Andrew McDowell: said it was an honour and a privilege to join the EIB’s management committee.

The Taoiseach’s former economic adviser Andrew McDowell has taken up his new role as vice-president with the European Investment Bank (EIB). Mr McD(...)

Minister for Transport and Independent Alliance member Shane Ross.

Minister for Transport Shane Ross wrote to the Taoiseach insisting he was “uncomfortable” at a proposal to make an appointment to a €275,000-a-year jo(...)

Due to an unfortunate oversight, we understand the hotel that hosted the Fine Gael ladies lunch was not given the instruction to limit the free drink to a bottle of red and a bottle of white per table.

A lot of talk about “straws in the wind” in a week when the countdown to Enda Kenny’s departure from the leadership of Fine Gael became the talk of Le(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “If the election is less than a year away,” said a Fine Gael TD, “He’s a lame duck and has to go.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

To describe what’s happening in Ireland as “new politics” is like describing a 1980s Lada as the future of the automobile industry. What a con that p(...)

Enda Kenny: not having the best week of his political career. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Enda Kenny is not having the best week of his political career. Nor is it the worst, but the Fine Gael-Independent minority Government is beset on a n(...)

Former minister has described the nomination of the Taoiseach’s chief economic adviser Andrew McDowell to a role at the European Investment Bank as ‘old politics’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The nomination of the Taoiseach’s chief economic adviser Andrew McDowell to a role at the European Investment Bank (EIB) has been described as “old po(...)

Fine Gael strategist Andrew McDowell, who is leaving Government for a top job with the European Investment Bank which comes with a €275,000 salary

It will be little remarked upon outside the Merrion Street and Leinster House bubble, but one of the most significant figures in Irish politics in re(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: was forced to choose between seeing members of his own Cabinet violate the constitutional principle of the Cabinet’s collective authority and publicly eating humble pie. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fine Gael Ministers publicly shrugged yesterday and affected a let’s-get-on-with-it demeanour. But, privately, they are furious at their Independent (...)

Enda Kenny’s economic adviser Andrew McDowell (right) with   Fine Gael Ministers at Trinity College Dublin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

One of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s most senior advisers has been appointed vice-president of the European Investment Bank. Andrew McDowell, who has been(...)

Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghín Ó Caolaín, Eoin Ó Broin and Mary Lou McDonald: Sinn Féin favours the abolition of Irish Water and water charges. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire

Sinn Féin wants to establish an independent commission to examine the best way to deliver water services, but does not believe its outcome would be t(...)

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