Jody Corcoran: Is this as good as it gets? For the first time, Varadkar is vulnerable
Jody CorcoranThe most hackneyed phrase in politics, when it comes to general elections anyway, is that 'it's the economy, stupid'.
Born on the 24th April 1951, Enda Kenny is an Irish politician. He is the former leader of the Fine Gael Party and served as the Taoiseach of Ireland from 2011 to 2017.
Jody CorcoranThe most hackneyed phrase in politics, when it comes to general elections anyway, is that 'it's the economy, stupid'.
Gabrielle MonaghanWhen then Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited the White House in March 2017 for the...
Allison BrayFORMER Taoiseach Enda Kenny made a surprise appearance at a charity polo...
Kevin Doyle, Group Political EditorFORMER Taoiseach Enda Kenny launched an unprecedented attack on the British...
Philip RyanThere are no friends in politics or, at least, very few. It's not a team sport. It's...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny has paid tribute to party colleague and former mayor of Castlebar Brendan Heneghan, who has died aged 53.
Philip Ryan There is strong support in favour of a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, according to a poll.
Jody Corcoran Fine Gael has increased its support by 10 points since the last general election and now has an eight-point lead over Fianna Fail, according to the latest Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll.
Colette Browne No, you're not suffering from déjà vu. Those comments you heard from Health Minister Simon Harris last week about the trolley crisis sounded familiar because you've heard them all before.
In a recent episode of the RTÉ radio comedy Callan's Kicks, Leo Varadkar and some cabinet ministers go out to a pub for pre-Christmas drinks. The Taoiseach remarks that he cannot see his Tánaiste anywhere, which as it turns out is because he has just...
Kevin Doyle I won't be doing a Theresa May, you can be sure of that. Those were the words of Leo Varadkar in an interview with the Sunday Independent shortly after he was elected as the country's youngest ever leader.
Majella O'Sullivan It went a long way towards righting a grave wrong, but while Commandant Pat Quinlan went to his grave bearing the "stigma of cowardice", he has always been honoured as a hero in his home county and by the men who served with him.
Caroline Crawford FORMER Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be awarded an honorary doctorate by NUI Galway later this month.
Philip Ryan Internal Fine Gael tensions sparked by the leadership contest were reignited at the party's annual think-in during an after-dinner speech by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Eilis O'Hanlon Leo Varadkar spent 25 minutes on the phone to the Egyptian President last week, discussing the case of Ibrahim Halawa, the young man who's now spent four years in prison after being...
Bill Linnane The country was thrown into consternation back in 2011 when Enda Kenny was pictured attending a meeting in Brussels with what appeared to be a small brick in his hand. On further scrutiny, it turned out to be a Nokia 6210, a remnant of a bygone age when Nokia phones roamed the earth like cumbersome dinosaurs,...
Kevin Doyle As Taoiseach, Enda Kenny operated a revolving mantelpiece in his office, often changing the photographs on display depending on which international politician was in town.
Fearghal O'Connor "Grab my balls," says Lottoland's Irish head Graham Ross, his voice rising with obvious relish as we sit drinking coffee in a busy Dublin coffee shop. Ross laughs at the catchline of a provocative...
Kim Bielenberg Ballaghaderreen is a town in the west of Ireland that is determined to fight back.
Niall O'Connor European leaders should draw lessons from the Irish Government's crackdown on gangland crime in Dublin's north inner city as they begin the Brexit negotiations, according to Enda Kenny.
Shane Coleman The controversy over Máire Whelan's appointment brings to mind Mary Harney's famous line about the worst days in government being better than the best days in opposition.
Gene Kerrigan May God forgive me for what I'm about to inflict on you, but in a moment it will be necessary to replicate some praise for our new Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. It won't take long and you might even enjoy it, in a quirky, masochistic sort of way.
Jody Corcoran In 20 years of reporting on the formation of governments, I have yet to witness an occasion when all have been entirely pleased with the choices made by any Taoiseach.
Maeve Sheehan Enda Kenny fired his parting shot at the end of his final Cabinet meeting as Taoiseach. He is believed to have primed his Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, shortly before the meeting began.
