Timing is everything in politics and Fine Gael’s timing is all wrong

Timing is everything in politics. There are signs that Fine Gael has got its timing badly wrong again in the run-up to local and European elections, now only nine days away.

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Fine Gael accused of 'fueling racism' through actions on housing and poverty

Speaking at the Social Justice Ireland event, Sinn Féin's Lynn Boylan claimed it is "only a matter of time" before the far-right gain traction in this country.

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'These things happen across all parties' - TD sent 'tricky questions' from activists during radio interview

Leaked WhatsApp messages show Fine Gael encouraged activists to send in 'tricky questions' to a radio station interviewing Michael Martin.

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Ministers demanded McGrath apology behind the scenes

Minister of state Finian McGrath’s climbdown on Sunday came after demands from Fine Gael ministers that he withdraw criticism of gardaí.

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Fine Gael courting the campaigners as election candidates

There was a time when securing a former county GAA player or other sports personality was a major coup for any political party.

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Sinn Féin Councillor hits out at Taoiseach for housing claims

Last night Leo Varadkar told Fine Gael members at the party's annual conference, that parties on the left and Sinn Féin were voting against new housing projects.

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Leo's criticisms were 'cheap, complete nonsense and have gone down very badly', FF claim

Michael McGrath, the Fianna Fail's finance spokesman hit back at Mr Varadkar saying they were ill-judged and lacked the appropriate respect, given their support allowed the Taoiseach to remain in office.

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Varadkar hits out at 'toxic' Sinn Féin and 'finger-wagging' Fianna Fáil

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has promised to increase the entry point to the higher rate of tax to €50,000 over the next five years should he be re-elected to office.

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'I am already working on Budget 2020': Donohoe rules out General Election this year

Speaking at the Fine Gael party conference in Wexford this morning, Mr Donohoe said he has already started on next year's budget.

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DUP MP to address Fine Gael National Conference this evening

Over 1,000 party members are attending the two-day event in Wexford, which ends with a televised address by the Taoiseach tonight.

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FG MEPs take credit for Orban suspension

Fine Gael’s seven MEP candidates have said they were to the fore in seeking the suspension of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban from their European party grouping.

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Taoiseach failing to connect with FG’s rural base

Fine Gael has gathered this weekend in Wexford for its second national conference in less than six months.

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Nearly 300 jobs created by Irish firms in US

Leo Varadkar met CEOs from both sides of the Atlantic at an event at the US chamber of commerce in Washington DC this morning.

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Taoiseach’s St Patrick’s trip to US delayed

The Taoiseach brought forward his departure to last night to avoid being in the air when the crucial votes in the House of Commons take place tonight but is taking a personal day in the States before his formal programme commences.

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Confidence-supply no longer ensures government stability

Resignations and defections have changed the Dáil voting arithmetic, so that non-aligned Independents now hold the balance of power, says Dr Michael Harty

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Fine Gael set up group to increase presence in North

Fine Gael have set up a dedicated group to increase the party’s presence in Northern Ireland. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the establishment of the Northern Ireland engagement group at a meeting of the Fine Gael party last night.

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We must address terrorism and people smuggling, Taoiseach tells EU-Arab League summit

Leo Varadkar made the comments as he said there is a clear need to address terrorism, people smuggling and to improve living conditions on both sides of the Mediterranean if the problems are to be tackled.

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Ireland lagging behind other EU countries on asthma mortality

Senator Catherine Noone said Ireland should strive to improve its record on treating the condition.

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Taoiseach 'not playing chicken' over Brexit as May delays vote in Commons

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned British prime minister Theresa May Ireland is "not playing chicken, not playing poker" over Brexit after Ms May delayed a crucial House of Commons vote on the deal until just days before the EU-UK divorce date.

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Fianna Fáil 'taken aback' at Simon Harris' comments on CervicalCheck team

The Taoiseach has been forced to defend the Minister for Health after he was accused of trying to "destroy the reputation" of the CervicalCheck team.

