Dara Calleary

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan at Dublin Castle for a Cabinet meeting in June.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Seldom has a government taken office in more trying circumstances. The three-party coalition assumed power in the middle of a once-in-a-century pandem(...)

People returning to face-to-face deal-making and discussion need to draw on all their reserves of empathy. Photograph: iStock

Royalty may have shaken a stranger’s hand for the last time. Even if state occasions resume, and even if others become comfortable again with a palm-t(...)

Former minister for agriculture Dara Calleary: called on Minister for Education Norma Foley to allow the reopening of applications for school transport. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former minister for agriculture Dara Calleary has called for “consistency” in public health guidelines and “understanding” for teachers with high-risk(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen with former commissioner for trade Phil Hogan. Questions have been raised in Brussels about whether the Commission should have a better process for dealing with ethical infractions. File photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The worst thing in politics now is to be too cute.The fallout of the Golfgate affair has revealed the importance of clear rules and a distinction betw(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has instructed the Government to suggest a man and a woman as candidates to replace former commissioner Phil Hogan. Photograph: Francois Walschaerts/EPA

In all the commentary on the Oireachtas Golf Society (OGS) – or as I prefer to think of it, the Oh For God’s Sake (OFGS) dinner – it’s surprising that(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar should have been able to take a broader perspective but instead he led the chorus demanding that Phil Hogan should go.  Photograph: Fran Veale

A spineless Government running scared in the face of an hysterical media has done serious damage to the national interest by forcing the resignation o(...)

“You are hounding everybody, so no comment and goodbye,” said guest Loman Dempsey when contacted. Illustration: iStock

More than 80 guests attended an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in the Station House Hotel, Clifden, Co Galway, last Wednesday at a time when Governmen(...)

The Beef Finisher Payment scheme is a one-off, exchequer-funded grant aid programme

The European Commission has formally approved a €50 million Irish scheme to support those working in the beef sector who have been affected by the cor(...)

Dara Calleary is the second minister for agriculture to resign since the formation of the new Government.  File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former minister for agriculture Dara Calleary has resigned from his position as deputy leader of Fianna Fáil following the controversy over his attend(...)

EU commissioner Phil Hogan is facing calls to resign over his attendance at a golf society event in Co Galway. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

EU commissioner Phil Hogan has been at the centre of a major political controversy, as one of several high-profile politicians who attended an Oireach(...)

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