Alan Kelly

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FF leader Micheál Martin introduced rules in 2012 which stipulate that a draft programme for government must be voted on at a special ardfheis. Photograph: Henry Nicholls

The Fianna Fáil executive, comprising about 80 people, can make a decision on whether the party enters government with Fine Gael if a special ard fhei(...)

‘I ask people to bear in mind that this is a virus that did not exist three or four months ago. It did not have a name two months ago.’

Two weeks on from their alarming surge of Covid-19 related sanctimony and self-importance, a much subdued cohort of confirmed Government cases returne(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The rhetoric of the Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil framework document signals a move leftward for the parties. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Those who were centrally involved in producing the framework agreement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael were fully prepared for the charges that foll(...)

Keith Andrews and Stephen Kenny are the new face of Ireland’s coaching staff. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Keith Andrews says he is honoured to be Ireland’s assistant manager after what has been a “whirlwind” week for everyone associated with Stephen Kenny’(...)

Stephen Kenny has said he will do things hiw own way as Republic of Ireland manager. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Though he concedes there can be no guarantees in terms of achieving the success he is hoping for, Stephen Kenny used his first press conference as Rep(...)

 Micheál Martin: he warned  a recession  from Covid-19 may be deeper and economic recovery slower than may have been initially expected

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will not present a “fait accompli” to other parties they want to join in government with them, Micheál Martin has said ahead(...)

Lady Gaga:  opening doors for the concert to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph:  Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

It’s been called for the Live Aid of the digital age and its Bob Geldof figure is another Irishman. Unlike the sweary, in-your-face Geldof, Tipperary-(...)

Polstorykids

A State childcare system would be run on a trial basis in selected areas of the country under plans being considered by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for (...)

 Alan Kelly: told his TD colleagues Labour’s post-election position of going into opposition should not change. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The turning point for Alan Kelly, and his colleagues’ perceptions of him, came at a meeting of the Labour parliamentary party in Drogheda in September(...)

Labour candidate Alan Kelly is hoisted into the air as he celebrates being elected in the 2016 general election. File photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Alan Kelly and Keir Starmer, comfortably elected leaders of the Irish and British Labour parties, both face monumental tasks. The Irish party emerged (...)

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