Willie O Dea

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Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh: like something out of a Le Carré novel. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

This time of year, things usually go a bit mad around Leinster House. Political parties throw parties, the restaurant is heaving, the bar gets busy an(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary has been named the party’s spokesman on social protection. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has appointed 18 members of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party to a range of spokesperson positions. Fianna Fáil said the d(...)

Irish soldiers board a plane to leave Baldonnell airport for Congo as part of a UN peacekeeping mission on July 28th, 1960

Medals for gallantry for nine Irish soldiers killed in the Niemba ambush 60 years ago were not awarded because it might look like a “hand-out”. This (...)

The three-way coalition comprising Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil under Micheál Martin and Eamon Ryan’s Green Party has been plagued by unforced errors. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

For most governments, the first weeks in office are a brief moment of respite from the normal rhythms of political battle. Ministers read themselves i(...)

Large clusters of parliamentarians are disaffected, for a variety of reasons, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

If you Google “shaky start” and “Irish politics”, the inevitable dates crop up: 1997; 2011; 2017; and 2020. What unites them is this: new governments (...)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin will be paid €186,831 a year. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The three Ministers of State who sit at Cabinet who were to receive a controversial pay top-up have agreed to gift some of the money back to the State(...)

Fianna Fáil’s  Willie O’Dea: he  said it was “not right and proper that one category of people” should be “singled out for punishment”. Photograph: Getty Images

New rules stripping those on unemployment assistance of their payments because they leave the State could be vulnerable to legal challenge, civil libe(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: A significant minority now favour an alternative path, and with it, an alternative leader. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Political life goes through cycles, with times of heightened drama followed by periods that are taciturn and mundane. Over four months, the negotiati(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the abrupt conclusion and termination of the wage subsidy scheme could have a significant effect on job retention in the country. Photograph: Julien Behal/ PA Wire

A cut in the 13.5 per cent VAT rate is being examined as part of the new Government’s July stimulus package to boost the economy after the coronavirus(...)

The refusal of Jim O’Callaghan to accept a junior ministerial post after his failure to make the Cabinet has contributed to the uncertain mood in Micheál Martin’s Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have attempted to rectify the regional imbalance in the Cabinet by appointing a number of junior ministers fr(...)

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