DANIEL MCCONNELL: SF put the skids under Murphy but Government not ready to decamp

The threats from Sinn Féin about tabling such a motion appear to be mere sable-rattling ahead of their ard fheis in Belfast this weekend, writes Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: How do you talk to people who don’t know what they want?

HOW do you solve a problem like Boris and Theresa?

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Leo Varadkar basks in the limelight a year after coronation

Unlike Enda Kenny, John Bruton and Michael Noonan before him, Leo Varadkar is in total control of his party, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Forces of change always meet with resistance

Shane Ross’s Judicial Appointments Bill and bid to reform the way in which ‘unaccountable’ judges are appointed is meeting strong resistance from the opposition benches but also from within the Fine Gael ranks, writes Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Coveney breaks his silence on abortion U-turn

Simon Coveney has had a bruising few months, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: There’s no denying Mary Lou’s sex appeal

Mary Lou McDonald has that intangible X-factor that few others in politics have and has used all of her considerable skills — including her attractiveness — to climb the ranks of Sinn Féin in a relatively short time. Like Margaret Thatcher she has exploited her gender positively, making herself the obvious choice to succeed Gerry Adams, writes Daniel McConnell

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Old-school hostilities between Fine Gael and Sinn Féin disappearing fast

Cast your mind back to 2009, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Michael D Higgins to decide if there’s a presidential campaign

Last Sunday, the great and the good gathered on a cold and breezy O’Connell St for the annual Easter Rising commemoration, writes Daniel McConnell.

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DANIEL MCCONNELL: Martin may rue failure to effect change

The appointment of young Dublin West TD Jack Chambers was the sum total of change to the Fianna Fáil front bench in the reshuffle announced by Micheál Martin on Thursday, writes Daniel McConnell

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