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Government may set up independent inquiry into failings in children's audiology services

The HSE has been forced to apologise to around 60 families in the west of Ireland after they failed to provide proper services to children with hearing difficulties.

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Taoiseach's personal satisfaction rating remains below 40%

The Sunday Times Behaviour and Attitudes poll shows Leo Varadkar up one point to 39% - level with Labour Leader Brendan Howlin who's also up one to 39%.

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Fine Gael fears local election backlash over health crises

Frustrated Fine Gael politicians have lashed out at Government leaders over the health crisis amid ongoing criticism about the nurses’ strikes and the national children’s hospital scandal.

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Brexit and climate change to dominate Fine Gael party meeting

The Fine Gael parliamentary party will hold a meeting this afternoon to plan for the new Dáil term.

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Possible rise in Local Property Tax will only be 'modest', Taoiseach insists

Speaking on Monday in Dublin, Mr Varadkar made it clear that a sharp rise in house prices will not lead to spikes in LPT bills from next year.

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Is Shane Ross the ghost of Christmas future?

Put yourself in the shoes of the following person. You are elderly, making your way cautiously through autumnal years. You live alone. You are highly security conscious, because even though you reside in one of the more salubrious enclaves of the State, you have been repeatedly told that your area is a crime-ridden hellhole. You don’t answer the door to strangers.

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Fine Gael election candidate calls for poster ban ahead of poll

Senator Paudie Coffey, has called on parties and politicians from across the political divide to unite in calling for a ban on election posters.

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Fine Gael targeting seat gains in Munster ahead of election

Fine Gael is targeting key constituencies across Munster as they aim to win 15 more seats after the next general election.

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Fine Gael ministers accused of egging on claims Shane Ross is anti-rural

Fine Gael ministers were accused by a Cabinet colleague yesterday of “egging on” a belief that Transport Minister Shane Ross is “anti-rural Ireland” in a heated discussion on proposed new road traffic measures.

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Minister asked to subsidise meals for small farmers and pensioners

A Fianna Fail TD’s Christmas wish that the Government would provide small farmers or pensioners with vouchers to subsidise their meals in local restaurants was dashed last week.

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Fine Gael just can’t get ‘posh boy’ jibe out of its head

Last August 24, this newspaper led with a story under the headline “Fine Gael fears ‘posh boy’ image will kill hopes in election”, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell

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New poll sees Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil gain support

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have seen their support rise, according to the latest opinion poll.

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Latest: Govt hits out at 'Mystic Micheál' Martin's comments

The Government has attacked "mystic" Micheál Martin claiming he can read the minds of Fine Gael Ministers but refuses to provide any clarity on confidence and supply himself.

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Leo Varadkar floats €3bn tax plan but rules out early election

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has ruled out a snap general election despite floating plans for a €3bn tax strategy to pay back middle-income families.

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Leo Varadkar kickstarts Fine Gael’s election campaign as tax cuts are pledged

Leo Varadkar has kickstarted Fine Gael’s election campaign by pledging five years of income tax cuts if he is returned as Taoiseach.

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Ministers insist Fine Gael is ‘election-ready’ with posters waiting

A chorus of Fine Gael ministers has insisted the party is “election-ready”, with posters set to be printed at any time.

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Troops nearly ready for battle, but is Ireland?

Party leader Leo Vardakar keeps insisting (at least on RTÉ) there will be no early election. Trouble is, someone forgot to tell the troops at the ard fheis, writes Juno McEnroe.

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Martin hits out at Fine Gael ministers' 'juvenile' election comments

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin hit out at “juvenile” comments from Fine Gael ministers who he accused of angling for an early General Election.

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Varadkar pledges income tax cuts if re-elected as Taoiseach

Leo Varadkar has kickstarted Fine Gael's election campaign by pledging to cut income tax more if returned as Taoiseach, as he attacked the opposition for boom and bust economics of the past.

