James O Reilly

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Enda Kenny’s decision to reappoint Senator James Reilly as deputy leader of Fine Gael is one of a number of moves that undermined his position in recent weeks. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The transfer of power in Britain this week was so elegant in the end. After a fortnight of viciousness, back-stabbing, blood-letting and absurdity wit(...)

File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

This week the Dáil finally got a legislative programme. In the days after the general election there was much talk about the need for a programme for (...)

The former Dún Laoghaire TD Barry Andrews,  who now leads the team at the development aid charity Goal.

For many former deputies the real impact only kicks in several days after losing their seats. The numerous counts that are a feature of our electora(...)

From left: Independent TDs Boxer Moran Seán Canney, Shane Ross and Micheal Fitzmaurice pictured at government buildings. The suggestion that some of the Independents could be part of a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil dominated government is creative.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

After 40 days and 40 nights of “government formation for slow learners” we have finally got to the intensive stage of real engagement between the two (...)

James O’Reilly on the 2015 mHealth Grand Tour from Geneva to Brussels.

In October 2006, at the age of 17 and just a few weeks into my sixth year of secondary school, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In the weeks pri(...)

FineGael poster from the 2007 general election

Here is what fudge reads like. “This Government will introduce Universal Health Insurance with equal access to care for all. Under this system there w(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, who conducted the ceremony at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth at which nine men were ordained deacons. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nine men were ordained deacons, the penultimate step before ordination to the Catholic priesthood, in Maynooth on Sunday. The ceremony was conducted b(...)

A small crowd of regular punters were split between thinking the whole episode was bizarre and reflecting how incredible it was that the head of the Government could casually have a pint in a gay bar

“Wow! Enda Kenny in Pantibar. That’s a first for us.” A tweet from Pantibar’s manager Shane Harte caused disbelief on Tuesday night, but there he was,(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson caused surprise by a reshuffle of DUP Ministers in the Northern Executive. File Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

First Minister Peter Robinson caused surprise this evening by a reshuffle of DUP Ministers in the Northern Executive. The Minister of Health Ed(...)

Ireland’s Cian Kelleher had an outstanding game against New Zealand. Photograph:  David Rowland/Inpho/Photosport

New Zealand U-20 45 Ireland U-20 23: It was half a match too far for a battered and beleaguered Ireland team that once again demonstrated cameos of ri(...)

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