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Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has indicated that public sector workers could have their pay levels restored quicker than had been initially envisaged. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael must be careful that future public sector pay increases are affordable and do not compromise the potential for tax cuts and improved servic(...)

Minister for Social Protection  Leo Varadkar takes Leaders’ Questions:  one TD said, “Leo knocked the Opposition out of the park. That is what we need. This will only serve to speed the leadership contest up”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has given three Fine Gael TDs new positions in what is seen as a bid to cling on to power. Mr Kenny has appointed Sligo-Leitri(...)

 Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Mr Varadkar is among the candidates to replace Taoiseach Enda Kenny when he steps down as Fine Gael leader. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A group of Fine Gael TDs has accused Fianna Fáil of using the budget to attack Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar and undermine him as a pot(...)

John Perry  took the case against Fine Gael over a selection convention. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Legal advisers for Fine Gael are examining allegations by former TD John Perry about alleged interference with a witness in a case taken against the (...)

John Perry: witness was involved in a High Court case taken by the former Fine Gael TD against Fine Gael. Mr Perry won a court case against the party and its handling of a selection convention in the constituency when he failed to win a nomination. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A witness alleged to have been put under pressure not to give evidence in a case taken against Fine Gael is expected to make a public statement in th(...)

Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell:  said the Taoiseach had made it clear he would not lead the party into the next general election. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There are mixed views among Fine Gael TDs on Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s leadership of the party, with some saying the issue must be addressed sooner rathe(...)

Console is also the subject of an audit by the Department of Foreign Affairs, which has funded its UK operation, and may also face an investigation by the UK Charity Commission. Photograph: Getty Images

Financial management at the suicide prevention charity Console should be investigated by the Public Accounts Committee, a Fine Gael TD has said. Alan (...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and  the new junior Ministers at Government Buildings in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Junior Ministers. They are hatched in special pods in the basement of Government Buildings and come out fully formed and on-message when the election (...)

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(...)

New chief whip Regina Doherty speaking at the launch of Fine Gael’s Oireachtas Reform Programme at the Dáil last March, with party members Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Eoghan Murphy  and David Stanton. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

At least 10 of the ministers of State to be named in coming days will not have held office before. The Cabinet is expected to approve the full comp(...)

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