Niall O'Connor and Cormac McQuinn The Independent Alliance's members of Cabinet are meeting this evening to discuss the fallout from the Maire Whelan "cronyism" affair.
Cormac McQuinn A row has erupted over the government's nomination of former Attorney General Máire Whelan to become a judge on the Court of Appeal.
Letters to the Editor On his very first day, Leo Varadkar has insulted the hardworking people of Ireland by saying that he has no doubt that, only for Enda Kenny, the country as we know it would not be here today.
Philip Ryan So remind me why Fine Gael unceremoniously ousted Enda Kenny as party leader?
Shane Phelan The Attorney General Máire Whelan SC is set to become a judge of the Court of Appeal, paving the way for a new Fine Gael appointment.
After leading Ireland through a monumental crisis, Enda Kenny left the stage with little drama.
Denise Calnan Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said he "probably will" miss Enda Kenny as the Mayo TD steps down as leader of the country.
Kevin Doyle The day has finally come for Enda Kenny to step down as Taoiseach and as he makes the trip to the Aras to hand over his resignation letter to President Michael D Higgins, Independent.ie Political...
Kevin Doyle and John Downing Taoiseach Enda Kenny took just seven minutes to sign off from his six years and three month stint as leader of the Irish Government.
Enda Kenny's journey from obscurity to international renown was an unlikely one.
John Downing As Taoiseach Enda Kenny finally bids adieu to the highest political office in the land, here is everything you need to know about how the day will unfold.
Rebecca Lumley The UK Government attempted to halt a declaration that would allow Northern Ireland to automatically rejoin the EU in the event of a unity referendum in Ireland, before a meeting of EU leaders in...
Kevin Doyle Enda Kenny has heaped pressure on embattled Theresa May in what is likely to be his last major act as Taoiseach.
Kevin Doyle BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May has said she is looking forward to a “close working relationship” with Leo Varadkar.
Sarah Collins As Leo Varadkar laid the ground for his imminent appointment as Taoiseach, the incumbent leader, Enda Kenny, laid wreaths for Ireland's World War I dead.
The Duke of Cambridge and Enda Kenny will later pay solemn tribute to soldiers from Ireland's unionist and nationalist army divisions who fought side-by-side in the First World War.
Hilary Shenfeld Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said his successor Leo Varadkar will have his full support, but he has no concrete plans for his own future.
Ajai Chopra I first met Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Finance Minister Michael Noonan on November 25, 2010, when they were still members of the Opposition. As an early election seemed inevitable, meeting...
Shane Coleman This morning next week, Leo Varadkar should be travelling into Government Buildings for his first full day's work as Taoiseach. It's a huge challenge. A good start is essential. Brian Cowen and Albert...
Daniel O'Connor In one of his last acts as Taoiseach, Enda Kenny will travel to the United States for a two-day trade mission.
Think back six years, when Ireland was battling with the impact of the financial crisis and the darkness of the economic downturn. Since 2011, the United States has invested more in your country than it had in the previous 56 years. The United States was...
The Dail canteen at 10am in the morning would seem like an unlikely place for the passing of the torch between two of the country's most venerable politicians.
Melanie Finn It is called the Glastonbury of gardening. So it was little wonder that RTÉ's Joe Duffy was mobbed like a headline act when he did an outdoor broadcast of his Radio 1 show at the Bloom festival.
By Kameron Virk Ireland is on the cusp of electing its first gay premier after the ruling Fine Gael party revealed its new leader, Leo Varadkar. Who is Leo Varadkar?
Ireland is on the cusp of electing its first gay premier after the ruling Fine Gael party revealed its new leader Leo Varadkar.
'That's a pretty novel question for the day that's in it."
Outgoing Taoiseach Enda Kenny has used his final appearance at Leaders' Questions to dish out some advice to his successor.
Philip Ryan OUTGOING Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted he has “absolutely no regrets” over appointing Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney to Cabinet as he prepares to step down as Fine Gael leader.
Kevin Doyle Leo Varadkar sought a series of guarantees from the Taoiseach if he was to continue as health minister after last year's General Election, the Irish Independent has learned.
