Willie Penrose

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Willie Penrose indicated he did not intend to nominate or second any candidate for the leadership of the Labour Party. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Labour chairman Willie Penrose has said that he believes the party should avoid a leadership election and pick a “consensus candidate” to lead the par(...)

Brendan Howlin has the support of party chairman Willie Penrose. He is also said to have the backing of two of the other potential leadership contenders, Seán Sherlock and Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister for public expenditure Brendan Howlin is considering contesting the leadership of the Labour Party following the resignation of Joan B(...)

Labour TD Willie Penrose said industrial-sized farms were what resulted from unlimited production and allowing it so quickly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Rural Ireland will be like the “Wild West” with no shops between towns and only industrial-sized farms across the landscape unless there is a change i(...)

All the indications are that the Dáil will sit tomorrow to re-elect Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, a first for a Fine Gael leader. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/Getty Images

Earlier this week, Enda Kenny gave his riding orders to his negotiating team as they prepared to enter into another day of discussions with Independe(...)

Fine Gael TD’s Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney, Paschal Donohoe, Frances Fitzgerald and Michael Noonan speaking to journalists after leaving talks on the formation of a government between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have agreed the outline of a deal on Irish Water that should allow a minority government to be put in place next week. At t(...)

Enda Kenny wants to afford Labour time to reconsider its decision to go into opposition, while Micheál Martin’s FF will abstain only when it becomes clear that the acting Taoiseach has the required support

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on a framework for the operation of a minority government will resume today as pressure grows for a resolution(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Herb Street Cafe, Grand Canal, Dublin, ahead of the election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane said the possibility of the Labour party considering re-entering coalition was a “nightmare” government scenario that “wi(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Herb Street Cafe, Grand Canal, Dublin, ahead of the election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Labour Ministers and TDs will speak to their constituency members this weekend about a possible return to government with Fine Gael. Following inten(...)

There is increasing pressure on acting Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin to declare that he will stand for the leadership of the Labour Party. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

There is increasing pressure on acting Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin to declare that he will stand for the leadership of the Labour P(...)

 Willie Penrose said he believed the Labour party had been linked too much to the outgoing Government and talk about the economic recovery. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Labour TD Willie Penrose has signalled that party leader Joan Burton must step down, saying he believes that she will “act in the best interests of th(...)

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