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Poll surge for Sinn Fein in...
March 03, 2014

Three of the country's main political parties have suffered a dramatic drop in support in the wake of the spate of controversies around the Garda Siochana, a Sunday Independent MillwardBrown opinion poll reveals. Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Fianna Fail have all registered substantial falls in support, to the benefit of Sinn Fein and Independents. Fine Gael is down three points to 27pc and the Labour Party is down four points to eight per cent. Fianna Fail is on 21pc, down five point

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Opinion poll call over Lendal Bridge trial
March 01, 2014
Lendal Bridge in York , where private vehicles have been banned for part of the day AN INDEPENDENT survey is needed to see what people think of York ’s controversial Lendal Bridge trial, one of the city’s political parties has claimed. City of York Council’s Conservative group has raised doubts about whether the authority’s online survey into the scheme, which has banned...
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Share-out of Maze centre's 18.1m big blow to Sinn Fein
February 24, 2014
It appears to kill off any lingering hopes of a deal on the controversial site for the foreseeable future. The European Union body which administered its grant confirmed the funding was being reallocated, and said that while the Maze could apply to the Peace IV package, which opens for applications next January, decisions on funding would not be taken for up to a year. It means even if a deal...
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Shatter launches counter-attack
February 26, 2014
In a bullish counter-attack to stinging criticism of his role in the crisis, Mr Shatter also refused to distance himself from Garda chief Martin Callinan's depiction of the whistleblowers as "disgusting". After a day of claims, counter-claims and sometimes emotional outbursts, the justice minister declared there would be uproar if any other serving garda had behaved in the...
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The Punt: Sinn Fein not...
March 01, 2014

Sinn Fein's EU candidate for Ireland South, Liadh Ni Riada, has hit out at University College Cork for planning to confer an honourary degree on European Commission bogeyman, er ... I mean ... President, Jose Manuel Barroso, pictured, next week. Ironically, she pointed out that Mr Barroso's planned 25-minute address won't be an engagement, but will be "more of a monologue". Pot calling the kettle black just a small bit, we think. Ms Ni Riada's own st

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Yes-No split steady in latest poll
February 20, 2014
Some 29% of respondents said they will vote Yes against 42% who will vote No, with 29% remaining undecided, according to a TNS poll conducted in the first week of February. The results are identical to a TNS poll in mid-January which revealed a swing from undecided towards independence, up to 29% from 27% in December and 26% in November, while support for the union remained at around 42%....
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Haass proposals will not be renegotiated, Adams says
January 11, 2014
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said draft proposals set out by Richard Haass on key issues in Northern Ireland must be adopted by all parties and will not be renegotiated. The document, which has been rejected by the DUP, the Ulster Unionist Party and Alliance must also receive the endorsement of the Irish and British governments, Mr Adams said. Negotiations to reach an agreement on the...
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Garda dossier claims grave: Kenny
February 20, 2014
Such is the seriousness of the claims, he has appealed for anyone with further evidence of wrongdoing to come forward and vowed to deal with it "in the interest of our state, of our country". The file of allegations - said to involve rogue policing and cover-ups connected to assault, abduction and even murder - was compiled by Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe. Fianna Fail leader...
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Absence of feelgood factor curbs Ukip’s upward surge
March 03, 2014
Public meetings held by political parties are a minority interest in the UK these days; even fewer would attend them if they were held on a sunny Saturday morning. But before 10am on Saturday, more than 500 people gathered in the Riviera Centre in Torquay, Devon, to hear UK Independence Party (Ukip) leader Nigel Farage. Some were loyal party members who had stayed over from the conference that...
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Thai elections: Voting resumes in general poll
March 02, 2014
Protesters marched through central Bangkok on Sunday but there were no reports of disruptions Voting has begun in five provinces in Thailand that were unable to hold polls in last month's general election because of anti-government protests. No disturbances have so far been reported in Sunday's ballot. But the election commission said the situation was still too tense in many...
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Support for coalition parties up as country exits bailout
December 11, 2013
The Coalition parties have benefited from a significant bounce in the run up to the exit from the EU/IMF bailout, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll. Fine Gael is up four percentage points and Labour is up three since the last Irish Times poll in September. Satisfaction with the government has also increased sharply while Taoiseach Enda Kenny has the highest rating of any of...
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Garda go-between 'is a scapegoat'
February 19, 2014
Retired officer John Wilson called for an independent investigation into the dismissal of Oliver Connolly, a lawyer who was appointed to hear complaints of malpractice from serving gardai. Taoiseach Enda Kenny revealed Mr Connolly was "relieved of his duties" in the latest twist in a deepening saga affecting the Garda, its official watchdog and Justice Minister Alan Shatter. The...
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Cookstown councillor backs Willie Frazer over Sinn Fein plaque...
February 22, 2014
A Cookstown councillor has weighed in to the row following the lock-out of Victims campaigner Willie Frazer from a meeting of Magherafelt District Council last week. Councillor Robert Kelly said barring Mr Frazer proved that Magherafelt Council is a cold house for Unionism. “Northern Ireland’s churches and halls are filled with plaques in memory of men and women who died at the...
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