Frank Flannery

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Frank Flannery. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Senior Fine Gael advisers warned Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in a memo just months after the party took power, that it needed to “maintain a strong identit(...)

Irish Times columnist Noel Whelan and Frank Flannery   at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties.  Flanery warned that Fine Gael Ministers Ministers tend to be  captured by the civil service and become more and more detached from the public the longer they remain in office.  (North West Newspix)

The message emanating from the last Cabinet meeting before the summer break on Wednesday was clear: as far as the Coalition is concerned the era of(...)

Political self-analysis

The MacGill Summer School is in full swing with politicians, lobbyists and critics gathering to identify necessary reforms; settle personal scores and(...)

PAC chairman John McGuinness said it was ‘not uncommon for officials and the chairman to meet with witnesses and for the chairman to explain the context and the procedures’. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has reiterated his view that there was nothing unusual about his meeting with former Rehab chief executi(...)

Frank is on track to become Fine Gael’s version of Bertie Ahern. Photograph: North West Newspix

If there is such a thing as a bottomless navel, the MacGill Summer School has found it. Some 34 years gazing into it now. And always more fluff to min(...)

Frank Flannery tells the summer school  it is “increasingly” the destiny of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to come together. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Former Fine Gael strategist and Rehab chief executive Frank Flannery has sharply criticised the party’s local election campaign as “one of the worst”(...)

File photograph of former Rehab chief Angela Kerins who has filed a High Court action for compensation arising from a PAC investigation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Public Accounts Committee plans a “robust” response to former Rehab chief Angela Kerins after she filed a High Court action for compensation ar(...)

Former Fine Gael strategist and Rehab chief executive Frank Flannery has sharply criticised the party’s local election campaign as “one of the worst” he has ever seen.  File Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former Fine Gael strategist and Rehab chief executive Frank Flannery has sharply criticised the party’s local election campaign as “one of the worst” (...)

Dr Maurice Hayes called for “the transfer of substantial powers and responsibilities to a reinvigorated local government”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s political difficulties are compounded by a “lack of engagement” by the electorate and especially by the young, the MacGill Summer School ha(...)

 Frank Flannery: “I might talk to Phil Hogan about Galway and Kilkenny in a Leinster final and on a friendly basis with people in the party. Am I talking to people about Fine Gael policy? No.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former Rehab chief executive and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery has said a meaningful apology from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for the (...)

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