Kate O Connell

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John Perry: witness was involved in a High Court case taken by the former Fine Gael TD against Fine Gael. Mr Perry won a court case against the party and its handling of a selection convention in the constituency when he failed to win a nomination. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A witness alleged to have been put under pressure not to give evidence in a case taken against Fine Gael is expected to make a public statement in th(...)

Former minister for health Dr James Reilly. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

“I remind Senator Reilly that what happens in the bar remains in the bar.” Words guaranteed to grab attention on a slow day around Leinster House. W(...)

Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny. Grassroots Fine Gael support for Enda Kenny’s leadership is ebbing away, according to party sources.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Grassroots Fine Gael support for Enda Kenny’s leadership is ebbing away, according to party sources. TDs and Senators say councillors and activists (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Close supporters of Mr  Kenny are considering tabling a motion of confidence in his leadership to the party’s TDs and Senators this week. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Close supporters of Taoiseach Enda Kenny are considering tabling a motion of confidence in his leadership to the party’s TDs and Senators this week. (...)

Due to an unfortunate oversight, we understand the hotel that hosted the Fine Gael ladies lunch was not given the instruction to limit the free drink to a bottle of red and a bottle of white per table.

A lot of talk about “straws in the wind” in a week when the countdown to Enda Kenny’s departure from the leadership of Fine Gael became the talk of Le(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said the Government was ‘committed to a process that can bring about change’ but the Bill before the Dáil ‘will not change anything for anybody’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The private members’ bill proposing to grant access to abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities is “raising false expectations for people”,(...)

No discussions took place between the Alliance and Fine Gael despite expectations a Cabinet meeting would be held. Photographs: The Irish Times

The Government has failed to reach agreement on a Bill allowing for abortions in the cases of fatal foetal abnormalities amid indications of an incre(...)

Chief whip Regina Doherty said today  she thinks Deputy Mick Wallace’s proposed Bill will be deemed to be in conflict with the eighth amendment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The Government has still not decided how it will vote on a bill allowing for abortions in the cases of fatal foetal abnormalities, after a fresh row. (...)

Fine Gael TD  Kate O’Connell said many of her colleagues in Fine Gael were “allergic” to the issue of the 8th amendment and did not want to engage. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Fine Gael TD has strongly criticised Taoiseach Enda Kenny for increasing the number of Ministers of State, saying she was “deeply suspicious” of why(...)

Independent TD Joan Collins; Maria Walsh; National Women’s Council director Orla O’Connor; Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell; Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan; Fianna Fáil TD Lisa Chambers; and Ivana Bacik at the women’s day event at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Women politicians now account for 22 per cent of the membership of the 32nd Dáil, up from 15 per cent of the last one. Several of them turned up at (...)

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