Anthony Lawlor

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‘In my view there is not a proportionate relationship between the claims made and the constant hiking of insurance costs which are threatening livelihoods at this stage,’  Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan told the Seanad on Thursday. File photograph: James Forde

Insurance companies could reduce the cost of premiums and still make significant profits, the Seanad has been told. Minister for Justice Charlie Flan(...)

Fine Gael blasphemy referendum canvass at Tara Street Dart station, with YFG members (t-shirts), and (left to right) Sen Anthony Lawlor, Sen Colm Burke, Minister Charlie Flanagan, Sen Michelle Mulherin, and Cllr Barry Ward. Source: Jack Power/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, three Senators, and a few eager Young Fine Gael members turned up for a canvass outside Dublin’s Tara Street tr(...)

The Tánaiste took a swipe at Mary Lou McDonald (above) during Leaders’ Questions, calling out Sinn Féin for showing no interest after the last election when the country needed a government: “At least Fianna Fáil engaged.” File photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Like the rest of us, the Dáil is obsessed with the weather. Sure what else would TDs have been talking about after a weekend of high temperatures and(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald (centre) with Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly and Ian Marshall, a unionist farmer who has been elected to the  Seanad. Photograph: @MaryLouMcDonald/PA Wire

A newly-elected Senator backed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says he is willing to vote against the so-called “backstop” arrangement that would see Northe(...)

Anybody But McDowell?: Shane Ross seems not to want Michael McDowell (above) to chair the Taoiseach’s committee to oversee the implementation of the Manning report on Seanad reform. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

While Fine Gael is blue in the face trying to keep the Minister for Transport sweet, Winston Churchtown may yet be spoiling for another fight. The Ind(...)

Ian Marshall: was supported by most in Fine Gael, as well as Sinn Féin

Two Seanad byelection counts took place in Leinster House on Friday, with former Ulster Farmers’ Union president Ian Marshall and former Fine Gael TD (...)

Ian Marshall is “a certainty” to secure one of the seats, according to one Seanad source

Former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union and strong anti-Brexit campaigner Ian Marshall is expected to win a Seanad seat when two byelections are(...)

Averil Power concedes defeat in the Dublin Bay North count at general election 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has given his support to former Fianna Fáil, now Independent, Seantor Averil Power in the Seanad elections. Mr Varad(...)

Fine Gael’s Anthony Lawlor: says the 7,500 people who made submissions “have been led up the garden path for the past 18 months”.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has been accused of “procrastination” and “waffle” in the delay over the introduction of development regulat(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s €134,000 a year pension will increase by €2,000. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A group of Fine Gael TDs have raised concerns about increases in ministerial pensions which will be given to former office holders such as ex -taois(...)

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