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John Halligan TD at Leinster House: A number of   Independent TDs said they had been approached by members of the Independent Alliance recently with a view to joining the Government should Mr Halligan leave. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael is unwilling to grant Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan any major concessions on his local hospital over and above wh(...)

An Olympics fan shows off their tickets  at the Rio Olympic Arena at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Minister for Sport Shane Ross is coming under increasing political pressure to establish an independent inquiry into the Olympics tickets controversy.(...)

Minister of State for Sports Patrick O’Donovan: “It is appropriate that the inquiries in Brazil are allowed to conclude before anything else.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister of State for Sports Patrick O’Donovan has supported calls for the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) to appear before an Oireachtas committee. (...)

Former minister for health Dr James Reilly. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

“I remind Senator Reilly that what happens in the bar remains in the bar.” Words guaranteed to grab attention on a slow day around Leinster House. W(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: ‘The national need comes first and we are clear that we don’t need further instability now in terms of the Government preparing itself for the negotiations on Brexit.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Wednesday morning and Leinster House prepares for the set piece ritual of Leaders’ Questions, when the Taoiseach is pressed by the leaders of the Oppo(...)

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(...)

More than two years after local area hackney licences were introduced to help tackle rural isolation, just 14 such licences remain active in the State.

More than two years after local area hackney licences were introduced to help tackle rural isolation, just 14 such licences remain active in the State(...)

James Reilly: criticised at the Fine Gael meeting. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Like so many political mutinies in the past, the move against Enda Kenny’s leadership ended with a bit of a whimper last night. It had more or less (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, addressing a news conference in Berlin yesterday, is well aware that time is against him. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

If you are wondering what that noise is, I can confirm it is a ticking time bomb. It may have been defused for the time being, but it will no doubt ex(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Berlin on Tuesday. After some poor judgment calls last week, murmurings of discontent about  Kenny’s leadership became uncomfortably loud. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP

The Taoiseach travelled light to Berlin. He left the knuckledusters and thumbscrews behind with his enforcers, just in case they might need them again(...)

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