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U.S. President Barack Obama receives a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny  during a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Reuters

Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan has called on the Taoiseach to withdraw from his scheduled St Patrick’s Day meeting with Presi(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Fine Gael will not enter coalition  with Sinn Féin, saying their policies would undermine business and investment.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has categorically ruled out a coalition with Sinn Féin, saying that party’s policies would lead to massive job losses. In a sta(...)

TD Pat Deering said it was “way off the mark” for the Taoiseach to decline to rule out a future coalition with Sinn Féin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fine Gael TDs are likely to discuss Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s statement about a possible coalition with Sinn Féin at next week’s parliamentary party meet(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney is among the  Ministers who are opposed to paying back the money to those who complied with the law. Photograph:   Dara Mac Dónaill

Government Ministers are at odds over whether water charges should be refunded to those who paid their bills. A number of Fine Gael members of Cabi(...)

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(...)

Minister  Leo Varadkar: said he didn’t consider that he was doing a good job unless he was personally attacked by Mr Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection and future Fine Gael leadership contender Leo Varadkar has launched a scathing attack on Fianna Fáil, accusing the part(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and senior Fine Gael figures  at the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co Kildare on  the second day of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party meeting. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is prepared to fight any moves to remove him as Fine Gael leader as a growing number of backbenchers and Ministers say his positi(...)

Some Fine Gael backbenchers, such as Carlow-Kilkenny’s Pat Deering and Kerry’s Brendan Griffin, have recently repeated their position that Taoiseach Enda Kenny must either go immediately or announce in the coming months that he intends to stand down. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A number of Fine Gael TDs believe they may have to move against Taoiseach Enda Kenny in order to replace him as party leader, rather than wait for him(...)

James Reilly: criticised at the Fine Gael meeting. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Like so many political mutinies in the past, the move against Enda Kenny’s leadership ended with a bit of a whimper last night. It had more or less (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Berlin on Tuesday. After some poor judgment calls last week, murmurings of discontent about  Kenny’s leadership became uncomfortably loud. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP

The Taoiseach travelled light to Berlin. He left the knuckledusters and thumbscrews behind with his enforcers, just in case they might need them again(...)

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