Brian Carroll Notes and emails between Sheryl Sandberg and Enda Kenny reveal how the Taoiseach forged a bond with perhaps the world’s most powerful business woman.
Brian Carroll Facebook chief, Sheryl Sandberg, personally lobbied the Taoiseach at one-to-one meetings and in correspondence, on who would be appointed as Ireland’s next Data Protection Commissioner.
Editorial When the Taoiseach travels to a country with a questionable human rights record, there have usually, and quite rightly, been serious questions about what he has done during the visit to address this core issue.
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Enda Kenny is refusing to outline his relationship with a former Fine Gael councillor who has been nominated to be a Circuit Court judge.
Conor Feehan Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the Manchester bombing as an attack on "innocence and happiness".
Shane Coleman Politics is a brutal business. From the moment Enda Kenny told the parliamentary party meeting of his intention to stand down as Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach, he was yesterday's man. The sadness among colleagues was no doubt genuine, but everywhere in the room minds quickly turned to choosing his successor. The King is...
Philip Ryan Taoiseach Enda Kenny promised us a democratic revolution - a complete overhaul of the political system the likes of which we'd never seen before. The Ireland of the past would be banished to the history books and the country would become an unrecognisable haven of forward-thinking governance.
Ed Brophy Hurrying from the Tanaiste's office, I glance at my phone and see he's been on again. After years wandering the corridors of power, it's still surreal to look at your missed calls list and see "An Taoiseach" at the top.
Eoin O'Malley June 2010 was the turning point. It was the making of Enda Kenny.
Gene Kerrigan For politicians in heat, words are dust to be thrown in the eyes of others, while they position themselves for victory. And during any election, truth is a handicap. So, never mind what they say,...
Ralph Riegel HOUSING Minister Simon Coveney has said this evening should Leo Varadkar win the Fine Gael leadership he would shake his hand - and maybe even give him a hug.
Ralph Riegel and Philip Ryan HOUSING Minister Simon Coveney is holding strategy meetings with his closest advisors amid mounting pressure for him to end his Fine Gael leadership bid given the near unassailable lead already...
Kevin Doyle It was a day after his 36th birthday in January 2015 when a casually dressed Leo Varadkar arrived at RTÉ for a long overdue appointment.
Editorial If he runs the Government as well as he is running his campaign for the Fine Gael leadership, then Leo Varadkar would be a formidable taoiseach and a huge electoral asset to his party in the next general election.
John Downing Michael Noonan had led Fine Gael to its worst electoral calamity since 1944 when he told the nation on May 18, 2002, that he was quitting as party leader.
Sasha Brady As Enda Kenny steps down from his long-serving role as Taoiseach, we look back on some of his more awkward moments. The ones that made us spit out our tea in fits of giggles.
The battle to be the next taoiseach has come down to Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney as both camps put on a show of strength on day one of the Fine Gael leadership contest.
Cormac McQuinn and Nicola Anderson TAOISEACH Enda Kenny said "Je ne regrette rien" as he arrived at Dublin Castle for a Department of Health event, hours after he stepped down as leader of Fine Gael.
Mandy Johnston What Enda Kenny may have lacked in political imagination and vision he has made up for in sheer staying power.
Ivan Yates Any review of Enda Kenny's political career, achievements, persona, failings or character, must start and finish with his best ever decision - to marry Ms Fionnuala O'Kelly in 1992. As Fine Gael...
Independent.ie Newsdesk There has been a Kenny representing Mayo in Dáil Éireann since May 1954. Many in Mayo politics expect that the "family firm" will continue through a new generation - but none of that is certain.
Kevin Doyle Enda Kenny's 15-year reign as Fine Gael leader ended at midnight but he will stay on in an acting capacity until June.
Cormac McQuinn and Niall O'Connor International leaders, political allies and enemies alike marked Taoiseach Enda Kenny's departure as Fine Gael leader last night.
Kevin Doyle And now he's gone, they love him all the more. In fact, they love him so much, why don't they keep him?
Kevin Doyle An emotional Enda Kenny asked 'is it ok if I go now?' as he slipped out of the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting within minutes of announcing his resignation.
