dog? - Irish Times

After a “seismic shift” and months of agonised huffing and puffing, Election 2016 produced a runt of a Dáil. They had to call it something. So they did. It was christened “the New Politics”. Or to give it its full title, “New Politics me arse”, as ...and more »

Latest: Fianna Fáil make water charges submission that may end stand-off with Fine Gael -

Update - 2.15pm: A deal could be agreed between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to end the stand-off over water charges which this week threatened to topple the minority government. Both parties today lodged their submissions to the Oireachtas Committee on ...and more »

Fine Gael is in Government but Fianna Fáil is in power - Irish Times

Fine Gael may have been convulsed by a leadership crisis and the timeline for Enda Kenny's departure, but the feeling, even among his critics in the party, is that the issue has been parked for now. He and wrested back control of the issue with what a ...and more »

Households to get €325 in water bill refunds - Irish Independent

Almost one million households can expect water charge refunds of up to €325 as part of a compromise between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. The two parties remain at loggerheads over the total abolition of charges - but Housing Minister Simon Coveney now ...and more »

Fianna Fáil legal advice gives all clear to ban or suspend water charges -

Fianna Fáil has published legal advice it received on whether Ireland can ban water charges in a way that is compatible with European Union laws. The party is in favour of abolishing all charges and believes the issue of excessive usage can be dealt ...and more »

'Irish Times' poll: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil almost level - Irish Times

Support for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil is almost equal while Sinn Féin has shown some gains since December, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll. The poll shows that despite the political controversies of recent weeks, which ...and more »

New politics beset by old problems in slow-moving Dáil - Irish Times

The results of the general election had barely trickled in when party leaders began promising radical reform of politics in Ireland. It was heralded as a new dawn where the parliament, rather than the Government, would be in control. The power to set ...and more »

The new politics: 10 changes it has brought to the Oireachtas - Irish Times

The 32nd Dáil is very different from any of the parliament's previous iterations. Much of the change stemmed from last year's inconclusive general election result, which left the State with a minority administration and forced major changes to how the ...and more »

Noel Whelan: Fianna Fáil are wrong on water charges - Irish Times

The Government has always had reason to beware the Ides of this March. It was inevitable that the issue of water charges would re-emerge to endanger its survival in the coming weeks. In May last year Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael negotiators, having spent ...and more »