Opinion: when opportunity knocks, perhaps you should open the door
Pat O'Toole
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil seem to have dismissed the prospect of a summer election, but it might be their best chance of being returned to power.
12 June 2024 News
High-profile farmers lose out on council seats
It was a difficult week for Dermot Kelleher, Kevin Comiskey, and the Hacketts as their efforts to become county councillors fell short.
12 June 2024 News
Independent Ireland gain 23 seats in local elections
The new party is also in contention to take a seat in the European Parliament through Ciaran Mullooly.
October election the most likely option
All the tea-leaves seem to point toward an autumn general election, with a new EUcommissioner to be appointed and a pre-election budget on the cards in September
12 June 2024 News
Analysis: survey predicted Sinn Féin's slump
The recent Irish Farmers Journal survey showed Sinn Féin at 6%, which seemed nonsensical. But using the slide rule of doubling that vote, it proved eerily accurate.
12 June 2024 News
Big battle for final seats in Brussels
While Seán Kelly, Billy Kelleher and Luke Ming Flanagan will join the four Dublin MEPs in the next parliament, there is a massive fight on for the remaining seven seats.
12 June 2024 News
55,000 spoiled votes in European elections
Over 3% of votes were spoiled, with the number of candidates and the length of the ballot paper contributing factors
12 June 2024 News
How did the farmer candidates fare in the local elections?
We provide a unique and comprehensive guide to how the farming candidates standing in the local elections fared.
10 June 2024 News
Farmers Journal farmers survey foresaw the Sinn Féin slump
The big story of the local and European elections so far has been the rise of the independents at the expense of Sinn Féin and we saw it coming from the farmers' poll carried out over two weeks ago
9 June 2024 News
Opinion: Kelleher, Cowen and co get a dose of Andrews' Liversalts
The Fianna Fáil candidate for the Dublin constituency set the cat among the, er, dairy cows, as he stated his opposition to the nitrates derogation days before polling.
8 June 2024 Opinion
Politics Podcast: race to Brussels remains tight
Political correspondent Pat O’Toole outlines the lay of the land just days before voters go to the polls to elect the 14 MEPs who will represent Ireland in Brussels.
6 June 2024 Podcast
Food security does not mean full self-sufficiency - Commission
A high-level briefing from the EU Commission acknowledged the challenge for European farmers, and said that agriculture is a priority issue for the EU in external trade negotiations.
5 June 2024 News