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Talks on new Irish government commence

Talks on new Irish government commence

| May 6, 2020

Three months on from a general election that marked a major shift in Irish politics, talks are finally getting under way to create a new three-way coalition. Ken Murray reports from Dublin. It’s been a long time coming but bit by bit, they appear to be getting there. Formal talks on the creation of a […]

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Talks about talks on new government get under way in #Ireland

Talks about talks on new government get under way in #Ireland

| February 25, 2020

The main political parties in Ireland have commenced a series of ‘talks about talks’ as the quest to form a new government continues following the inconclusive outcome of the general election on 8 February, writes Ken Murray in Dublin. In what could be described as a political version of speed dating, the parties are making […]

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New Irish government ‘could take weeks to form’

New Irish government ‘could take weeks to form’

| February 11, 2020

On what is the week of St. Valentine’s Day, political parties in Ireland are to begin a form of romantic courtship in the coming days as they eye each other up with a view to establishing a new government or administrative marriage of convenience, writes Ken Murray. The phenomenal success of left-wing party Sinn Féin […]

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#Varadkar set for defeat in Irish general election

#Varadkar set for defeat in Irish general election

| February 4, 2020

Republic of Ireland Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar (pictured) looks set to return to the opposition benches in The Dáil after the people of Ireland cast their votes in the Irish General Election on Saturday 8 February, writes Ken Murray. A series of opinion polls which show a significant fall in support for his ruling […]

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#Varadkar calls general election in #Ireland

#Varadkar calls general election in #Ireland

| January 15, 2020

Voters in the Republic of Ireland will go to the polls on 8 February, one year ahead of schedule, after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called time on his government, writes Ken Murray. It will be the first time a general election takes place on a Saturday since Ireland achieved independence from Britain in 1922. Addressing media […]

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#Brexit fears see massive increase in Irish passport applications

#Brexit fears see massive increase in Irish passport applications

| January 13, 2020

Fears overs the implications of Brexit have seen a record 900,000 Irish passports being issued in 2019, writes Ken Murray. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin, the figure represents a seven per cent increase on 2018 applications. During peak periods, more than 5,800 applications were submitted from around the world in a […]

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Irish government on borrowed time

Irish government on borrowed time

| December 17, 2019

The Irish government finds itself on ‘life support’ after a number of unexpected setbacks have narrowed Leo Varadkar’s ruling Fine Gael majority to just two seats, writes Ken Murray. Speculation is rife in Dublin that a general election could be called any time within the next eight weeks as tensions mount in the Irish parliament […]

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