Dick Spring

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Former Attorney General John Rodgers said today that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be required to formally resign  if he fails to win majority support in the Dáil this week. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

One of Ireland’s leading constitutional lawyers has said Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be required to formally resign as Taoiseach if he fails to win maj(...)

Pushing on: “Head down, slightly sidewards and gone like a hare. That was the ultimate Ultan.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Ultan Dillane turned 18 in November 2011, he begged his coaches at Tralee RFC for a game with their first team. The squad travelled to Waterford (...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and fellow Co Louth candidate Imelda Munster celebrate in Dundalk. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sinn Féin had a good election, not a spectacular one, and as always, the party’s support in opinion polls was somewhat overstated. Past electoral di(...)

Progressive Democrats leader Dessie O’Malley and Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey: the circumstances were much more toxic in 1989, when the likely government-making option settled on the Fianna Fáil-PD negotiations.

The racing certainty now is a hung Dáil and, flowing from that, the emergence of a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil coalition as the most stable and ideologicall(...)

Joan Burton during a visit to Shellybanks Educate Together National School in Ballsbridge, Dublin, while on the campaign trail. Photograph: PA

A government made up of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael would be “very conservative” and would not implement social change, such as changes to Ireland’s abo(...)

People power North and South: Mary Lou McDonald, Martin McGuinness, Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Whatever Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Labour and some of the southern commentariat might say, there is a fairly broad consensus in Northern Ireland, based (...)

The Whitaker consensus: For my entire lifetime, the three pillars of that consensus have shaped Irish government.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When it comes to Irish elections, the bloody obvious is usually wrong. The most obvious thing about this election is that, on February 26th, the Irish(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, right, says the market musy be fairly managed. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Developers should not expect “massive profits” from housing anymore, and some need to lower their expectations, Minister for the Environment Alan Kell(...)

 Garret FitzGerald with Nuala Fennell, who was the minister of state for women’s affairs. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald had agreed to host a State reception for charitable organisation Soroptimist International, but when he could no longer do(...)

The tánaiste in 1985, Dick Spring: “Let us be very clear – we will co-operate but we will not accept inferences that we are not doing enough.” Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

Then tánaiste Dick Spring insisted Ireland would not accept the State was not doing enough to ensure security around the Border during a meeting with(...)

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