Higgins changes his story on use of jet amid claims of Áras 'extravagance'
President Michael D Higgins is to face more questions over a culture of "extravagance" in Áras an Uachtaráin after shifting the blame for flying to Belfast from the PSNI to his own officials.
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Analysis: Presidency is a pretty powerless role in Ireland but there are important rules and responsibilities
President of Ireland is a pretty powerless position, but it is not wise to write it off as entirely...
Casey takes aim at the Áras dogs in bizarre attack ad
Presidential candidate Peter Casey has released a bizarre video taking aim once again at the President's dogs.
Comment: Michael D has been self-serving over jet row...but he'll still walk it
So President Higgins used the Government jet for a visit to Belfast on the advice of his office - not the Police Service of Northern Ireland, as we had...
Three 'Dragons' a help to President - Duffy
The entry of three 'Dragons' Den' investors into the presidential race has helped Michael D Higgins secure his landslide lead, Gavin Duffy believes.
Freeman leaves the door open for another Áras run if she loses out
Presidential hopeful Joan Freeman has left the door open for another run for Áras an Uachtaráin if she is unsuccessful this week.
Pride: Joan Freeman's daughter 'comes out' to try to silence Iona links
Joan Freeman's daughter, Aislinne, has revealed for the first time that she is in a same-sex relationship, fiercely rebuffing claims that her mother is a...
Casey faces new storm over welfare comments
Controversial presidential election candidate Peter Casey is set to ramp up his campaign today after a wobble over the backlash to his comments about the Travelling community.
Only a gigantic shock could now knock Higgins off of his perch
Accusations of racism, questions over the spending of public money, and admissions of a series of driving offences - including one serious crash - it seems there is nothing that will sway the public...
Exclusive Casey: I won't quit Aras race
Businessman Peter Casey has decided to remain a candidate in the presidential election after a week of controversy over his views on Traveller culture and ethnicity.
'Ridiculous' vote shows true value of democracy
BaRring a change in the course of history, this day week Michael D Higgins will be sitting comfortably with his feet up in Aras an Uachtarain.
'Don't quit': amazing support has helped me to stay in race
Okay, I'm just going to say it: I've been troubled the past couple of days. To read articles that say I am a racist hurts. To hear the Taoiseach, whom I have always respected, say people shouldn't vote for...
Responsibilities of freedom of speech
The people go to the polls this Friday to vote in a presidential election and blasphemy referendum. When it was decided to hold these votes on the same day, it was not expected that what could be defined as the principle of 'freedom of speech' would emerge as a central theme to both.
Casey visits the homes at centre of row - but not the families
Peter Casey and his wife Helen arrived at Cabragh Bridge and gazed at the six neat houses.
'Millionaire' Higgins not interested in material wealth
President Michael D Higgins has refused to say whether he is a millionaire, claiming material things don't interest him.
Michael D 'didn't see' leaflet supporting him and blasphemy repeal
President Michael D Higgins claims he did not see a Fine Gael campaign leaflet promoting both a No 1 vote for him and a Yes vote in the blasphemy referendum.
Trump-lite: Millionaire stirs more controversy to keep pot simmering
It was always going to be about one thing - and that's exactly how it turned out.
Oireachtas axes Freeman campaign link
Oireachtas officials have removed a weblink to the campaign site for Joan Freeman after being asked about its existence by the Irish Independent.
Parties backing Higgins told to not use his image
President Michael D Higgins has banned political parties backing his re-election from using his image on literature and posters.
Wildcard may be hoping for a poll bounce on racism row
Peter Casey might be our presidential wildcard but he's no eejit.
Protests as Casey to visit Traveller homes site
Presidential hopeful Peter Casey has been accused of adding “insult to injury” and going further with his criticism of Travellers.
Many share Casey's simplistic views on Travellers but reality is far more complex
Peter Casey made the mistake of saying in public what a lot of Irish people say in private.
Nominee's council backers have no regrets
A number of councillors who helped Peter Casey get on the ballot paper have said they do not regret giving him their vote, although most said they disagree with his comments.
