When asked if Fine Gael has lost control of law and order, he said: 'We will have periods where there is a spate of violence as we have seen in the past week but that does not mean that law and order has broken down.' … [Read more...] about Chief suspect in killing and dismemberment of Irish 17-year-old ‘threatened to murder another man’ as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar defends his record on law and order
For four years, Ireland has been ruled by economically liberal Fine Gael minority governments under Enda Kenny and Leo Varadkar. These have been kept in place by confidence and supply deals with Fianna Fáil, led by Micheál Martin. But Mr Varadkar’s support in the Dáil has ebbed. His aim to delay the election into the summer faltered. Last week he jumped before he was pushed. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on Ireland’s election: a contest with consequences
The Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes poll had put the two dominant parties of Irish politics level on 27% heading into the contest but the poll on Sunday showed Fine Gael plummeting to 20% while its centrist rival jumped to 32%, up five points on a month ago. … [Read more...] about Main Irish opposition surged into 12-point lead as election called
Irish general election to be held on 8 FebruaryEven as the cabinet was meeting on Tuesday morning and Mr Varadkar was briefing his Fine Gael party colleagues and other independent ministers on the decision to dissolve the current Dáil, election posters in his Dublin West constituency were going up. … [Read more...] about Irish general election: What’s at stake for the parties?