Alan Farrell

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 Dr Ronan Glynn, right, gave  Nphet members a  dressing down this week over the amount of times ‘Nphet sources’ are quoted in the media. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Spare a thought for the poor members of Nphet, many plucked from the groves of Academe or harvested from the higher echelons of the HSE and Civil Serv(...)

 Chairman of Fine Gael parliamentary party Richard Bruton: "I think people did perceive the party as not being ‘on your side’ and that is one of the most difficult challenges if a party comes to be perceived as being sort of detached."  Photograph: Laura Hutton

Fine Gael was seen as detached and not on the side of the public in this year’s general election, according to the blunt finding of an internal party (...)

Leo  Varadkar may give junior portfolios to some who will lose their Cabinet position. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens will appoint 20 ministers of state, known as junior ministers, if the coalition deal is ratified by their partie(...)

 Alan Farrell. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Alan Farrell (43) from Malahide in north Co Dublin has been re-elected as Fine Gael TD for Fingal for the third time. Farrell owned and operated his (...)

The results of phantom polls can travel along the constituency bush telegraph, suggesting that one candidate or another is in trouble. Photograph: Frank Miller

If the final days of an election campaign are when swing voters traditionally make up their minds, then they are also often the days when discipline b(...)

Darragh O’Brien should easily hold his seat and is likely to top the poll again as he did in the 2016 general election. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin Fingal (five seats) Current: 1 FG, 1 FF, 1 Lab, 1 SF, 1 GP Voters in Dublin Fingal only went to the polls on November 29th, 2019, in the byel(...)

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar canvasses with Wexford byelection candidate Verona Murphy in Wexford town. Photograph: Fiach Kelly

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is glad the controversial former Fine Gael candidate Verona Murphy did not win last month’s Wexford byelection. M(...)

Dara Murphy registered his presence in Leinster House on 42 of the 104 sitting days in 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Interesting figure from the Dara Murphy fob-a-job abomination – while the bulk of his appearances in Leinster House occurred when the Dáil wasn’t in s(...)

Soaking up the atmosphere: Mick Wallace in Brussels

Honest to God, isn’t it always the way? The one time you really need the Government jet for a very important engagement, the flippin’ thing starts ac(...)

 Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey  was asked to refund  €1,977.11 following the audit. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

TDs and senators had to refund almost €10,000 in expenses this year after an audit found they could not provide supporting evidence to justify claimin(...)

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