Harry Mcgee

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A lack of ideas on the Government benches is partially to blame for this uninspiring record, says Harry McGee on this week’s Inside Politics podcast. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

A grand total of 14 bills have been enacted since January 1st. More pieces of mainly technical legislation are being rushed through as the end of th(...)

Kieran Conway, above, believes Michael Hayes had given the apology in the hope that it would help the relatives of those killed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former IRA member Kieran Conway says he believes the apology offered by Michael Hayes to the relatives of the Birmingham bombing is a “courageous” mov(...)

A spokesman for Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran said he had decided to withdraw the Bill, prepare a memo for Government outlining its principles and have the Bill reintroduced as a Government Bill later this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Bill aimed at imposing tougher sentences on repeat sexual offenders has had to be withdrawn because the backbench TD who brought it has since been p(...)

Regina Doherty made a complaint about Catherine Kelly over online and social media comments.

A New York-based blogger who was stopped and cautioned by gardaí at Dublin Airport about social media posts she made about Minister for Employment Reg(...)

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, is welcomed by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Farmleigh House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

On this week’s Inside Politics podcast, Harry McGee and Pat Leahy talk about the substantive issues addressed by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Canadia(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster

The DUP leader Arlene Foster is expected to meet with the incoming taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin later this week, with officials making preparation(...)

Labour movement: the Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger says Corbyn and Bernie Sanders succeeded because they toured towns and cities and addressed rallies. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

In the 1930s Éamon de Valera cruelly put down the prospects for a socialist government in Ireland by saying, “Labour must wait.” It has been a long w(...)

Fine Gael leadership candidates Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney greet each other at the start of the first of four nights on the hustings. Photograph: Alan Betson

Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar mounted personalised and direct criticisms of each other in last night’s tense final hustings of the Fine Gael leadersh(...)

Simon Coveney supporter leaves an event at the Hotel Kilmore in Cavan on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

The morning mist is beginning to rise from the Glen of the Downs, a lush, oak-filled valley in Wicklow, as Simon Coveney and Simon Harris ready to hos(...)

Happier times. Some small farmers in the party favour Varadkar because they believe Coveney represents big farmers more, while others feel Varadkar has been more willing to press their flesh during constituency visits

There will be no peasants’ revolt in Fine Gael. The party does not do revolts, but, beware Leo Varadkar, not all of the party’s members are willing to(...)

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