Alan Dukes

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Alan Dukes, former minister for finance, spoke at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The only certainty about Brexit is that it will be a “negative-sum game for all concerned,” the former Fine Gael leader Alan Dukes told the MacGill Su(...)

Austin Deasy  outside Leinster House  after his party’s vote of confidence in leader John Bruton in 2000. Photograph: Moya Nolan

Austin Deasy, the Fine Gael TD who represented Waterford in Dáil Éireann for 25 years and who served as minister for agriculture from 1982 to 1987, ha(...)

John Deacy TD and his brother, Jamie, lead their father’s coffin into  St Mary’s Church in Dungarvan. Photograph: Mary Browne

Fine Gael minister Austin Deasy (80) was recalled at his funeral as a politician who delivered for his constituents in his Waterford constituency for (...)

Fine Gael Leadership candidate Simon Coveney  at the launch of his policy document in the Dean Hotel in Dublin. The document draws on Fine Gael’s ‘just society’ tradition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Simon Coveney is hoping that grassroots Fine Gael members will resurrect his campaign for the party leadership by persuading their local TDs to switch(...)

Fine Gael leadership hopefuls Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar. “The history of party politics has shown us that healthy leadership tussles can be destructive forces.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In May 1994 two prominent Labour MPs sat down for a meal in the Granita restaurant in Islington, north London. They were the leading contenders for th(...)

 A woman pays respects to Cardinal Connell at his funeral in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A remarkable feature of Cardinal Desmond Connell’s funeral last week was the scarcity of public representatives. It was such a “small” affair for some(...)

Enda Kenny: Given that   Brexit  will take two years – and probably far longer – it would make sense for the Taoiseach  to sign off on the negotiating strategy before handing it on to his successor. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael appears to have pulled back from the brink of a destructive internal battle that had the capacity to tear it apart, bring down the Governmen(...)

A think-tank founder has said talks on article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the provision that allows for a member state to leave the bloc – would lead to a referendum here. Image: iStock

Could Irish voters block a future deal to withdraw Britain from the EU by rejecting it in a referendum? With the clock counting down to the formal com(...)

Catherine Day, a former secretary general of the European Commission, said the UK’s impending departure from the EU would deprive Dublin of an important ally.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The State will have to build stronger ties with other small EU states as the Franco-German axis grows in strength after Brexit, a former high-ranking(...)

 John Rogers, attorney general in 1986, argued the AG was ‘better able to identify persons who have qualities appropriate to holding judicial office’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The attorney general in 1986 believed the appointment of judges should “in the first instance” be a matter for his office, according to a file from th(...)

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