Minister for State at the Department of the Environment, Paudie Coffey has welcomed the decision by his driver, former Fine Gael Cllr Hilary Quinlan, to resign from the board of Irish Water.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister for State at the Department of the Environment, Paudie Coffey has welcomed the decision by his driver, former Fine Gael Cllr Hilary Quinlan, (...)

Heather Humphreys at an event in Dublin’s Science Gallery this morning: Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said she is “not at liberty to say” who approached her about putting John McNulty on the board of the Irish(...)

Ireland’s European Parliament Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan at EU hearing today. Screengrab

Ireland’s European Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan confirmed this morning he had made representations on behalf of his constituents for jobs(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  urged TDs and Senators to focus on the economy and to “move on” from recent events .   Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has moved to defuse the controversy within Fine Gael over Mr McNulty and the Seanad byelection by urging TDs and S(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: sorry if he had confused the Opposition on the issue. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said no instruction had been given to Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys about appointing John McNulty to the board of the I(...)

Leo Varadkar has been the best at using the public appointments system. Photograph: Collins

Last year the Department of Arts and Heritage placed public advertisements inviting responses from people who thought themselves suitable to be member(...)

Enda Kenny’s feet of clay

The Reynolds Rule says it all. It’s the little things in politics that trip you up. In the scale of “strokes” or political fast ones, the McNulty affa(...)

John McNulty: his  name remains on the ballot paper for the Seanad byelection

A growing number of Fine Gael and Labour TDs and Senators say they will vote for John McNulty, the original Fine Gael candidate in the the Seanad byel(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry: said the Taoiseach “has a responsibility to this House, as a democratic institution of the State, and we are entitled to answers’’

A Fianna Fáil demand that Taoiseach Enda Kenny answer questions in the Seanad on the byelection controversy was rejected in a House vote yesterday.F(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan told Fine Gael TDs at  this evening’s lengthy parliamentary party meeting to focus on “the new Ireland” and to put recent controversies behind them.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has told Fine Gael TDs and senators at a lengthy parliamentary party meeting to focus on “the new Ireland” and to (...)