Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton on the steps of Government Buildings today with new Ministers of State (back row, from left): Joe McHugh, Simon Harris, Kevin Humphries, Aodhán O’Riordán, Ged Nash, Dara Murphy, Ann Phelin, Tom Hayes, and (front row from left) Paul Kehoe, Damien English, Kathleen Lynch, Sean Sherlock, Paudie Coffey and Michael Ring. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:59

Wicklow Fine Gael TD Simon Harris has been appointed Minister of State in the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Refor(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny addresses the media at the launch of Fine Gael’s European election campaign at the College of Physicians in Dublin yesterday with Fine Gael’s MEP candidates (from left):  Brian Hayes, Deirdre Clune, Jim Higgins, Mairead McGuinness, Simon Harris and Seán Kelly. Photograph: David Sleator

Contrary to polls that point to a double-dose of pressure on both Minister of State Brian Hayes and MEP Seán Kelly, Fine Gael strategists insis(...)

Eddie Downey said the negotiations during the most recent Cap reform showed a dangerous drift away from the sustainable production of food for consumers. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Concerns about farm incomes, EU trade deals and the economic recovery of rural areas are among the issues raised in the Irish Farmers’ Associat(...)

Wicklow TD Simon Harris: to contest the European elections for Fine Gael. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael’s Wicklow TD Simon Harris will be Fine Gael’s third candidate for the Ireland South constituency in the European elections. Mr(...)

Fine Gael’s John Deasy. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fine Gael’s European elections strategy has been dealt another blow as a prominent TD seen as a potential MEP candidate by party strategists ha(...)

Senator Deirdre Clune is planning to run in Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fine Gael is coming under growing pressure from within its own internal organisation to only run two candidates in the Ireland South constituen(...)

Former  Irish Farmers’ Association president John Bryan has decided against contesting the European elections. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael is leaving the door open to former Irish Farmers’ Association president John Bryan running for the party in future, even though he has decid(...)

The party leadership and its strategists have been licking their wounds since former IFA president John Bryan pulled back from standing for Fine Gael at the weekend

One thing now looks increasingly certain: the Government is facing at least one, if not more, tricky post-Budget by-elections later this year.Along wi(...)

 John Bryan: Fine Gael was hoping to run Mr Bryan, a Kilkenny farmer, along with sitting MEP Seán Kelly from Kerry and Senator Deirdre Clune from Cork. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

STEPHEN COLLINS and FIACH KELLYFormer farmers’ leader John Bryan has decided not to run as a Fine Gael candidate in the European elections, while anot(...)

Former IFA president John Bryan is thought to be keen to split the Ireland South constituency with sitting MEP Seán Kelly if he runs for Fine Gael. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Tense battles are looming between potential candidates in Fine Gael and Labour for their respective European election tickets in the enlarged South co(...)