Election 2016

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 Independent TD John Halligan during  talks for government at Government Buildings, Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

An Independent TD who has also been appointed a Minister of State secured millions in extra funding to extend a runway at his local airport as part of(...)

Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly: “Many people cannot understand why we start every day with a prayer.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Newly-elected Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly said she found it “incredible’’ that Leinster House has two bars. The building has a public bar for membe(...)

Sinn Fein spokesman on water Eoin Ó Broin said the figures released by Irish Water yesterday, which showed a dramatic fall in payment, displayed the opposition to the charges. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin will force Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to vote together next week when they table a motion calling for the abolition of Irish Water. The par(...)

 Catherine Murphy TD: calling for an essential “cultural shift to answer questions fully”, she said the change was not just about TDs and Ministers but also the Civil Service. Photograph: Alan Betson

There must be a “cultural shift” by Government departments and State agencies to answer questions fully, if the new politics of a divergent Dáil is to(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald with new junior ministers at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has increased the number of junior ministers from 15 to 18 and allocated four of them to the Department of Health. A total of 1(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and  the new junior Ministers at Government Buildings in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Junior Ministers. They are hatched in special pods in the basement of Government Buildings and come out fully formed and on-message when the election (...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin. File photograph: Maxpix/Julien Behal

The current lack of productivity and instability in our politics is only in part a consequence of the unprecedented outcome of the election, it also a(...)

By appointing 18 junior ministers, Enda Kenny has stretched the toleration point to its limits, and possibly beyond. All the more so because 15 of the Ministers of State are from his own party, Fine Gael. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

As Taoiseach Enda Kenny reeled off the list of new Ministers of State in the Dáil on Thursday evening, it wasn’t the individual names that commanded m(...)

Paschal Donohoe, the former transport minister, took over the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform from Labour’s Brendan Howlin, in the formation of the coalition government. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has said the economy is growing because Fine Gael was able to get the public finances under control and(...)

Fine Gael TDs Seán Kyne and Eoghan Murphy were among those named new Ministers of State. Photographs: Fine Gael

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s decision to increase the number of junior ministers from 15 to 18 has been strongly criticised by outgoing Labour leader Joan B(...)

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