Time and time again, politicians fail to trust people, says Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister for Health says politicians should be prepared to reject voters’ ideas

Micheál Martin said he had a huge issue with some in Sinn Féin calling those who took part in the Boston College oral history project “touts and informers”. Photograph: Alan Betson

McDonald tells MacGill Summer School debate FG and FF should ‘kiss and make up’

Frank Flannery tells the summer school  it is “increasingly” the destiny of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to come together. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Party’s poll campaign ‘one of the worst’, says ex-FG strategist and Rehab CEO

File photograph of former Rehab chief Angela Kerins who has filed a High Court action for compensation arising from a PAC investigation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kerins claims committee members engaged in a ‘witch-hunt’

File photograph Michael McDowell who  has questioned why Mr Kenny did not give an explanation to the Dáil on Mr Callinan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Circumstances surrounding Shatter resignation ‘murky’ says former minister for justice

From left: Brendan Smith (Cavan-Monaghan), Colm Keaveney (Galway East) and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Martin says any TD thinking of retiring must tell him by the end of September

 Frank Flannery: “I might talk to Phil Hogan about Galway and Kilkenny in a Leinster final and on a friendly basis with people in the party. Am I talking to people about Fine Gael policy? No.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former Rehab chief and FG strategist says it would be a ‘positive development’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Party must get serious ahead of next general election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Micheál Martin tells TDs and Senators to make up their minds before September

Fine Gael TD John Deasy, who accused two other TDs of being ‘bullsh***rs’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael TD John Deasy calls two colleagues “bullsh***ers” at PAC talks

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