Casey sparks outrage with his 'racist' remarks on Travellers
Presidential candidate Peter Casey is facing calls to pull out of the race after claiming Travellers should not be recognised as an ethnic minority because they are "basically people camping in someone...
Casey: 'I don't believe Travellers should be given any special status'
Peter Casey was asked how his view that it's easy to become rich in Ireland sits with voters at a time that other candidates are talking about homelessness.
First presidential debate: How did the candidates do?
RTÉ host Claire Byrne chaired the first presidential election debate last night with four of the candidates present: Gavin Duffy, Joan Freeman, Liadh Ni Riada and Peter Casey.
Missing duo dominate dull opening to presidential debates
Almost straight away they got to the main issue of this presidential debate. The dogs.
Sinn Féin accused of vulgar abuse after party member jibes at 'leprechaun' Higgins
Sinn Féin has been accused of a "political response" after closing down a private WhatsApp group following "leprechaun" remarks about President...
'I hadn't time to improve my Irish over past seven years' - Gallagher
Seán Gallagher has said that he didn't improve his Irish to a point where he could describe himself as fluent over the past seven years because he was "time poor".
Casey sold Atlanta mansion for $2m and moved into modest house in Donegal
Presidential candidate Peter Casey downsized from a lavish $2m (€1.73m) mansion to a more modest €250,000 property in Donegal.
Voters keen on e-voting for election - survey
Ireland's last attempt at e-voting was a costly disaster, but a new survey claims more than half of the Irish electorate want to give it another go.
Duffy's week goes from historic driving offences to 'car-crash' interview
From questions about his involvement in a serious car crash as a teenager to a squirm-inducing radio interview, it's been a long week for Gavin Duffy...
'I will stand out in debates and show Michael D's time has passed'
In a strange way, Joan Freeman stands out in this presidential race simply because she doesn't stand out at all.
Regina Doherty appeals for more Fine Gael TDs and Senators to canvass for Michael D Higgins' re-election bid
JUST 11 out of Fine Gael's 69 TDs and Senators sought the party's election literature to canvass...
Regina Doherty appeals for more Fine Gael TDs and Senators to Michael D Higgins' re-election bid
JUST 11 out of Fine Gael's 69 TDs and Senators sought the party's election literature to canvass for President Michael D Higgins' re-election campaign.
Duffy concedes that he was slow to learn lessons after serious car crash
Presidential hopeful Gavin Duffy has said he will never forget the lessons learnt from a serious road accident he was involved in when driving without insurance or a licence.
Now Ní Riada admits she is 'on a good wage'
Sinn Féin's Liadh Ní Riada has been tripped up on the question of the average industrial wage, admitting she takes home some €60,000.
Casey in new dig at Higgins over his presidential driver
Presidential candidate Peter Casey appears to have taken a swipe at Michael D Higgins at his campaign launch by saying he will not - if elected - bring his presidential driver on overseas trips.
Double standards could see Higgins re-elected as untouchable monarch
Michael D Higgins is set fair to be re-elected on October 27. Polls suggest he may surpass his final tally of 58pc secured in 2011. He's seen as a good President, likeable, experienced - a safe pair of...
Casey seems an impressive candidate - so it's a shame he is going for the wrong job this time
Peter Casey is interviewing for a job. He seems affable and enthusiastic. He has an expensive, tousled hair cut and is wearing a nice suit. The...
Who is blast from the past millionaire now backing Freeman?
Forty years ago, they were childhood sweethearts before parting ways and losing contact.
Duffy out to prove he's not too 'businessy' and follow in the footsteps of Macron
Is it possible to be too 'businessy' for the presidency?
Higgins to give back unspent €200,000
President Michael D Higgins plans to release an annual report on Áras an Uachtaráin costs - and pledged to return €200,000 unspent from the allowances to the Exchequer.
'Hot and cold' row boils over between Nokia and Gallagher company
A dispute between presidential candidate Seán Gallagher's property company and Nokia Ireland over excessively "hot and cold" temperatures in...
Casey vows to spend less than rivals... at €5,000 launch
Presidential candidate Peter Casey is to formally kick off his campaign with a €5,000 event today.
