James Reilly: approached by some in Fine Gael about the possibility of filling a Seanad seat. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A number of former Fine Gael TDs and ministers are hoping to be appointed to the Seanad in the event of Enda Kenny being elected taoiseach. The new t(...)

Alan Farrell (38) was the junior on the Fine Gael ticket behind Dr James Reilly and was expected to struggle at the expense of the more high-profile M(...)

Former minister for Health James Reilly at the count centre in Cloghran. photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

A number of Government Ministers lost their seats in a bruising general election for Fine Gael and Labour. Deputy leader of Fine Gael James Reilly, (...)

Minister for Children Dr James Reilly has become the latest high -profile member of the outgoing administration to lose his seat. Dr Reilly was elim(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Heuston station: “They gathered up all the shiny things they gave the country over the last four years and made a big deal of handing them over again.” Photograph: The Irish Times

“Bing Bong! We are now approaching Heuston station. Will politicians at the rear of the platform please move forward to the microphones in order to al(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s €134,000 a year pension will increase by €2,000. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A group of Fine Gael TDs have raised concerns about increases in ministerial pensions which will be given to former office holders such as ex -taois(...)

“I couldn’t help thinking there had to be a better way of providing this training,” says Alan Farrell, Quickstep Consulting

With more than 20 years experience in the funds management industry, accountant Alan Farrell set up Quickstep Consulting in 2005 to provide bespoke t(...)

Joan Burton TD, MEP candidate Lorraine Higgins,  Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Emer Costello MEP and Phil Prendergast MEP at the launch of the Labour European and local election manifestos at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ireland South MEP Phil Prendergast has said she stands by her calls for Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore to resign as Labour leader, but says she will not work (...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen: subject of interview on TG4 to be broadcast next week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

  Former Fianna Fáil leader Brian Cowen has indicated for the first time that he did not necessarily want to become taoiseach. Mr C(...)

Fine Gael TD  Olivia Mitchell: “I would most certain
ly urge caution until we have a clear and coherent overall vision of where we are going.”    Photograph: Eric Luke

A Government backbencher has expressed reservations about the abolition of the Seanad during a debate on legislation to allow for a referendum.Olivia (...)