Kate O Connell

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Key voice: Ailbhe Smith,  of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the final weeks of the marriage equality referendum campaign in May 2015, some seasoned political observers began to question whether the opinion p(...)

At the recording of the Inside Politics podcast were, from left, Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell; Amnesty International Ireland executive director Colm O’Gorman; Ailbhe Smyth, convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, and podcast host Hugh Linehan.

The campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution enjoys popular support in opinion polls and the dedicated efforts of progressives, but(...)

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn described  current approach to the health service as “disjointed and reactionary”.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland should seek to move to a commissioning model of care similar to that used by the NHS in Britain, the Health Information and Quality Authority (...)

Fine Gael Ministers Paschal Donohoe, Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Frances Fitzgerald. Three out of four distanced themselves from the Taoiseach’s remarks. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A string of Fine Gael Ministers, including those most often tipped as possible successors to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, have effectively ruled out a futur(...)

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(...)

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell: Doubts Taoiseach is suitable to lead Ireland in Brexit talks. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Fine Gael TD is be questioned by her local constituency organisation about her “meandering rhetoric” in urging Ministers who wish to succeed Enda Ke(...)

Minister for Social Protection  Leo Varadkar said only when a vacancy for FG leadership arose should a contender lay out their programme. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minster for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has praised Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell after she said future party leadership contenders should not be afr(...)

Bus Éireann vehicles at Busaras Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bus Éireann may be forced to close Expressway Closing down Bus Éireann’s Expressway network of intercity services may ultimately be the only viable o(...)

Kate O’Connell said the “future leader” of Fine Gael must be involved in the formal talks on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Fine Gael TD has urged Ministers who wish to succeed Enda Kenny to show their “mettle” by standing up and questioning the Taoiseach’s leadership. (...)

Louise O’Reilly, Catherine Martin, Kate O’Connell, Norah Casey, Women for Election co-founder Niamh Gallagher, Fiona O’Loughlin  and Ivana Bacik at the Women for Election event.  Photograph:  Conor McCabe

The outcome of the general election was a vindication of the introduction of gender quotas, a seminar on women in politics was told on Thursday night.(...)

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