Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Charlie Flanagan, Frances Fitzgerald and James Reilly:  Fine Gael  employs 35 staff between its  headquarters and as part of its regional structure. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael has told its headquarters staff it is starting a programme of redundancies in anticipation of a huge drop in State funding after the genera(...)

 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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Needless mistakes, like his disastrous “whingers” comment in the final weekend of the campaign, should not have been made. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Ireland of today is not the Ireland of 1997, nor 2007, and it is certainly not Britain or, more precisely, England in 2015. Yet, collectively, th(...)

This is heart attack territory for broadcasters. Hours of reporting on nothing much. Hours of it.   Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Count day. Early morning. TV3’s Alan Cantwell: “We’re going to the Taoiseach’s constituency now... Morning Fergal. Any of the party hacks able to tell(...)

FG’s Richard Bruton and Simon Coveney join candidate Kate O’Connell with their latest poster. photograph: barry cronin

Local Fine Gael organisers have been told to emphasise the strength of their ministerial team in the run-up to polling day as the party attempts to p(...)

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(...)

Fine Gael TD John Perry  canvassing in Sligo. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Scuttling around Sligo town in his pinstripes and polished brown shoes and speaking in his distinctive voice that sounds like an agitated bee captured(...)

Fine Gael general secretary Tom Curran. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has full confidence in Fine Gael general secretary Tom Curran following the addition of John Perry to an election ticket, Mr Kenn(...)

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 (...)