Michael Healy

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Michael and Danny Healy-Rae on the bonnet of an SUV to celebrate the first meeting of the 32nd Dáil, outside Leinster House. File photograph: Alan Betson

Could the Trump phenomenon of disgruntled voters electing a disruptive business tycoon with a big mouth happen in Ireland? Yes. It’s been happening al(...)

Donald Trump and US vice-president-elect Mike Pence, whose grandfather was Irish. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Ah sure, he’s not the worst. And didn’t his people pay our people an enormous compliment by getting him to call Enda Kenny before he lifted the phone (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Berlin on Tuesday. After some poor judgment calls last week, murmurings of discontent about  Kenny’s leadership became uncomfortably loud. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP

The Taoiseach travelled light to Berlin. He left the knuckledusters and thumbscrews behind with his enforcers, just in case they might need them again(...)

Fianna Fáil candidate Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher (left) and Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan who were both defeated in a vote for Leas Cheann Comhairle

No Leas Cheann Comhairle has been elected despite votes for four candidates in the Dáil on Thursday. Sinn Féin nominee Sean Crowe was defeated by 106(...)

Independents4Change is  made up of Clare Daly and  Mick Wallace (above), with  Tommy Broughan and Joan Collins. It  will align with Donegal TD Thomas Pringle and Galway West TD Catherine Connolly. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons.

At least three new technical groups will be formed for the Dáil term. A group of rural TDs will band together, while the Social Democrats and the Gr(...)

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin  said for progress to be made in talks Fine Gael had to ‘move away from the highly-controlling attitude which defined the last five years’.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has confirmed it will not propose party leader Micheál Martin as taoiseach or pursue a minority government. Donegal TD Charlie McConalogu(...)

Michael and Danny Healy Rae on the bonnet of a jeep during the first meeting of the 32nd Dail at Leinster House.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The bullying tactics of Sinn Féin on the opening day of the new Dáil cast the cold, harsh glare of reality on to all of the post-election talk about a(...)

Independent  Michael Healy Rea: the Kerry TD met Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin yesterday and said he believed the only “show in town” was a Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael alliance.  Photograph:  Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

The post-election courtship of non-party deputies and smaller parties by the leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil has been described as a “side show” (...)

Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary Patricia King. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The vast bulk of members of the out-going Fine Gael parliamentary party have declined to back a charter drawn up by the trade union movement setting o(...)

Billy Kelleher: Fianna Fail  will  not go into coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin and will not support a Fine Gael-led minority government from the outside. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

As the election inches closer, the conundrum of how the next government is going to be put together assumes ever greater significance. That uncertaint(...)

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