Enda Kenny - and his family - has been a significant figure in Irish politics for decades
John Downing During his first election campaign, in October 1975, Enda Kenny marched into Ballinrobe at nightfall flanked by men holding aloft pitchforks with blazing sods of turf.
Martina Devlin A tidal wave of dismay and anger about the economic collapse swept Enda Kenny into office. No surprise there. But what proved unexpected during his tenure were his dealings with the Catholic...
John Downing History will very probably judge Enda Kenny more positively than many contemporary commentators and even many of his own party colleagues.
Fionnan Sheahan Doheny and Nesbitt, that well-known watering hole just around the corner from Leinster House and Government Buildings, was the scene for a latter-day celebration, akin to the Captain's table on...
Amy Molloy and Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Enda Kenny will end his 15-year tenure as Fine Gael leader at midnight tonight and world leaders have paid tribute to his political career.
Tributes to Enda Kenny have ranged from supporters heralding him as an outstanding leader to opponents praising his years of service.
Kevin Doyle Leo Varadkar has described Enda Kenny as “an extraordinary Taoiseach and Fine Gael’s most successful leader ever” while the other main contender Simon Coveney has called Mr Kenny "a...
Enda Kenny was an unlikely leader handed the reins of power during one of Ireland's most tumultuous economic upheavals.
Ireland will have a new Taoiseach in June after Enda Kenny quit as leader of his party.
Kevin Doyle HE has been in the media quite a bit over recent years, of course, but there are a few things about the outgoing Taoiseach that may still come as a surprise.
Kevin Doyle THE outgoing Taoiseach is well-known for telling stories but the veracity of them often don’t stand-up.
Kevin Doyle As Enda Kenny finally announces his intentions to step down as Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael, Independent.ie Political Editor Kevin Doyle looks back on a career that few expected to reach...
John Downing and Kathy Armstrong AFTER months of speculation Enda Kenny has announced that he is stepping down as leader of Fine Gael.
Kevin Doyle Being Taoiseach takes up "practically every waking hour of your day", Enda Kenny has said ahead of his anticipated announcement on stepping down.
John Downing In the inevitable nasty game of "pass-the-parcel" after Fine Gael's 2016 big election fall, a huge dollop of blame was with some justification allotted to Enda Kenny.
Niall O'Connor Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted he has "no evidence that a minister was phone tapping for constituency reasons".
Cormac McQuinn and Kevin Doyle Leo Varadkar will push to keep the North in the EU single market as a part of his Brexit strategy should he win the contest to succeed Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.
Brendan O'Connor As U2 kicked off their The Joshua Tree world tour in North America this weekend, Taoiseach and avid air guitar aficionado Enda Kenny has announced that, inspired by the band, he has decided to go Stateside again this summer for one final revisiting of past glories. Enda's All That You Can't Leave Behind US Tour will kick off in...
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be in the United States on an official trip as ballots are counted to select his successor.
Colm Kelpie Greater clarity is needed from the UK about how it sees its future relationship with the EU, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.
Kevin Doyle and Niall O'Connor A new leader of Fine Gael will be elected over the June bank holiday weekend - after Taoiseach Enda Kenny finally signalled a date for stepping down.
Kevin Doyle Burglars who attacked a 94-year-old man with his own walking stick have been described as “scumbags” and “thugs” in the Dáil.
Niall O'Connor Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Finance Minister Michael Noonan were forced to intervene in a bid to defuse a Cabinet row over Ireland's UN voting record.
Laura Larkin and Cormac McQuinn Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that Brexit is "bad for Britain, for Europe and for Ireland".
John Downing Fine Gael leadership contender Leo Varadkar has brushed aside claims by Fianna Fáil that he is "using" promises of pension reform to push his own party leadership campaign.
Philip Ryan Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been told that if he does not step down as leader before the second week of June he risks causing internal chaos for Fine Gael officials tasked with organising the leadership...
Gene Kerrigan Yesterday, Enda Kenny's second government was a year in office. And, about two weeks ago, Enda finally managed to beat John A Costello's record and become the longest-serving Fine Gael...
Kevin Doyle The explosive leak that gave us an insight into the Brexit dinner between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker this week was a rare treat.
