DANIEL MCCONNELL: Fine Gael show united leadership on the surface but tensions underneath

The old saying goes, keep your friends close and your enemies closer, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: ‘Temporary little arrangement’ has always irritated Soldiers of Destiny

In 1989, then-finance minister and would-be taoiseach Albert Reynolds was eviscerated for dismissing Fianna Fáil’s coalition with the Progressive Democrats as a “temporary little arrangement”, writres Daniel McConell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Online abuse wider than one man

This is a problem far bigger than Barry Walsh, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Far from the baying mob, Independent Alliance members are getting things done

No doubt the Alliance are damaged but the gang of five have shown far more to justify their time in Government, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Decades of neglect left World Cup bid with too much ground to make up

Well, we got our backsides handed to us, and then some.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Could Robert Watt be in line for governor’s job at the second time of asking?

If there is any further dragging of heels by the banks, he must exercise the full range of powers at his disposal — and demand more from Donohoe if necessary, writes Daniel McConnell, Political Editor

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Bankers look to be untouchable, unteachable, impregnable

To those who played a role and were responsible for this scandal, you are probably unmoved by my outrage, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: How budget battles were won and lost

Five members of the Cabinet recount their experience of the process of Budget 2018, writes  Political Editor Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: #Budget18: Prudent Paschal on dry land with politically-proofed plan

While not an election budget, it could well be Paschal Donohoe’s final budget before we find ourselves at the polls, writes Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Paschal Donohoe faced with wall of unrealistic budget demands

Paschal Donohoe must deliver a budget singlehandedly for the first time with little or no money to give out. Yet, an endless stream of expectation lurks from every corner, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: No sexism in Varadkar dismissal of ‘cranky’ McDonald

“Our Taoiseach calling a female politician cranky... Not good,” was one message on Twitter on Wednesday evening.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Leo Varadkar turns his focus very much to the right

By lurching so sharply to the right, Leo Varadkar is gambling that he can secure enough of a mandate from those who get up early in the morning to lead the next Government, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: The wages of spin: Has anything changed in Leo Varadkar's first 100 days?

Leo Varadkar has a lot of help in shaping his image. The tax-funded resources dedicated to ‘spinning’ on his behalf are considerable.

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