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 Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar are two of the leading candidates to replace Enda Kenny as Fine Gael leader. Photograph: Collins

Recent weeks have seen anxious Fine Gael backbenchers approach some of the party’s leadership contenders, and those around them, and question whether(...)

Fine Gael TD  Kate O’Connell said many of her colleagues in Fine Gael were “allergic” to the issue of the 8th amendment and did not want to engage. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Fine Gael TD has strongly criticised Taoiseach Enda Kenny for increasing the number of Ministers of State, saying she was “deeply suspicious” of why(...)

By appointing 18 junior ministers, Enda Kenny has stretched the toleration point to its limits, and possibly beyond. All the more so because 15 of the Ministers of State are from his own party, Fine Gael. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As Taoiseach Enda Kenny reeled off the list of new Ministers of State in the Dáil on Thursday evening, it wasn’t the individual names that commanded m(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: there are mixed views about what he should do with outspoken Carlow-Kilkenny TD John McGuinness. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is expected to promote a number of women TDs to his front bench to counter one of his party’s weaknesses in the last(...)

  Pat Deering: “It’ll be perceived, rightly or wrongly, as power at all costs and the re-election of Enda at all costs.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Suspending water charges could be seen as Fine Gael and Enda Kenny seeking to hold on to power “at all costs”, a party backbencher said last night. (...)

Emmet Stagg: The former Kildare North Labour deputy  said entering a government arrangement would be disastrous for Labour and the idea should be opposed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There is large-scale opposition among Labour’s elected representatives to involvement in a Fine Gael-led minority government. A clear majority of th(...)

Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle and Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan will both run for the position of Ceann Comhairle.

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan and Fine Gael TDs Andrew Doyle and Bernard Durkan are to run for the position of Ceann Comhairle. Ms O’Sullivan is (...)

 Fianna Fáil TD Seán O’Fearghail. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Seán O’Fearghail is the party’s candidate for the position of Ceann Comhairle. Mr O’Fearghail was chosen at a parliamentary party mee(...)

Sinn Féin will make gains but they may also lose out where they were expected to win.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Elections should be looked at through the prism of Star Wars series. You always know that no matter how dramatic one episode ends, there’s another one(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Seán Fleming topped the poll in Laois with one of the country’s largest quotas while re-elected Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan described (...)

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