Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin with   Labour Leader and Tanaiste Joan Burton   at the Labour Party pre-autumn parliamentary meeting in Whites Hotel Wexford . Howlin has already given his cabinet colleagues a bit of a dressing down for making spending demands that far exceed the available resources. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES)

Continued improvement in economy will give Coalition more leeway next year

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: would now look at changes likely to take place following the referendum. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Neutral during the campaign, Kenny says he respects the democratic decision

Minister for Agriculture and Defence  Simon Coveney tweeted: “For the record: I believe much of John Bruton’s commentary on 1916 is simply wrong and does not represent the views of Fine Gael supporters.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Flanagan honours Redmond’s achievement

Former taoiseach John Bruton: “If the 1916 leaders had had more patience, a lot of destruction could have been avoided.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ireland could have taken same ‘peaceful path’ to independence with Home Rule

Former MEP Emer Costello who has received an apology from SIPO for suggesting she was the biggest spender in the Dublin constituency in European elections last May. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

SIPO inaccurately suggested Labour candidate was highest Euro election spender in Dublin

Lucinda Creighton: She and a number of her colleagues lost the Fine Gael party whip for voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill over  a yar ago. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Addition of five former Fine Gael TDs to push up technical group membership to 21

‘At one of his first EU meetings Albert Reynolds  came to the conclusion that Mitterrand was talking nonsense and simply butted in saying: “Hang on a minute there François. I don’t agree with that at all”.’ Above,  Reynolds and  Mitterrand, along with  as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, French prime minister Edouard Balladur, German foreign minister Klaus Kinkel, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and finance minster Theo Waigel at the two-day summit of the European Council December 1994. Photograph: Juergen Schwarz/  Reuter

Opinion: Apparently at EU summits he used to stroll in and greet German Chancellor Helmut Kohl with “Howya Helmet”

Albert Reynolds: “He had the vision to see the opportunity and the courage to act on it. We should be very grateful to him for that,” said Tony Blair

Politicians unite in recognising central role of Albert Reynolds in peace process

‘The Downing Street declaration was the foundation stone on which the peace process was built.’ Above, British prime minister,  John Major, with  taoiseach  Albert Reynolds,  following the  agreement of the Downing Street Declaration in December 1993.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield / THE IRISH TIMES

Opinion: The qualities of stubborn single-mindedness that brought about the IRA ceasefire also led to both his Coalition gov(...)

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