Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.  “Michael paid a huge price for coming out against Enda back in 2010,” said Cllr Gerard Murphy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Macroom is the town that swears it never reared a fool, but for Michael Creed, the Fine Gael leadership race has posed challenges that would test even(...)

Fine Gael leadership candidates Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney debate  at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has said the Fine Gael leadership race should not descend into a popularity contest. The latest Irish Times/Ipsos (...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar  and Minister for Housing Simon Coveney will make a 10-minute address on Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has insisted he is not fearful of people deflecting from his campaign to Minister for Housing Simon Covene(...)

Enda Kenny: one Minister said there was a real prospect that the Taoiseach would not stand down as leader until the summer recess. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/PA

Senior Fine Gael figures fear Taoiseach Enda Kenny may not stand aside as leader this week. Mr Kenny has confirmed that he will address the issue of (...)

Portraits of Martin Luther and his wife Katharina von Bora at  The Luther Effect: 500 Years of Protestantism in the World exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty

This year’s 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation offers “a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the lasting impact the movement had in sha(...)

Bronwen O’ Reilly,  Glasnevin and Trinity student Niamh Herbert,  Kildare during a Dáil protest demanding ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

It is difficult to understand why our Government has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), some 10 years afte(...)

‘I am certainly not going to support anybody who suggests that we should be forcing the issue,’ Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said.   Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has said a motion of no confidence in Taoiseach Enda Kenny would fail if it were put before the party. “I really h(...)

Mairead McGuinness: The Irish MEP lost her bid to become a candidate for president of the  European Parliament, with 57 votes to winner Antonio Tajani’s 94. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The nomination of an Italian MEP as the European People’s Party (EPP) candidate for president of the European Parliament has dashed Irish hopes of hav(...)

IItalian Socialist MEP Gianni Pittella and European Commission presidentJean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The head of the Socialist group in the European Parliament, Gianni Pittella, formally entered the race to become the next European Parliament presiden(...)

As one of 12 vice-presidents of the 751-member parliament,Mairead McGuinness has built up a high profile and is well regarded within the EPP group. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish MEP Mairead McGuinness confirmed her intention to run for European Parliament president on Thursday after current president Martin Schulz announ(...)

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