Frank Feighan

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‘We are a mature Republic, so we must seek a debate to discuss the economy and the fact that there are 2.2 billion people in the Commonwealth’ Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan said.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan has said Ireland should consider rejoining the Commonwealth. “We are a mature Republic, so we must seek a debate to d(...)

A vigil in  Glasgow for British Labour MP Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed to death on Thursday. It is not just in the UK that political campaigners need to take a step back and ask themselves if they are contributing to an erosion of respect for democratic political values that can lead to such dire consequences. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

The murder of the pro-EU MP Jo Cox just as the UK referendum entered its final week was a shocking reminder of how political passions can so easily be(...)

Frank Feighan’s political rehabilitation coincides with a contented personal life. Divorced for some time, his partner Elaine Mooney from Castlerea, a Sligo-based teacher, is four months pregnant.

A recent lunchtime telephone call from the Taoiseach to Frank Feighan brought good news which the former Roscommon Fine Gael TD saw as political vindi(...)

Pieta House founder Joan Freeman was one of three Taoiseach nominees to the Seanad chosen by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Three of the Taoiseach’s 11 Seanad nominees were selected by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. In an agreement reached by Mr Martin and Enda Kenny F(...)

Labour Senator Denis Landy has criticised the delay in appointing Senators and delaying the sitting of the Seanad. He said it was “disrespectful” to the public that the Seanad has not sat in over three months. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to announce his 11 appointments to the Seanad today. Mr Kenny will appoint a number of failed general election candi(...)

Former deputy editor of The Irish Times James “Jim” Downey  at his home in Monkstown, Co Dublin, in October 2009. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

James Downey had journalism and politics in his blood, but last Wednesday he decided he could wait no longer for a government to be formed, mourners a(...)

Defeated Labour TD Anne Ferris: “Losing your seat is a blow to your self-confidence. I have now joined the ranks of the unemployed and I am hoping something will turn up.’’ Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Defeated Labour Wicklow TD Anne Ferris felt a deep sadness when she recently closed her constituency office in Bray. “We were still getting telephone(...)

The election of Fianna Fáil’s Eugene Murphy is the only major surprise of the general election result in the Roscommon Galway constituency. From Scr(...)

Shane Curran, Fianna Fáil election candidate in the Roscommon-Galway constituency during his canvass at Ballinasloe Mart. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

There is a story in Shane Curran’s autobiography Cake in which he recalls the final moments of the Connacht minor final of 1989. Galway are beating R(...)

Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary Patricia King. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The vast bulk of members of the out-going Fine Gael parliamentary party have declined to back a charter drawn up by the trade union movement setting o(...)

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