Niall O'Connor Bealtaine, Enda Kenny explained, is that time of year when Irish people look ahead to the start of something new.
Ivan Yates Monday night, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield - after several shots in the concluding frame, both Mark Selby and John Higgins looked at each other, nodded; the balls had configured so as to yield...
Niall O'Connor in Toronto TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has admitted that he did not expressly raise the issue of women's rights during a trade mission to Saudi Arabia.
Niall O'Connor in Toronto TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has said the issue of his leadership and the future of Fine Gael are not up for discussion while he is abroad on trade missions.
Kathy Armstrong THE public has the right to know how we voted on the membership of Saudi Arabia in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Government Minister Shane Ross has said.
Niall O'Connor IT was a day that began with laughter and curious questions over Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's choice of sock.
Niall O'Connor Taoiseach Enda Kenny became visibly irritated at the media's questions over his leadership during a conference with the Canadian Prime Minister in Montreal.
Niall O’Connor IRISH emigrants who moved to Canada were forced to adopt “French sounding names” so as to avoid detection by the British, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.
Shane Coleman Nobody could ever accuse a government led by Enda Kenny of under-selling its achievements. A self-congratulatory tone (sometimes justified, sometimes less so) has been ever-present since Fine...
Sarah Collins Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night ruled out a national vote on Irish unity saying the conditions for a referendum do not currently exist.
An EU declaration that Northern Ireland could resume EU membership in the event of a united Ireland is "hugely important" but it does not bring a border poll any closer, the Taoiseach has said.
John Downing In fairness to Enda Kenny, his last deviation into EU victory rhetoric came at 4am after marathon talks in Brussels.
Ed Carty, Press Association AN Irishman jailed in Egypt for four years without trial has written an impassioned plea to Taoiseach Enda Kenny for his release after seeing another inmate being freed.
Letters to the Editor Sir - Recent reports have revealed the most horrendous cruelty to cattle exported live.
Eoin O'Malley Theresa May's decision to call an early election in the UK can hardly be described as a gamble. With the Conservatives 20 points ahead in the polls and the Labour party led by a grumpy old Marxist, even...
Cormac McQuinn Taoiseach Enda Kenny has given his clearest signal yet that he will spell out a departure date as Fine Gael leader after next Saturday's crunch EU Council meeting.
Cormac McQuinn Political Correspondent in the Hague TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has said he'll make his intentions about his future leadership of Fine Gael "very clear" once he's "happy" with the ground rules for the EU's negotiating position on Brexit.
Cormac McQuinn TAOISEACH Enda Kenny is today meeting with the prime ministers of the Netherlands and Denmark, two of the other EU countries expected to be worst hit by the impact of Brexit.
Kevin Doyle Day 2,234 in the Taoiseach's office and Enda Kenny has set a new record.
Kevin Doyle IT didn't take long for Theresa May's announcement about the UK's snap election to to trigger speculation about what the news would mean for Taoiseach Enda Kenny's timeline for stepping down as...
Kevin Doyle Theresa May has decided that in order to make things better, they'll have to get worse first. As she stunned her own MPs, and even more so those in opposition, the British Prime Minister said: "I...
David Young Former justice minister Alan Shatter has heavily criticised Taoiseach Enda Kenny, accusing him of losing his moral compass in a desire to cling to power.
Former justice minister Alan Shatter has heavily criticised Taoiseach Enda Kenny, accusing him of losing his moral compass in a desire to cling to power.
Philip Ryan FORMER Justice Minister Alan Shatter has launched a scathing attack on Taoiseach Enda Kenny, accusing him of “misuse of power” and putting his own political survival ahead of his party and the country.
Philip Ryan Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter has delivered a scathing critique of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, accusing him of "misuse of power" and putting his own political survival before the good of Fine Gael and the stability of the country.
Catherine Devine Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called a security meeting today to discuss Ireland's national security after Sweden and Germany's recent terrorist attack.
Philip Ryan and Niall O'Connor Fine Gael has been told political reforms which could boost its chances ahead of a general election cannot be put in place until a new leader is appointed.
