Simon Coveney: said work had begun on a manifesto last summer and would only have to be updated if an election was called in the morning, although it is not due until spring 2016. Photograph:  Collins

Fine Gael already has a campaign plan for the next general election in place, and its manifesto must be finalised before the summer, a special meeting(...)

Frank Flannery has no official role in election planning, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and a Fine Gael minister have strongly indicated former party strategist Frank Flannery will not be given a senior election plann(...)

There are no plans to recruit new members to Fine Gael’s general election strategy team, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said.His comments came a(...)

Former Rehab director and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery has this morning said Fine Gael is ‘possibly’ considering asking him to return to advise the party as a strategist

Former Rehab director and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery has this morning said Fine Gael is “possibly” considering asking him to return to advise(...)

File photograph: Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery (right) with Enda Kenny,  Phil Hogan and Richard Bruton. Minister for Children James Reilly has said he would welcome Mr Flannery back to the party.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Minister for Children James Reilly has said he “absolutely would welcome” former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery back into the party. Dr Reilly sa(...)

Frank Flannery was spotted in the company of Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the days after the Christmas period. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Rehab director and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery could be set for a surprise return to the party as it gears up for the general election.(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny with the party’s then director of elections Frank Flannery, in 2008. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said former party strategist Frank Flannery is still a friend of his, despite a bitter parting of the ways earlier this ye(...)

The Irish Hospitals’ Sweepstakes building in Ballsbridge in 1984: plans were being made for a State takeover of the company. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Garret FitzGerald initially backed the idea of nationalising the Irish Sweepstakes when he was taoiseach, despite its troubled financial history. A(...)

Power to the people: water-charge protesters on Merrion Square. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Anadolu/Getty

For the sake of civility we’ll call them national conversations. Others might dub them soul-searching, or bandwagoning or shouting matches. Anyway, 20(...)

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)