Varadkar says Higgins is 'head and shoulders' above rival candidates
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described Michael D Higgins as being "head and shoulders" above his campaign rivals.
'Gallagher's words might fill a notebook but melt away like candyfloss afterwards'
Seán Gallagher's eyebrows shoot skywards when asked as to whether he might feel that we owe him the presidency because of what happened last...
‘Fat Freddie’ Thompson's ex Vicky among fans wowed by Michael D Higgins as he hits campaign trail
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins surprised shoppers in the city centre as he began his campaign for a second term in earnest by pressing the flesh.
Labour's Higgins re-election spend to equal repeal campaign outlay
Labour will spend as much on its campaign to re-elect President Michael D Higgins as it did on the recent abortion referendum, despite the incumbent running as an Independent candidate.
Michael D's walkabout like set of a rom-com as mobile love bomb let loose on the capital
He had scarcely taken 10 steps when it became glaringly apparent that this whole thing was ridiculous.
Social media firms 'know who the child abusers are,' claims Duffy
Presidential hopeful Gavin Duffy has claimed he will tackle social media companies who know who the child abusers on their platform are - even though the presidency has no legislative powers to do so.
RTÉ to leave podium empty as Michael D Higgins refuses to take part in Claire Byrne debate
RTÉ is to adopt an ‘empty chair’ approach after Michael D Higgins declined to take part in one of their live televised debates.
Public gives €8,000 to President's campaign
President Michael D Higgins has raised more than €8,000 in the opening hours of his crowdfunding campaign to fund his re-election bid.
Gallagher backtracks on comparing 'Tweetgate' to CervicalCheck scandal
Presidential hopeful Seán Gallagher has appeared to draw a parallel between his own battle for information with RTÉ in the wake of the 'Frontline' controversy and the CervicalCheck scandal.
Higgins has taken a leaf from Dev's election playbook
Michael D Higgins looks like he's going one better than Éamon de Valera in this race for the Áras. On the only other occasion an outgoing president decided to seek election to a second term, Dev...
President Michael D Higgins' campaign urging people to 'chip in' to fund re-election bid
An online campaign is attempting to raise €50,000 to fund President Michael D Higgins' re-election bid.
Gallagher will 'stay in embassies' instead of luxury hotels if elected
Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher has taken a veiled swipe at incumbent Michael D Higgins by telling supporters he will forgo luxurious hotels when travelling abroad and stay in embassies.
Michael D won't desert his official role as he goes on the presidential stump
President Michael D Higgins will continue to carry out presidential duties for the next two-and-a-half weeks, a spokesman has confirmed to the Irish...
#HaveYourSay: Do election posters and leaflets influence how you vote?
WITH just 25 days to go until we go to the polls, the election campaign to become the next president of Ireland is underway.
Executive at controversial US company gave Freeman €120,000 loan
Presidential candidate Joan Freeman's campaign is being partly funded by a businessman linked to a company once accused of operating a pyramid...
'I'm the expert in mental health, not Michael D,' insists senator
Senator Joan Freeman has declared herself as the "expert" on mental health after Michael D Higgins used an event in DCU to highlight the issue.
Trump a 'womaniser and abuser', says Casey
Presidential candidate Peter Casey has described Donald Trump as a "serial womaniser and abuser of women".
Ní Riada believes Cahill abuse claims - raising more questions for O'Neill
A clear divide has opened up in Sinn Féin over how to respond to Máiría Cahill's abuse claims after presidential candidate Liadh Ní Riada diverged from the line set by deputy leader Michelle O'Neill.
My age is of no concern, Higgins (77) says at launch of campaign
President Michael D Higgins yesterday played down issues of age and any concerns about his "cognitive capacity" as he launched his election campaign.
Ministers accuse watchdog of 'cynical' and 'partisan' inquiry into Áras costs
The watchdog committee scrutinising spending at Áras an Uachtaráin has been accused of "showboating" by Health Minister Simon Harris...
