“That looks to me like it's the only real option at the moment. So I think what we're now doing is a kind of a mating dance with a result - which looks like it's going to be a Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael coalition," he said.
Paschal Donohoe said Mr Murphy still has questions to answer after it was revealed that the former Cork North-Central TD claimed full Dáil expenses while also working in Brussels. However, as he is no longer a sitting TD, the Oireachtas Ethics Committee does not have any power to look into the matter.
As highlighted by your report (“Up to 80,000 homes exempt from property tax until 2021”, Irish Examiner, April 6), Fine Gael’s attitude to taxation displays utter indifference to fairness, and its failure to address the anomalies that the local property tax (LPT) has thrown up is a disgrace and may even be discriminatory.
Exactly what it said on the tin — that’s what Leo Varadkar has done in the year since he was elected as our Taoiseach, give or take a few diversions. He has delivered for parliamentary party colleagues who elected him on the basis that he would increase Fine Gael’s popularity, broaden the party’s appeal, and bring a good dollop of that elusive X factor.
He was a leader who put the nation first, a statesman who was never too busy to listen to others, a true patriot in a time of violence, and - ultimately - someone of genuine principle who has now been lost from our land
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