Kate O Connell

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Louise O’Reilly, Catherine Martin, Kate O’Connell, Norah Casey, Women for Election co-founder Niamh Gallagher, Fiona O’Loughlin  and Ivana Bacik at the Women for Election event.  Photograph:  Conor McCabe

The outcome of the general election was a vindication of the introduction of gender quotas, a seminar on women in politics was told on Thursday night.(...)

Water committee: its key test will be whether its recommendations will be in keeping with the EU  water framework directive.  Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Twenty Oireachtas members will sit on the committee examining the future of water charges. The committee, which will be chaired by Independent Senato(...)

Chaired by former Labour Relations chair Kevin Duffy, the commission recommends normal water usage should be paid through general taxation, with a charge for ’wasteful’ usage. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images

Fianna Fáil is to consider merging the property tax and water charges in a potential compromise. The Irish Times has learned party leader Micheál Mar(...)

Ever vigilant: Deputies   watched agog  as security men   guarded   the exits to the Members’ Bar while Minister of State at the Department of Defence  Paul Kehoe  went in for a sandwich. Photograph: Alan Betson

The morning after Donald Trump was elected, Minister of State Eoghan Murphy headed to Government Buildings for a pre-breakfast meeting with Michael No(...)

Gardasil, a vaccine against cervical cancer. Photograph: AFP/ Getty Images

Forty young Irish girls will die of cervical cancer as a result of falling vaccination rates against the disease, a Fine Gael TD has said. As few as (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has indicated that public sector workers could have their pay levels restored quicker than had been initially envisaged. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael must be careful that future public sector pay increases are affordable and do not compromise the potential for tax cuts and improved servic(...)

Senator David Norris on Budget 2017: “I think it is a complete and utter waste of time. It has been leaked for weeks.”

David Norris spoke for many on Tuesday afternoon after Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe performed the traditional reading of the budget leaks into t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD arrives at the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting in Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael’s general election campaign failed in a range of areas, including vision, empathy, planning, tactical positioning and communication, a repor(...)

Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny ordered the report which will be discussed at party think-in. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The author of a report ordered by Taoiseach Enda Kenny into Fine Gael’s poor election performance will outline nine recommendations on how the party (...)

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell and Pro-Life Campaign member Cora Sherlock debated the issue of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution on this week’s Irish Times ‘Inside Politics’ podcast. Photographs: The Irish Times & Twitter.

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell has claimed voters and politicians are complicit in the suffering of women by retaining the Eighth Amendment of the Consti(...)

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