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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says Fine Gael is a party of ‘democracy’, indicating that he and other senior figures will reflect on the views of the party’s Dún Laoghaire members. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he will listen to the views of Fine Gael members in Dún Laoghaire if they vote to change the party’s election ticket i(...)

Maria Bailey: Earlier this month, a motion of no confidence was tabled in Ms Bailey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Fine Gael meeting in Dún Laoghaire, which will see members vote on whether changes should be made to the party’s general election ticket, has been f(...)

 Ms Bailey, who  lost her position as chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Housing in the controversy over a personal injuries claim against a Dublin hotel, is one of three Fine Gael candidates for Dún Laoghaire at the next election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney have both defended Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey after some local activists in her Dún Laoghaire constit(...)

Ray McSharry: the Fianna Fáil grandee was treated to a surprise This Is Your Life party featuring familiar faces of the party down the years.    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The great, the good and the ghosts of Fianna Fáil past gathered in Sligo at the weekend to pay homage to party grandee Ray MacSharry. The former tána(...)

Extra Ordinary requires epic suspension of disbelief

You couldn’t accuse Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, writer-directors of this amusing Irish comedy, of selling us short on knockabout content. Extra Ordi(...)

Dún Laoghaire rooftop view

It’s our oldest commuter town, a major port – and a planning mess. Poor little rich suburb “I was surprised when I started spending more time ar(...)

Dún Laoghaire harbour. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has abandoned plans to construct a controversial berth for cruise ships in the south Dublin suburb. The €30 mil(...)

Leo Varadkar receives a birthday cake from DCU students and staff in Ballymun. The guest list for the Taoiseach’s birthday party has been putting noses out of joint. Photograph:  Julien Behal

It’s been like living through the opening scenes of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this week in Leinster House, with a cast of increasingly for(...)

Fine Gael blasphemy referendum canvass at Tara Street Dart station, with YFG members (t-shirts), and (left to right) Sen Anthony Lawlor, Sen Colm Burke, Minister Charlie Flanagan, Sen Michelle Mulherin, and Cllr Barry Ward. Source: Jack Power/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, three Senators, and a few eager Young Fine Gael members turned up for a canvass outside Dublin’s Tara Street tr(...)

Emmett J Scanlan: ‘It feels like I’ve been doing more material that really makes me salivate’

It’s been eight years since Emmett J Scanlan starred in Charlie Casanova, Terry McMahon’s film about a sociopath who decides his life by the draw of t(...)

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