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John Deacy TD and his brother, Jamie, lead their father’s coffin into  St Mary’s Church in Dungarvan. Photograph: Mary Browne

Fine Gael minister Austin Deasy (80) was recalled at his funeral as a politician who delivered for his constituents in his Waterford constituency for (...)

Ireland’s next taoiseach:  Leo Varadkar arrives at the Fine Gael count on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Buying pints on an early-summer evening in Dublin may have seemed a pleasant task, but it was work all the same. John Paul Phelan, the Fine Gael TD fo(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar, who has a commanding lead in the Fine Gael leadership contest so far. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

More than one-third of Fine Gael members eligible to vote in the party’s leadership contest are based in Minister for Housing Simon Coveney’s Munster (...)

Enda Kenny enjoys St Patrick’s Day in New York. Photograph: PA

Brian Hayes has said Easter would be a good time to “kick-start” the Fine Gael leadership campaign. Taoiseach Enda Kenny caused some controversy when(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Simon Coveney  and Leo Varadkar in 2010. Mr Kenny will say the leadership issue will be dealt with after he visits Washington DC for St Patrick’s Day. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs have said they will not table a motion of no-confidence in the Taoiseach if he gives a firm indication he will step down soon after his (...)

The Taoiseach has said he will speak to the Fine Gael parliamentary party at its weekly meeting on Wednesday.  Photograph: Alan Betson

So, where are we with the Fine Gael leadership? Everyone is waiting for Enda. The Taoiseach has said he will speak to the Fine Gael parliamentary part(...)

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(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Mr Kenny is under renewed pressure over his leadership of Fine Gael. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party has told the party’s TDs and Senators to show respect to Taoiseach Enda Kenny. In an email to TDs a(...)

Michael Noonan at a corporate tax conference in Dublin Castle on Thursday. He said it was “up to the Taoiseach when he will step down”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael TDs have insisted Taoiseach Enda Kenny must not be forced to stand aside, but has to make his departure date known by next week. The party(...)

Garda whistleblower Keith Harrison  (left) with his partner Marissa Simms talking to deputy Alan Kelly  at the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It’s the must-have accessory in Leinster House these days. You’re nobody if you don’t have a whistleblower to call upon in this time of crisis. Ye(...)

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