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.(...)

Frances Cahill, a Galway businesswoman, wrote to Taoiseach Enda Kenny (above) and Fine Gael general secretary Tom Curran in August 2012 to inform them she was resigning from the party’s women’s group and national executive over the treatment of women in the party. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The former chairperson of a women’s group in Fine Gael – which has been put “on hold” – accused the party of hypocrisy on gender equality when she (...)

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(...)

The new headstone on the plot at Glasnevin Cemetery for people who donated their bodies to medical science.

The medical schools at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI), University College Dublin (UCD) have agreed to neutralise w(...)

File photograph of Sean Dunne, right, with his attorney in New Haven, Connecticut. Photograph: Irish Times photo/ Steve Miller

An American judge has rejected a request by bankrupt property developer Seán Dunne to question chief executive of the National Asset Management Agency(...)

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(...)

Shane Ross: he’s quite good at getting back to people when he wants to. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shane Ross says he doesn’t own a mobile phone. Nobody believes him. But the Independent deputy for Dublin South swears it’s true. So it mus(...)

The contest for seats has been tight for many of the candidates across the state as eight recounts got underway today.   Photograph: Dave Meehan

The strongly contested last seats available in the local area elections have been filled today, with the exception of two postponed wards. Following (...)

Sadness, and joy too, as Laura Horgan, from Cahersiveen, stops off at the local polling station with her father Hugh, daughter Katie and bridesmaids Amy Horgan, Liz Maguire and Aoife Horgan to vote on her way to her wedding. Photograph: Alan Landers

A solid turnout of close to 58 per cent in the local and European elections is being predicted by the political parties. Both Fine Gael and Fia(...)

 Emer Costello: focusing on northside and south inner-city pockets. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Labour has launched a last-ditch effort to hold its European Parliament seat in Dublin by focusing its efforts on the north side of the city and attac(...)