Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)

A Fine Gael strategy document says “Gilmore is weak and may lose his seat, which would serve FG”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael has outlined the strengths and weaknesses of its own TDs – as well as their opponents – in internal strategy documents prepared for the gene(...)

The Fine Gael Kerry branch sized up Independent Michael Healy-Rae (above) as someone who hides behind “the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel” but who is “unbeatable electorally”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times Dara Mac Donaill

Fine Gael has outlined the strengths and weaknesses of its own TDs – as well as their opponents – in internal strategy documents prepared for the gene(...)

Mark Garrett, a former adviser to former Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.

Glanbia Plc has appointed Mark Garrett, former chief of staff in the Tánaiste’s office, as its director of communications and public affairs. Mr Garre(...)

 Joan Burton:  The content of her speech was good. The emphasis was on Labour’s role in the recovery, with its implied staying hand on  Fine Gael. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

Ireland awoke to reassuring news from Killarney yesterday morning: Labour is keeping an eye on The National Carrier.Their Skibbereen Eagle moment.The (...)

Tánaiste Joan Bruton speaking  at the Labour Party conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

If Labour has decided now is the time to fight back against its critics, then perhaps a message from the grassroots has filtered to the top. The confe(...)

 Tanaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton addresses her party’s  conference at Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Labour Party will speed up the process of getting the benefits of the recovery to every family in the country during its final year in office, acc(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton said on Wednesday her party will contest the next general election as an independent party.

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said Labour will contest the election as an independent party but indicated “achievements” the Government parties had worked (...)

Don Keough was among the first recipients of an Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award honouring members of the Irish diaspora

Irish-American businessman Don Keough, a champion of Ireland who promoted Irish studies in the US and encouraged American corporate investment into Ir(...)

W hat is it about back lanes that brings out a school kid urge to go on the lam? It seems like restaurants down laneways lend themselves to a bit o(...)