Mark Kennelly

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and the  Cabinet: Mr Varadkar  is likely to scale down the engagements he will attend and become a “bit more removed”. Photograph:

The opening acts of any new government are public relations; the way a new Taoiseach and Ministers see themselves in the most ideal form, and the way (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Perhaps the biggest challenge the party faces is maintaining its strength in the face of significant change among its biggest rivals.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Six years ago, standing accused of handing the keys of the economy over to the State’s EU-International Monetary Fund bailout masters, Fianna Fáil was(...)

 Shane Ross: the Minster for Transport sought assurances from the Taoiseach about Stepaside Garda station. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The reopening of Stepaside Garda station was one of a series of concerns raised by the Independent Alliance on Tuesday during a meeting with Fine Gael(...)

That the documentary was broadcast at all proved its own theme: the constant underestimation of Enda Kenny. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Enda Kenny once bought me a pint of Smithwicks and did his JFK impression. It was terrible. Worse than the Smithwicks, which is a watery version of Gu(...)

 Anna Koch, from Killiney, joined other volunteers from the Pro Life Campaign as they held a short awareness event at the entrance to Leinster House, Kildare St, Dublin, in response to the abortion bill being introduced by Deputy Ruth Coppinger. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Enda Kenny was never going to agree to a free vote on a Dáil vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Having been undermined in July, he knew he could not(...)

Ensuring the budget has a Fianna Fáil stamp: Party spokesmen on public expenditure and finance Dara Calleary and Michael McGrath. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

For Fianna Fáil, Tuesday’s budget will almost be like a moment of collision with Fine Gael: the closest it will come to its main opponent before it re(...)

The highest paid adviser is Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s aide Mark Kennelly, who is deputy secretary and receives a salary of €156, 380 a year. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s chief of staff is the highest paid special adviser in Government, new figures show. The pay rates for all Government advisers (...)

Independent Alliance’s Finian McGrath and Shane Ross: Michael Noonan and Enda Kenny didn’t trust them enough to share all the information they were getting out of Brussels. Photo:

Unless there is a radical resetting of relations between the two sides of the Government, there seems to be little future for the Government. A compl(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: Said she was concerned about use of language that is “overly racist and does down women” but said the Government would be respectful of the US election process.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said she is “concerned” about the campaign rhetoric of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but still expect(...)

Senator Al Franken and actor Sarah Silverman  during the first day of the Democratic National Convention  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Turning Philly green There are plenty of Irish here in Philadelphia, notably Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. She attended a reception for the Irish com(...)

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