Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney (left) and  Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish politics after Enda will be a real test of the fragile arrangements that have kept the minority Government in place for the past year. There is(...)

Hong Kong: the city  is rated one of the least corrupt places on earth, with a lower risk of commercial bribery than Norway. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

A powerful anti-corruption agency will be the centrepiece of Simon Coveney’s leadership campaign, it has been reported. I find this intriguing, having(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launching the Finite Lives report by Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell at Government Buildings. He then announced he was  stepping down. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was never going to be a happy ending, but at least Enda Kenny got to write the last line. Whether by accident or design, his final day as leader (...)

Departing Taoiseach Enda Kenny photographed in Dublin on Monday. “He bounds out of office with that cheese-wire cut grin of his, ever youthful and excited about the glow of three-pension heaven that awaits him.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As Enda Kenny prepares to leave office, the State remains as corrupt as it was when he arrived in 2011 with a massive majority and mandate for reform.(...)

Simon Coveney: his efforts on housing and his apparent popularity among the Fine Gael grassroots have closed the gap on Varadkar

Wednesday night belonged to Enda Kenny. His emotional statement to the Fine Gael parliamentary party announcing his retirement was hardly a shock but (...)

 Enda Kenny: one source at the Fine Gael meeting said the Taoiseach’s departure was “clinical”

In all, the meeting where Enda Kenny announced he was standing down as Fine Gael leader lasted just seven minutes. It had been due to start at 5.30pm,(...)

Enda Kenny:  his  public image never reflected his success at home or abroad, and that proved fatal to his first government’s prospects of winning a second term

By any yardstick Enda Kenny has been one of the most successful political leaders in the history of the State, yet he has been consistently underestim(...)

Having clawed their way to power, politicians tend to hang on. Enda Kenny languished on Fine Gael’s backbenches for 11 years before being appointed a (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings yesterday: Mr Kenny will remain as Taoiseach until his successor is elected by the Dáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar were last night canvassing support and preparing to launch their campaigns to be the next leader of Fine Gael followin(...)

Varadkar supporter: Eoghan Murphy, Minister of State for  Finance. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Whoever wins the Fine Gael leadership will have a delicate task when it comes to hiring and firing Ministers. A complete purge would be a little like (...)

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