DANIEL MCCONNELL: Payback time for Enda as Leo rushes into crisis

The appointment of Máire Whelan as Attorney General was a parting shot from Enda Kenny that new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar handled poorly, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Leo Varadkar misses opportunity to show leadership

By failing to sack anyone in his first reshuffle, Leo Varadkar has opened himself up to accusations that he is not willing to make the tough calls and be ruthless when required, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Public service pay deal: Peace may be achieved but at a high price

Economists such as John Fitzgerald have correctly questioned the merit of returning to pre-crash pay levels in the first place, the political system here seems intent on capitulation on that point, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Please spare us your outrage and your anger

The State utterly failed to protect the taxpayer from the dangers of white-collar crime all the way along, so to Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin, please spare us your outrage and your anger, suggests Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Paschal Donohoe solidifies key position in the party

Donohoe has solidified his position as a central player in Fine Gael and is now in pole position to be a contender the next time a leadership contest is held, writes Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Fine Gael’s choice: A leader to win elections or one to run the country

Simon Coveney is viewed by some within the Fine Gael party as being the best candidate to run the country following the end of Enda Kenny’s tenure as Taoiseach, but the dilemma facing the party is that Leo Varadkar is viewed by others as being more likely to attract votes for Fine Gael, writes Daniel McConnell, Political Editor

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: A whole year of the current minority Government but precious little progress

For the most part, this ‘new’ politics isn’t working and, contrary to popular belief, it is not Ross and the other independents who have been found wanting at the Cabinet table, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Ireland’s future is under the EU spotlight

Not for the first time, Ireland looks like it will be centre-stage at this weekend’s meeting of European leaders in Brussels, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: We pay the price for Enda Kenny's leadership survival

Next Wednesday is a big day for Enda Kenny, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: High tide reached in water charges fiasco as TDs drown in war of words

The water charges issue has, since it emerged on the political agenda in earnest in late 2013 and early 2014, wreaked havoc on all who have sought to grapple with it, writes Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: A shameful episode that has left Noonan with self-inflicted wounds

In the wake of this latest debacle, Noonan stands a wounded figure within Fine Gael and Government with Cabinet colleagues openly admitting his influence is waning, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnel.

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