This week the RTÉ political staff give the inside track on what is happening as politicians press the flesh, knock on doors and look for votes.

The podcast, presented by Aine Lawlor, is available to download here on Stitcher, Soundcloud and iTunes as the local and European election campaigns get underway.

The RTÉ team look at Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s tour of Munster this week. 

It did not go as planned when photo shoots ran into protesting farmers.

Mícheál Lehane analyses why Fine Gael public relations strategy hit the buffers as Leo Varadkar campaigned in Waterford, Limerick and Cork. 

Political reporter Conor McMorrow looks at what the local elections mean to for each political party.

Traditionally local councils are the bedrock of any group planning to engineer a solid showing in national politics.

In the last contest in 2014 Fianna Fáil became the largest party in city and county councils – but can it maintain this position? And what about the other parties? Conor sifts through figures.