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Labour leader Eamon Gilmore under pressure since opinion poll. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES.

In light of the recent Irish Times/Ipsos mrbi poll, I have done a desktop exercise to see how the 158 seats in the 40 constituencies might be allotted(...)

TDs and Senators who are against the abolition of the  Seanad   Senator Ronan Mullen and Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames during a press brieifng on the plinth of Leinster House, Dublin, today. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former Fine Gael senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has accused the party of spreading “false propaganda” in its campaign to abolish the Seanad. Speaking as (...)

Lucinda Creighton is among the members of the Reform Alliance, the Fine Gael breakaway group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night refused to extend committee membership rights to the Reform Alliance, the Fine Gael breakaway group. The newly formed (...)

Reform Alliance members Lucinda Creighton and Billy Timmons photographed outside Buswells Hotel at the weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

On one of his very rare one-on-one media interviews on RTE’s Morning Ireland yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny gave a lesson in political ambivalence th(...)

Reform Alliance members photographed outside Buswells Hotel.  [from left] Billy Timmons, Paul Bradford, Peter Matthews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

The 14 non-aligned TDs in the Dáil are to be allowed speaking rights for the first time in a significant shake-up of House rules and procedures.The de(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald: “I think the real issues are about what is facing this country: getting our economy in track and job creation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

People are not interested in the internal machinations of Fine Gael and what people were saying in interviews, Minister for Children and Youth Affai(...)

The Reform Alliance photographed outside Buswells Hotel this afternoon. From left: Billy Timmons, Paul Bradford, Peter Matthews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Seven TDs and senators expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party have held their first day of formal discussions on a collective approach in the(...)

Billy Timmins, one of the Fine Gael TDs who defied the party whip to vote against the second stage of the Protection of Life during pregnancy bill. Mr Timmins said this morning the group of TDs and Senators expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party after voting against the Government on the abortion Bill is not a political party but will operate as a ‘loose alliance’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A group of TDs and Senators expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party after voting against the Government on the abortion Bill are not planning (...)

Happier times: Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a photocall with Lucinda Creighton and other newly appointed ministers of state in March 2011. Following expulsions from the Fine Gael parliamentary party there has been a reordering of Dáil committee membership. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unicameralism is a different form of government, not a cheaper form of government. Unfortunately, the debate on abolishing the Seanad has been defined(...)

Peter Mathew: has indicated his willingness to be involved in the group. Photograph: David Sleator

The group of Fine Gael TDs and Senators expelled from the parliamentary party met yesterday for the second time to discuss how they can co-ordinate as(...)

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