Willie Penrose

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Acting Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Brendan Howlin: a leadership election must take place within six months of a general election. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The writing has been on the wall for Joan Burton since the results of the general election began to trickle through. A government party with 37 seats(...)

Willie Penrose and James Bannon before the final count Longford-Westmeath count finally ended early on Thursday morning. Photograph: John McCauley.

It was the worst election in the Labour Party’s 104-year history, made even bleaker by the prospect of losing Dáil speaking rights. The junior Coalit(...)

Willie Penrose: former Labour “super junior” Minister was persuaded to run by senior party figures

Willie Penrose (59) has been a Labour TD since 1992 when he became the first Labour TD in the constituency since the early years of the State. It took(...)

Willie Penrose with  Labour’s Joe Revington at the count centre in Longford. Photograph: Michelle Ghee

Willie Penrose has said that nobody should write off the Labour party after he retained his seat in Longford-Westmeath and ensured the party’s speakin(...)

James Bannon: Deeply hurt by a negative social media campaign against both Government TDs

Fine Gael’s James Bannon has had a tough election campaign. Good news about the success of the planning permission for a €233 million infrastructura(...)

James Bannon and Willie Penrose at the Longford-Westmeath election count in Kenagh, Longford. Photograph: Michelle Ghee.

Longford-Westmeath returning officer Imelda Brannigan has announced that the count is continuing, Speaking just after midnight, in the first update a(...)

Left to right: John Concannon, director of 1916 events; Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert Centenary advisory group, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Raghnall Ó Floinn, director of the National Museum of Ireland, at the launch of the National Museum of Ireland’s Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising exhibition which open to the public March 3rd. Admission is free. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said water charges administered by a single national utility are a fundamental issue for Fine Gael during negotiations on for(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says his party will “formulate a set of principles that will guide Fine Gael participation in a future government”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/Irish Times

At a glance: 156 out of 158 seats have been filled, 39 out of 40 constituencies complete and there was a 65 per cent national turnout. Water on table(...)

 Labour  TD  and party deputy leader Alan Kelly yesterday refused to rule out making a bid for party leadership. “Now is not the time to talk about that. We need to see where we end up.” Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Labour has ruled out re-entering government with Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil under any circumstances. Members have insisted the party has no mandate to(...)

Minister for Communications Alex White looks lost in thought after failing to win a Dublin Rathdown  seat. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg.

Even in its worst nightmares the Labour Party would have never dreamt that the result could have been so bad. Long-standing seats and proven poll-top(...)

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