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.(...)

Labour Ministers have said a surge in poll ratings for Independents represents an “undecided vote” in a political landscape that will change ahead of the next General Election. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Labour Ministers have said a surge in poll ratings for Independents represents an “undecided vote” in a political landscape they say will change signi(...)

It can be argued voters never fully bought into Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.

Nobody in the Government parties is pretending to be happy with the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll, and those on the Independent benches can hardl(...)

Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery says an urgent effort must be made to save Fine Gael’s public perception ahead of an election in 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Fine Gael-Labour coalition has until the end of March to salvage its hopes for re-election to Government, according to former Fine Gael strategist(...)

Frank Flannery (left) with Bill O’Herlihy in a screen grab taken from their YouTube video

Former Fine Gael strategist and ex-Rehab chief executive Frank Flannery is to launch a new online politics show with his friend, sports broadcaster Bi(...)

Much has been made over the past fortnight of the absence of Phil Hogan and Frank Flannery (right) from the side of the Taoiseach as Fine Gael blundered its way into the biggest crisis of Enda Kenny’s leadership. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Much has been made over the past fortnight of the absence of Phil Hogan and Frank Flannery from the side of the Taoiseach as Fine Gael blundered its w(...)

Enda Kenny: two of his key election strategists have left his side in recent months. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has begun the preparations for Fine Gael’s general election campaign by choosing Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald as th(...)

Phil Hogan is, physically, what a sports coach would describe as a ‘big unit’. He stands nearly six and half feet tall and this has contributed to the(...)

 Angela Kerins, former  chief executive of Rehab:    She and Frank Flannery threatened legal action to prevent details of their remuneration being discussed at the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Rehab Group has appointed a new board in a move aimed at improving oversight and rebuilding its battered reputation following controversy over h(...)

Frank Flannery: While his description of the Fine Gael campaign as one of the worst he ever saw drew most attention, his critique of how the party operates in Government was of more long-term interest. Photograph: Eric Luke

There was a recent assumption among some in the Labour Party that, given the scale of its mauling in the local and European elections, it was the Coal(...)