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The best analysis of the Irish political scene featuring Irish Times journalists, political thinkers and the occasional politician. Hosted by Arts & Culture Editor Hugh Linehan. PLUS: Election Daily brings you the most important #GE2020 news in under fifteen minutes, every weekday evening.

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The best analysis of the Irish political scene featuring Irish Times journalists, political thinkers and the occasional politician. Hosted by Arts & Culture Editor Hugh Linehan. PLUS: Election Daily brings you the most important #GE2020 news in under fifteen minutes, every weekday evening.

    Election Daily - Tuesday - Varadkar Forgives Noone & Labour's Manifesto Launch

    Election Daily - Tuesday - Varadkar Forgives Noone & Labour's Manifesto Launch

    Following on from the leaders debate in NUIG last night, Fiach Kelly was in Galway early this morning on the canvas trail with Leo Varadkar. But how did the Taoiseach respond to the controversial autism comments & subsequent apology made by Fine Gael's Catherine Noone? Plus Jennifer Bray attended the Labour manifesto launch earlier today and talks us through their promise of a living wage, a three year rent freeze and the potential for an 'omnibus referendum'.

    • 17 min
    Election Daily - Leader's Debate Reaction with Fiach Kelly

    Election Daily - Leader's Debate Reaction with Fiach Kelly

    Fiach joins Hugh to assess the second debate of #GE20, this time with seven party leaders. Who impressed, who failed to make their mark, which issues dominated, and which were ignored?

    • 10 min
    Election Daily - Monday - Moving Week, Project Fear, Debate II Preview

    Election Daily - Monday - Moving Week, Project Fear, Debate II Preview

    Pat Leahy and Jennifer Bray are here with your daily update on the events of the general election campaign. It's a critical week for all the parties and candidates as the large block of undecided voters - over 20% according to polls - should begin to make up their minds. Which message is winning out? Plus, what to watch for in tonight's seven-way debate.

    • 14 min
    Housing: What Are The Parties Proposing?

    Housing: What Are The Parties Proposing?

    As the political parties begin to launch their manifestos, and to coincide with a major series in The Irish Times on the causes and potential solutions to the housing crisis, we talk to three of our journalists:

    - Political reporter Jennifer Bray on the key policies being proposed by the political parties and the major differences between them;

    - Business reporter Eoin Burke-Kennedy on the problems with measures designed to help buyers, like the SSIA scheme proposed by Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael's expanded Help-To-Buy programme;

    - Dublin Editor Olivia Kelly on the role of the Land Development Agency, a key component in Fine Gael's Rebuilding Ireland strategy, and its uncertain future after GE20.

    • 32 min
    Election Daily - Friday - Party Manifestos & A Look Ahead to Next Week

    Election Daily - Friday - Party Manifestos & A Look Ahead to Next Week

    Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil both released their party manifestos today, but what are the real differences between them? As we reach the end of the first full week of GE2020, Pat Leahy and pollster Kevin Cunningham dissect the party promises and also take a look at what lies in store for the remainder of the campaign.

    • 14 min
    Election Daily - Thursday - Leo's Answer, Coalition Partners, The Disunited Left

    Election Daily - Thursday - Leo's Answer, Coalition Partners, The Disunited Left

    Harry McGee and Mary Minihan join Hugh to dig into last night's debate some more, including the fallout from Leo Varadkar's awkward answer about his past use of drugs, and analyse what Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have been saying about potential coalition partners like the Greens. Plus Harry explains what is going on within the Solidarity / People Before Profit group, who risk splitting the left wing vote in Dublin South-West.

    • 16 min

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