Ed Brophy

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Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe delivered a budget that prompted “little cribbing and moaning . . . more a general air of acceptance.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Once the dust settled after Tuesday’s solemn budget, what was most remarkable was, in fact, just how quickly that dust settled. There was little crib(...)

Former minister of state for European affairs Lucinda Creighton said Brexit had begun to dominate her consultancy work. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ed Brophy, who served as chief of staff to Joan Burton when she was Tánaiste in the last government, didn’t have much time to get his feet under the t(...)

Key voice: Ailbhe Smith,  of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the final weeks of the marriage equality referendum campaign in May 2015, some seasoned political observers began to question whether the opinion p(...)

Labour leader Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It was January. Outside it was winter, but inside the Mullingar hotel the mood was so sunny you had to wear sunglasses. Reading back on reports of th(...)

Independent Alliance’s Finian McGrath and Shane Ross: Michael Noonan and Enda Kenny didn’t trust them enough to share all the information they were getting out of Brussels. Photo: RollingNews.ie

Unless there is a radical resetting of relations between the two sides of the Government, there seems to be little future for the Government. A compl(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “If the election is less than a year away,” said a Fine Gael TD, “He’s a lame duck and has to go.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

To describe what’s happening in Ireland as “new politics” is like describing a 1980s Lada as the future of the automobile industry. What a con that p(...)

‘As a party that is both willing and able to govern, Labour is a rare beast in the Irish political firmament.’ Above, former tánaiste, Joan Burton,  surrounded by party colleagues on her way to a press conference  where she announced she would be stepping down as Labour party leader. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

As the Labour Party faces the future in Opposition, the challenge facing its new leader is immense. A weak and incoherent Government is confronted b(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash speaking following the forum on the living wage at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The judgment of previous coalition governments in timing general elections has been poor. Twice in recent political history, coalitions involving F(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton  after their first joint press conference yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Less than an hour after Joan Burton became Labour Party leader last Friday week, negotiations on the future shape of Government kicked into action.Wi(...)