Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with his constituency colleague and Fine Gael leadership contestant Simon Coveney in Cork on Monday. Photograph: Jim Coughlan.

Over the next year, politics will witness a generational change, not only in Fine Gael but also in Sinn Féin where Gerry Adams will finally stand down(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arriving to launch the latest edition of Nealon’s Guide on Tuesday. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Enda Kenny was doing the rounds of the crowded room and pressing the flesh after launching Nealon’s Guide to Politics in the Irish Architectural Archi(...)

Satisfaction with Enda Kenny’s performance as Taoiseach was practically unanimous in his home town of Castlebar. Photograph: PA

The final paragraph of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s resignation statement referred to the family’s 63-year record of unbroken service to the Mayo people. T(...)

The  newly formed  Cabinet one year ago: change is now in the air as Enda Kenny steps down. Photograph:

Walking through the corridors of Leinster House a number of weeks ago, a member of the Independent Alliance reflected on the group’s poor opinion poll(...)

Members of the Metropolitan Police Service Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band  in the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines on Remeberance Sunday  2008. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Enda Kenny is to attend the centenary of the Battle of Messines Ridge in what is expected to be one of his last acts as Taoiseach. Mr Kenny will be (...)

To be eligible to vote, rank-and-file members must have held membership of the party in 2016 and 2017. Fine Gael officials say there are about 25,000 entitled to cast their ballot.

While the system by which the next leader of Fine Gael is elected is set down in the party constitution, the exact timetabling of the election contest(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at a European Union summit in Brussels in 2011 where leaders met to work out a deal to resolve the euro zone debt crisis and find a way to give the bloc’s bailout fund greater firepower. File photograph: Thierry Roge/Reuters

When Enda Kenny became taoiseach in March 2011 the outlook was bleak. A few months earlier, Ireland had entered an EU-IMF bailout programme necessary (...)

Simon Coveney “will struggle to shake off the ‘merchant prince’ tag, and there is a lingering sense that the somewhat reserved candidate does not have the ‘X-factor’ enjoyed by rival Leo Varadkar, who also has the perceived benefit of a Dublin base. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney and four of his siblings were on a Kennedyesque round-the-world sailing trip in March 1998, when terrible news from home changed their l(...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar: a career politician, whose drive and determination come with personal sacrifice. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fifteen years ago, a 23-year-old Leo Varadkar wrote to The Irish Times proposing a new system for electing the leader of Fine Gael. He, and the co-si(...)

The battle for Fine Gael leadership 1:45

With Enda Kenny stepping down as Fine Gael leader, the frontrunners to become the next leader of the party are Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar. Fiach K(...)

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