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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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Local Elections: Carrigaline is redrawn, reduced, redefined

The historic reorganisation of local government in Cork has impacted on most of Cork County Council’s municipal districts (MD) but none more so than this one.

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Mayoral vote: Everyone eligible to vote in plebiscites should get informed

Before people vote on the Government’s proposal for directly elected mayors, it’s important to understand how councils work, writes Henry Abbott.

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Sinn Féin denies backing strategies with no chance of delivery in EU manifesto

Mary Lou McDonald kicked off the party’s European election campaign in Dublin.

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Candidates accused of flouting poster ban spirit

Two local election candidates have been accused of flouting the spirit of a town’s poster ban.

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Vote to make divorce less traumatic - Poll just days away

The Central Statistics Office has shown we are in the middle of the Irish wedding season.

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Simon Coveney: Directly elected mayor will have the clout of 40,000 votes

Cork is buzzing at the moment and for the next 20 years has the potential to be the fastest growing city in Ireland. This is essential to overturn the dominance of Dublin and the east coast.

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Eco warrior has impeccable green credentials

Michael Clifford joins Grace O’Sullivan, the Green Party candidate for Ireland South in the upcoming European elections, as she takes to the campaign trail on Shannonside.

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West Cork’s new faces and seasoned campaigners vie for victory

The division of West Cork into two electoral areas, Skibbereen and Bantry, would strongly appear to favour the two main political parties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

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Junior minister ordered not to attend ‘Irish Examiner’ event

A major row has erupted within Fine Gael after junior minister Andrew Doyle was ordered not to attend a hustings event next week, after previously being told he could go.

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Letter to the Editor: Women must get out and vote

People need to be reminded to check they have a vote on May 24 when there are votes on divorce, for local candidates and European parliamentary elections. Voting cards ought to be arriving to voters. Otherwise, people should check and people here, born abroad, ought to make inquiries.

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Keep your friends close and party rivals closer

BILLY “One Seat” Kelleher: that rather disparaging description of the long-standing TD and favourite MEP candidate, by his party colleague Malcolm Byrne over a perceived breach of an agreed boundary has generated much hilarity this week.

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New MEPs will need to make European Parliament 'sexy', candidates say

"A parliament or institution is only going to be sexy if it is doing things that are relevant to people's lives. Otherwise, it's not going to be particularly attractive."

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Four environmental groups have united to back the creation of a directly-elected mayor in Cork

If there is a yes vote, legislation will be required before the first directly-elected mayoral elections in 2021.

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Poll suggests Fine Gael to come out on top in EU election

Fine Gael candidates look set to come out on top in all three European Parliament Constituencies ahead of this month's election, according to a new opinion poll.

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European elections: The burning issues facing Irish voters

From May 23-26, Irish voters will be thinking about the environment, immigration, spending imbalances, and an EU army, says Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe.

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Follow live coverage of our Ireland South Town Hall Meeting on irishexaminer.com

Update: The Irish Examiner will be hosting a town hall meeting between Ireland South European Election candidates on May 16 at 7.30pm in Cork's Clayton Hotel Silver Springs.

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More powers for directly-elected mayors would make role 'totally unworkable', says Cork's Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor of Cork has branded efforts to create a directly-elected mayor in Cork city as premature and warned that the addition of executive powers to the office could actually distance the role from the public.

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Eastwood election bus highlights EU payments to Northern Ireland

The SDLP leader is running in this month’s European Parliament poll.

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The people we elect to Europe should have these five key policy asks in mind

Next week, Social Justice Ireland and Trócaire will co-host a hustings event ahead of the European Elections on May 24th. Dr. Seán Healy, Director, Social Justice Ireland, sets out the five key policy asks in that joint policy platform.

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'Disturbing' poster vandalism slammed by candidates

“I just find it extremely disturbing with young children going to school and people in general, it’s not an image they want to see.”

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FF’s Byrne complains over ‘Billy One Seat’ Kelleher

A rift has emerged between Fianna Fáil’s two candidates in Ireland South after Malcolm Byrne lodged an official complaint to party bosses about his party rival Billy Kelleher, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

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Colourful cast of candidates add to the plot: Midlands North-West elections

Outspoken Independents, a celebrity candidate, and a risk that the result could cause a snap general election mean the sprawling Midlands-North West is set for high drama, writes Political Correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

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Microsoft unveils election security tools at annual developer conference

The technology giant has announced new software designed to make elections and voting more secure.

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Crowded field in Dublin as well-known contenders do battle for just four seats

In the second day of a three-part series on the European elections, Elaine Loughlin profiles Dublin — the ‘constituency of death’.

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Why are election candidates all so happy and content?

A woman begged my pardon the other night, while I was out, enjoying a quiet pint.

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Fine Gael launch referendum campaign to reduce waiting period for divorce

More than 4,000 couples separating annually will be spared lengthy emotional and financial distress if voters back proposals to allow for quicker divorces in Ireland.

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Divorce Referendum: Yes vote will lead to more compassionate divorce law – Fine Gael

Couples currently have to prove to a court that they have been separated for a long period before they can secure a divorce.

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Mozilla launches European election toolkit to fight fake news

The firm’s Firefox web browser has released guidance on how to spot and avoid online election interference tactics.

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Voters hungry for progressive alternatives in NI, says Alliance leader

Naomi Long said the growth of the centre ground in the local government elections was ‘hugely, hugely important’ for Northern Ireland.

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