John Brassil

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Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has spoken 93 times across the Dáil and committees in the past year. His brother Danny Healy-Rae has spoken 107 times. Photograph: Alan Betson

The results of the general election had barely trickled in when party leaders began promising radical reform of politics in Ireland. It was (...)

“Millions of people across the equator are right now feeling the effects of the El Niño phenomenon”. Photograph: Reuters/Andres Stapff

Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil has compared Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae to US presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Mr Healy-Rae has made a number of c(...)

Michael and Danny Healy Rae   ahead of the first meeting of the 32nd Dáil at Leinster House earlier this year. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Danny Healy-Rae made headlines in recent days when he said, among other things, that he would shoot an intruder who came into his house. However, dow(...)

Paul Kelly, the  founder of suicide charity Console,  has denied allegations of mismanagement and poor governance. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Console is expected to seek the protection of the High Court today in the latest twist in the controversy involving the suicide prevention charity. S(...)

Calling for a grant scheme for homeowners in rural towns and villages, there were, John Brassil added, an “enormous number” of empty houses across all local authorities, with one in three houses vacant. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The National Asset Management Agency (Nama) was “set up to solve a problem, not to create another one”, the Dáil heard during a debate on housing and (...)

Maura Healy-Rae has been co-opted to take the council seat of her father Danny (centre) and join her brother Johnny (left) on Kerry County Council. Photograph: Don MacMonagle.

The eldest daughter of Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae has been co-opted on to Kerry County Council to fill the seat he vacated when elected to the Dái(...)

Profile: John Brassil (FF)

Kerry has returned a Fianna Fáil TD, after a hiatus of five years. John Brassil, from Ballyheigue, a pharmacist by profession and a qualified engineer(...)

In a new survey, 22 candidates expressed views on abortion that differed from the position provided by their party.

A survey of parties and candidates has found that abortion is the issue with the highest level of internal disagreement within parties. The survey c(...)

Michael and Danny Healy-Rae are on the cusp on being returned to Dáil Éireann. Photographs: The Irish Times

The Healy-Rae brothers look set to pull off a coup in Kerry by taking two seats in the new five-seat constituency, a poll conducted for TG4 indicates.(...)

Party leaders at the TV3/Newstalk debate last night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leaders’ debates live on television are strange animals. It’s good to win, but the priority is not to lose. If you make one big gaffe, or get caught o(...)

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