Paudie Coffey

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 Taoiseach Enda Kenny who said today he had respected John McNulty’s call for TDs and Senators not to vote for him.  Photograph: Collins.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has voted in the Seanad byelection but not for Fine Gael candidate John McNulty who has effectively withdrawn from the race. The (...)

Most politicians have three fallback positions when asked questions: evade, obfuscate, and, when all else fails, just lie. A profession which promise(...)

Minister for State at the Department of the Environment, Paudie Coffey has welcomed the decision by his driver, former Fine Gael Cllr Hilary Quinlan, to resign from the board of Irish Water.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister for State at the Department of the Environment, Paudie Coffey has welcomed the decision by his driver, former Fine Gael Cllr Hilary Quinlan, (...)

Construction Industry Federation director general Tom Parlon: said areas such as Dublin face a crisis in housing supply. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

A temporary cut in VAT on new homes would help kick-start building in areas facing a housing shortage, said Construction Industry Federation (CIF) (...)

Enda Kenny’s feet of clay

The Reynolds Rule says it all. It’s the little things in politics that trip you up. In the scale of “strokes” or political fast ones, the McNulty affa(...)

Minister for State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey said he was aware that Hilary Quinlan, who resigned yesterday as a director of Ir(...)

Hilary Quinlan resigned as a director of Irish Water  yesterday but will continue working as a private driver for Minister for State Paudie Coffey

The appointment of Hilary Quinlan as a driver for the Minister of State for the Environment while he was also a director of Irish Water, which comes u(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny on his way to  the  launch of Dr TK Whitaker: A Portrait of a Patriot in Dublin last evening. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The withdrawal of Fine Gael’s candidate John McNulty from the Seanad byelection campaign has raised new questions about Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s politi(...)

The Taoiseach ‘has treated the Imma board, the entire arts community and the members and staff of Seanad Éireann with total disdain’, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has still not answered “key questions” relating to the appointment of John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said she had never before heard of a minister appointing as a driver a person who was a director of a semi-state company for which the minister had responsibility. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said she expects Minister of State Paudie Coffey will “very soon” address the issue of(...)

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