John Bruton

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Former taoiseach John Bruton: Kenny does “not agree with his assessment”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny rounded on his Fine Gael predecessor John Bruton for his claim that Ireland faced 10 more years of austerity budgets.“I was here(...)

Enda Kenny: “I was here when John Bruton was here and I think he made two attempts at a budget, neither of which was passed”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has sharply rebuked former Fine Gael taoiseach John Bruton in the Dáil for his claim that Ireland faced 10 more years of austerit(...)

Jean-Luc Dehaene, a two-term Belgian prime minister who led his country into the euro, has died at 73 after a fall on holiday in France. Dubbed “the p(...)

Bastions of secrecy

Twenty years ago John Bruton promised, on taking office as taoiseach, that his government would operate “as transparently as if it were working behind(...)

 Frank Flannery, former chief executive of Rehab. In an interview with the Sunday Independent, he asked:   “Why should I be publicly abused or brought in to be castigated?” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael backbenchers believe that former party strategist Frank Flannery should att(...)

Catherine Day says the commission will issue policy recommendations to the Government in June. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Catherine Day has been Europe’s top civil servant for almost nine years but she dismisses outright any suggestion that she may become a contend(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny with (from left) Phil Hogan, Richard Bruton and Frank Flannery, director of elections, at the launch of the party’s local election manifesto in Dublin back in May 2009. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Every year, long-established companies, institutions and so on disappear without trace. In many ways, we have been blinkered.(...)

People from the west of Ireland speak clearly. You’ll notice it with Pat Rabbitte, Maire Geoghegan Quinn, and of course, Enda Kenny. You can he(...)

After three years of office in a time of austerity, Enda Kenny is in remarkably good political shape as he faces this weekend’s Fine Gael Ardfh(...)

Prof John FitzGerald: said recovery in the construction industry would have a positive impact on people on the dole, especially those who don’t have an educational level above than the Leaving Certificate. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Young people will end up living with their parents until they are 35 unless the housing supply increases, Economic and Social (...)

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