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Harris says election likely unless Fianna Fáil extend Confidence and Supply deal

Health Minister Simon Harris has joined the chorus of Fine Gael ministers who have threatened a general election unless Fianna Fáil sign up to a deal to extend the life of the minority government.

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UUP: Fine Gael having a 'poke in the eye of unionists' with Brexit remarks

Unionists visited the Fine Gael Ard Fheis this weekend and told ministers in a debate on the North that a bad deal would be “catastrophic” for all concerned.

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My focus is on Brexit, not an election, Leo Varadkar says

Simon Coveney had earlier insisted Fine Gael is ‘election ready’ and is not taking a extended confidence-and-supply deal for granted.

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Government has ‘no hidden agenda’ on Brexit

Speaking at the opening of the Fine Gael conference in City West, Dublin, the Foreign Affairs Minister praised European negotiators and also sought to deny accusations about Ireland’s agenda.

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Tánaiste: British MPs must choose between Brexit plan or 'chaos'

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has told rebellious British MPs to choose between the Brexit deal or chaos "which potentially triggers a series of events that unravels the whole Brexit project itself".

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Brexit to dominate agenda at Fine Gael Ard Fheis

The Fine Gael Ard Fheis is underway this evening in Dublin, with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar opening the conference with a welcoming address.

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There should be no general election until 2020, says Eoghan Murphy

Fine Gael says a general election should not occur before the summer of 2020.

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Fine Gael: Fianna Fáil must cost proposals for confidence and supply arrangement

Fine Gael wants Fianna Fáil to cost any proposals the party brings forward when renewing the confidence and supply arrangement.

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Government's indecision as a survival policy

It is not hard to imagine, at Leinster House, Sir Humphrey whispering in nervous ministerial ears this morning: “Steady, minister, there’s no need to rush a difficult decision. There’ll be an election along soon enough; you’ve done more than enough...” What a comfort that must be to a minister with a difficult in-box.

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Peter Fitzpatrick: I will support the Govt Budget if it helps the ‘squeezed middle’

Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick has attacked Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for isolating him since becoming leader in his resignation statement from Fine Gael.

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Spouse killers to be barred from profiting from sale of family home

A husband or wife who kills their spouse will be unable to benefit financially from selling the family home under strict new laws set to be introduced by the Government.

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Communications panel to probe broadband bid

Communications Minister Denis Naughten will today face the first of two public hearings over how a consortium involving businessman Denis O’Brien became the only bidder for the Government’s national broadband plan.

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Biggest funding slice for minister Michael Ring’s county

The constituency of Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring got almost one eighth of the national pot of money from a recreation scheme funded by his department.

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Coroners support body parts database proposed by senator Colm Burke

Coroners have given their backing for a new proposal that would see the creation of a central database for unidentified bodies and body parts in the hope of speedier identification.

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Brendan Griffin wanted a Fine Gael ticket with GAA legend Colm Cooper

Junior minister for sport Brendan Griffin has said he and former Kerry footballer Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper would have made a great full-forward line for Fine Gael in the next general election after reports that the five-time All-Ireland winner has ruled out being on the ticket for Fine Gael in the five-seater Kerry constituency.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ‘not contemplating’ Sinn Fein deal

The Taoiseach is “not contemplating” a confidence and supply deal with Sinn Féin or other parties if a new agreement cannot be reached with Fianna Fáil.

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Eoghan Murphy: There were crazier ideas than fake online accounts

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has said the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his team thought of worse things than setting up fake Facebook accounts during his leadership campaign.

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Varadkar denies trying to force early election

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sharply rejected Fianna Fáil accusations he is seeking to force an election before Christmas.

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Germany lends backing to Coveney over stance on post-Brexit border

Avoiding a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is a top priority for Germany and all EU countries, Germany’s foreign minister has said.

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