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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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Impartial Public Accounts Committee badly damaged by partisanship of the worst kind

POLITICS the world over is full of guff. Full of bluster, self-serving statements, can-kicking, lies, and murky hypocrisy. Our Irish brand of politics is no different.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Curious that Michael Noonan evades spotlight in light of 'Grace' inquiries

Finance Minister Michael Noonan is the subject of, or a material interested party, in three inquires — into the Grace foster abuse scandal; into the sale of Nama’s Northern Irish loan book, Project Eagle; and the inquiry into the sale of Siteserv by IBRC. Despite this, he has not been put under pressure about his role in these affairs or made to reflect on his position, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Is it ok to have a liar as Taoiseach?

Vindicated, Shatter can carry on. But for Kenny, the damage is more significant, writes Daniel McConnell, Political Editor

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Which Leo Varadkar would we see as leader?

Varadkar is being uncharacteristically cautious which begs the question would he maintain this
stance as leader or return to his fearless and maverick ways, writes Daniel McConnell.

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