Ní Riada is the only candidate running under a party banner - but you wouldn't know it
Liadh Ní Riada was out early to get prime lamppost positions for her election posters - but voters would be forgiven for not realising she's the Sinn Féin...
€2.2m paid to President's office without being audited
Presidential spending is set to dominate the race for the Áras, after it emerged more than €2.2m was paid to Michael D Higgins's office without being audited.
'It wouldn't surprise me if it was PR stunt' - Casey's claim on woman intruder
Presidential candidate Peter Casey claimed a security breach at Áras an Uachtaráin was "a little bit of a coincidence" ahead of polling day.
The President is a veteran and he should well have seen this coming
President Mary Robinson famously put a light in one of the windows at Áras an Uachtaráin to honour Irish migrants scattered across the globe. Now all the talk is of shining the light inwards as we...
Dragon Casey takes Tweetgate swipe at election rival Seán
Presidential hopeful Peter Casey has taken a swipe at fellow 'Dragon' Seán Gallagher for his threat not to take part in the first debate unless incumbent Michael D Higgins is also present.
Dáil probe of presidential spending to proceed despite warnings over impact on election race
A Dáil probe of presidential spending will go ahead despite warnings it could be "unconstitutional" and affect the election campaign.
'Was that a smart comment? Don't you silence me' - two presidential hopefuls kicked out of council chamber after heated exchange
Two presidential hopefuls were kicked out of South Dublin Council Council this afternoon after...
'Dragons' and Michael D plough up support on stump in Screggan
The Americans have their presidential campaign ground games that cost millions and employ complicated strategies to engage with voters.
Casey gets nomination to be third 'Dragon' in Áras race
President Michael D Higgins will battle three former 'Dragons' Den' stars in the race for Áras an Uachtaráin after Peter Casey secured a nomination last night.
Higgins back on Twitter as he kicks off Áras re-election campaign online
President Michael D Higgins has reactivated his Twitter account and opened a new website as he kick-started his campaign to be returned to the Áras.
Freeman won't use posters in presidency bid
Presidential hopeful Joan Freeman won't put up posters as part of her election campaign, saying they're "offensive" to the environment.
Ní Riada not fit for Áras, says son of IRA victim
The son of prison officer Brian Stack, who was murdered by the IRA, has said Sinn Féin's presidential candidate is unsuitable to represent Ireland on the international stage after she...
Farcical events prove we need to raise the bar for our would-be presidents
'There's nothing in the Constitution to say I can't sing as President," Dana, also known as Rosemary Scallan, famously said during her surprise...
Duffy's 'relief' as he joins fellow Dragon Gallagher on the Áras ballot paper
Businessman and former 'Dragons' Den' judge Gavin Duffy has said he is "relieved" to have secured the endorsement of a fourth local authority, which...
Outrage at pitch calling for Arás hunting spa, TV show and burning bodies for fuel
Proposals to hire out Áras an Uachtaráin as a hunting lodge and burning dead bodies sparked outrage at Dublin City Council.
Casey claims FF members closing ranks for Gallagher
Presidential hopeful Peter Casey has claimed Fianna Fáil councillors are "closing ranks" around Seán Gallagher, making it difficult for other candidates to get on the ballot paper.
Idea that Gallagher is proxy candidate for Fianna Fáil is ridiculous, insists Martin
Micheál Martin has rejected the suggestion Seán Gallagher is a proxy Fianna Fáil candidate in the presidential election, calling it "ridiculous".
Gallagher sweeps on to ballot paper in just one day to challenge for Áras
Sean Gallagher - who lost the 2011 presidential election amid controversy - staked his claim for the forthcoming contest by winning the necessary council nominations in just one day to get on...
Áras hopeful 'using slain Veronica to get publicity'
The brother of late 'Sunday Independent' journalist Veronica Guerin has accused a presidential hopeful of using his sister's name to garner "publicity" and urged that his sister be allowed to rest in peace.
The phoney war draws to an end - but is Michael D unbeatable?
With apologies to the great Winston Churchill, we are at "the end of the beginning" in this Áras melodrama. There are a few more pucks left in this before we get the final list of candidates.