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 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(...)

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(...)

The Oireachtas committee on water has voted in favour of inviting representatives of the Right2Water protest group (which organised the 2015 protest pictured)  to give evidence.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Representatives of an anti-water charge protest group are to give evidence to the Oireachtas committee examining the approach the State should take to(...)

Government chief whip Regina Doherty has said there “was a deal done” during the Government formation talks to have an accelerated contest. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

An accelerated Fine Gael leadership contest in the event of a snap general election is still on the cards, despite the reservations of one of the lead(...)

Simon Coveney’s “rent predictability” plan sets out proposals for so-called “rent pressure zones” and imposing limitations on the level of rent increases allowable on residential properties in these zones. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney offered to outline areas outside Dublin and Cork that would have their assessment for rent caps brought forward in (...)

Water committee: its key test will be whether its recommendations will be in keeping with the EU  water framework directive.  Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Twenty Oireachtas members will sit on the committee examining the future of water charges. The committee, which will be chaired by Independent Senato(...)

Chaired by former Labour Relations chair Kevin Duffy, the commission recommends normal water usage should be paid through general taxation, with a charge for ’wasteful’ usage. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images

Fianna Fáil is to consider merging the property tax and water charges in a potential compromise. The Irish Times has learned party leader Micheál Mar(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has indicated that public sector workers could have their pay levels restored quicker than had been initially envisaged. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael must be careful that future public sector pay increases are affordable and do not compromise the potential for tax cuts and improved servic(...)

Senator Al Franken and actor Sarah Silverman  during the first day of the Democratic National Convention  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Turning Philly green There are plenty of Irish here in Philadelphia, notably Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. She attended a reception for the Irish com(...)

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the turning of the sod at the Sacred Heart Hospital Castlebar. Photo: Alison Laredo

Maria Bailey Dún Laoghaire I wouldn’t be supportive of the calls for him to stand aside by September. The most important thing is for us to foc(...)

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