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Enda Kenny at the  All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit: sources close to him believe he will stand down. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney left the Dáil chamber for a private meeting on Wednesday night as a debate on the Government’s confidence motion contin(...)

Ahead of the meeting, committee chairwoman Maria Bailey said the focus will be ‘to examine how current programmes and schemes are addressing the issues of vacant housing and derelict sites. File photograph: Frank Miller

The Government’s Housing Agency has rejected half the repossessed houses and apartments offered by banks for social housing, an Oireachtas housing com(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has indicated that public sector workers could have their pay levels restored quicker than had been initially envisaged. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael must be careful that future public sector pay increases are affordable and do not compromise the potential for tax cuts and improved servic(...)

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the turning of the sod at the Sacred Heart Hospital Castlebar. Photo: Alison Laredo

Maria Bailey Dún Laoghaire I wouldn’t be supportive of the calls for him to stand aside by September. The most important thing is for us to foc(...)

Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell:  said the Taoiseach had made it clear he would not lead the party into the next general election. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There are mixed views among Fine Gael TDs on Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s leadership of the party, with some saying the issue must be addressed sooner rathe(...)

Newly Elected TDs Gino Kenny (left) and Brid Smith (centre) with Richard Boyd Barrett ahead of the first meeting of the 32nd Dáil at Leinster House. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Maria Bailey, Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire: “It is surreal and extremely humbling to be here. I still can’t really believe it but it feels like a h(...)

Josepha Madigan TD talks to beaten FG running mate Alan Shatter. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Fine Gael’s performance in the capital marked something of a bright spot for the party as it lost ground elsewhere across the country. It is now the m(...)

Maria Bailey

New TD Maria Bailey, who secured 10,489 first preferences, has been a councillor representing the Killiney/Ballybrack ward on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown C(...)

Mary Mitchell O’Connor won the Fine Gael selection convention in Dún Laoghaire: The party has now held 18 conventions and picked 11 female candidates. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael strategists believe the party will have an election edge over Fianna Fáil because of greater progress in the selection of women candidates t(...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, a barrister and academic, said her family circumstances had changed when asked by The Irish Times why she had ruled herself out of her party’s upcoming selection convention.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has confirmed she will not attempt to contest the general election in the Dún Laoghaire constituency, where she was former (...)

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