John Paul Phelan

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Former minister for education Joe McHugh has turned down the offer of a junior ministry. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA Wire

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have sought to rectify the regional imbalance of their ministerial appointments with a series of new junior m(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan turned down a junior ministry and his statement is seen as an indication he intends to cultivate the party grassroots ahead of a potential future leadership bid. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The junior ministerial appointments were the last chance Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and, to a lesser extent, Eamon Ryan, had to calm the anger among(...)

New Fine Gael TD Jennifer Carroll MacNeill could be in line for a quick promotion. She has worked in different government departments as an adviser, is close to Leo Varadkar and is a strong media performer. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Groups of TDs gathered around Leinster House and the National Convention Centre for nervous conversations about their prospects, conscious that they a(...)

 Jim Kenny: ‘He was a community hero involved in everything. It is just tragic for him and the family.’

People gathered on the streets in Kilkenny’s oldest neighbourhoods on Thursday to pay a silent tribute as a hearse carrying the remains of Catherine H(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaves the GPO in Dublin’s city centre following the annual 1916 Easter commemoration on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The potential cost of the promises made by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in their coalition framework document has caused concern in both of their parliam(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Phibblestown Community Centre in Dublin with Emer Currie  and Ted Leddy. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Finishing third in first preference vote share and in Dáil seats should not be cause for celebration, but Fine Gaelers see the outcome of the weekend’(...)

Sinn Féin  president Mary Lou McDonald addressing the media in Dublin as new Waterford TD David Cullinane looks on. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin will seek to discuss the formation of a coalition government with the Green Party, the Social Democrats, Labour, Solidarity-People Before Pr(...)

John Paul Phelan most recently hit the headlines when he described some members of the Green Party as ‘nutters’. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Farmer, TD and Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform John Paul Phelan most recently hit the headlines when he described some mem(...)

Green Party’s Malcolm Noonan was the final TD elected in the  Carlow-Kilkenny constituency

The Green Party claimed their first seat in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency since 2011 on the final count in the Lyrath Hotel. The results saw Fine (...)

Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness topped the poll in 2016. His public profile as well as a strong electoral base makes him the leader in the field once more. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Carlow-Kilkenny (five seats) Current: 2 FG, 2 FF, 1 SF At the last general election in 2016, Fianna Fáil came close to winning three seats out of fi(...)

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