Frank Flannery, former chief executive of Rehab. In an interview with the Sunday Independent, he asked:   “Why should I be publicly abused or brought in to be castigated?” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael backbenchers believe that former party strategist Frank Flannery should att(...)

Catherine Day says the commission will issue policy recommendations to the Government in June. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Catherine Day has been Europe’s top civil servant for almost nine years but she dismisses outright any suggestion that she may become a contend(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny with (from left) Phil Hogan, Richard Bruton and Frank Flannery, director of elections, at the launch of the party’s local election manifesto in Dublin back in May 2009. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Every year, long-established companies, institutions and so on disappear without trace. In many ways, we have been blinkered.(...)

People from the west of Ireland speak clearly. You’ll notice it with Pat Rabbitte, Maire Geoghegan Quinn, and of course, Enda Kenny. You can he(...)

After three years of office in a time of austerity, Enda Kenny is in remarkably good political shape as he faces this weekend’s Fine Gael Ardfh(...)

Prof John FitzGerald: said recovery in the construction industry would have a positive impact on people on the dole, especially those who don’t have an educational level above than the Leaving Certificate. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Young people will end up living with their parents until they are 35 unless the housing supply increases, Economic and Social (...)

Senator Ashraf Elshabrawi and Suliman Zubi, elected representatives from Egypt and Libya, attending the convention in Malahide over the weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former taoiseach John Bruton has called for Dáil reform at a meeting of the constitutional convention.He said that the ceann comhairle of the day shou(...)

David O’Sullivan: considered to  be one of the EU’s most senior civil servants

Irishman David O’Sullivan is set to be appointed the next EU ambassador to Washington. Mr O’Sullivan (60), the top official at the EU’s foreign(...)

 Brian Cowen: It could be that Mr Cowen is reluctant to sit for a portrait, given that he ended his period as taoiseach under a cloud after the State was forced to accept an international bailout. Photograph: David Sleator

The Department of the Taoiseach has yet to give the go-ahead for an official portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen almost three years after he r(...)

There are several accomplished portrait painters around today to tackle Brian Cowen. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s not surprising that most of the portraits of former taoisigh hanging in Leinster House do not scale the heights of artistic excellence. However, (...)

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