Fine Gael Ministers have made it abundantly clear that they will not tolerate a deal that leaves Enda Kenny in power simply to have Fianna Fáil pull the plug at the most politically opportune time. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It can’t be an anti-climax if nobody expected matters to reach a conclusion. The events in Leinster House yesterday played out more or less exactly a(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at Government Buildings for a reported Fine Gael meeting yesterday. Photograph: Sam boal/Rollingnews.ie

The campaign was going badly wrong but the key message was not up for discussion. After all, the focus groups continued to like it. So began a confe(...)

Fine Gael Mark Kennelly: Kenny’s chief of staff in Government. He is the Taoiseach’s voice in many meetings, largely spending the campaign on the ro(...)

British prime minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: three of Kenny’s associates visited the Tories in London in July for a briefing. Photograph: Getty Images

On May 8th last, as the Conservatives celebrated a surprise general election victory, Fine Gael TDs still in Leinster House on a Friday morning took h(...)

FG leader Enda Kenny’s  party has taken three lessons from the UK general election: discipline in the message; setting and dominating the agenda; and importance of social media. Photograph: The Irish Times

A group of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s most senior advisers held a confidential meeting with senior British Conservative Party figures to study techniques (...)

Enda Kenny: underestimated throughout his career. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

‘He’s like an embarrassing uncle at a wedding,” groans a younger political operative who has had frequent dealings with Enda Kenny recently. “E(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and his wife Fionnuala voting in the Local and European election’s at the polling station in St. Anthony’s national school, Castlebar, Co Mayo last year. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

There is one man who will ultimately decide the date of the general election. His confidant on that momentous call is a football. In his usual homesp(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton  after their first joint press conference yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Less than an hour after Joan Burton became Labour Party leader last Friday week, negotiations on the future shape of Government kicked into action.Wi(...)

President Michael D Higgins: accompanies by group of key officials and dignatories. Photograph: Alan Betson

At least eight key Government advisors and senior civil servants attended last week’s royal banquet at Windsor Castle for the (...)