John Downing Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan was wrongly forced out of his job, the findings of an official inquiry have shown, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has argued.
Colm Kelpie Taoiseach Enda Kenny is blaming upcoming public sector pay hikes for a lack of funds to cut income taxes.
Enda Kenny has denied he panicked and forced the resignation of the country's Garda chief over revelations of unlawful telephone recording systems at stations country-wide.
John Downing GARDA Commissioner Martin Callinan was wrongly forced out of his job the findings of an official inquiry have now shown, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said today.
Philip Ryan Supporters of Housing Minister Simon Coveney believe he could increase his chances of becoming the next Fine Gael leader if he secured the public support of Finance Minister Michael Noonan.
Eilis O'Hanlon The Social Democrats were mocked for being a party with three TDs and three leaders.
Cormac McQuinn TAOISEACH Enda Kenny will today meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel as part of his campaign to highlight Irish concerns over Brexit.
John Downing The final report into the alleged tapping of phone calls to garda stations is to be published this week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Donegal fans didn't leave Castlebar empty handed today despite a two point defeat to Mayo.
Eoin O'Malley It's April 2017 and Enda Kenny is still Taoiseach. The only fools this April are those of us who thought he'd be gone by now. The Irish political battlefield is littered with the bodies of those who...
Colette Browne How many times will the Taoiseach and the Justice Minister be forced to express confidence in the Garda Commissioner before that confidence evaporates?
John Downing Last time Taoiseach Enda Kenny began moves which led to the replacement of a Garda Commissioner, it started a chain reaction. It was followed by the loss of a secretary general in the...
Cormac McQuinn and Gavin McLoughlin Michael Noonan does a good routine in folksiness. When the European Commission said Ireland had given Apple a sweetheart tax deal, Noonan said collecting the billions supposedly owed would...
Mandy Johnson Legacies of departing leaders are not always obvious or sympathetic. But with the fullness of time, if it is deserved, public acclimation will fight its way through the contemporary fog of...
Sean Duffy Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has revealed she is giving "serious consideration" to running for the Fine Gael leadership when Taoiseach Enda Kenny eventually steps down.
Fionnán Sheahan Enda Kenny knows exactly how he is going to stand down. He has it all planned out down to the final detail.
Alan O'Keeffe Ireland went all out to score 'bonus points' in the bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 today.
Kevin Doyle Fine Gael is “pretty relaxed” about the when Enda Kenny steps down as leader, Housing Minister Simon Coveney has said.
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed that he intends to stay in office until at least the end of April.
Niall O'Connor and Ralph Riegel The Cabinet is split over when Enda Kenny should step down as Taoiseach, with one of his closest allies urging him to remain in place until June.
Colette Browne Enda Kenny is receiving international acclaim for lecturing US President Donald Trump on the value of immigration, but his fine words ring hollow when his Government continues to warehouse...
Niall O’Connor, Ralph Riegel and John Downing THERE is a "destabilising force" within the Government because Fine Gael politicians have not fully accepted last year’s general election result.
Niamh Horan White House press secretary and communications director Sean Spicer stokes the embers of a fire into a steady flame then settles into the leather chair.
John Downing and Ralph Riegel Enda Kenny will not delay his departure as Fine Gael leader - and could step down in May.
John Downing Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stolen a march on would-be rebels who are now perplexed by his insistence that he is in no rush to stand down.
John Downing Anybody out there know the old cowboy ditty 'Hang Me From A Gooseberry Tree'? It tells of a condemned horse thief given the grim option of choosing the tree from which he will hang.
Eoin O'Malley A man with one of the hardest necks in politics met the one with the thinnest skin in Washington last week, and it passed off without incident.
Sarah Carey I was busy last week. Like most people. I raced between domestics and school pick-ups and meetings. In the background, blipping into my consciousness, were snippets of the Taoiseach's visit to Washington.
Cormac McQuinn Leo Varadkar has said Taoiseach Enda Kenny's "successful" trip to the United States shouldn't be "marred" by talk of the upcoming Fine Gael leadership contest.
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Enda Kenny is trying to stall the Fine Gael leadership race until he can deal with the "immediate priorities" of Northern Ireland and Brexit.
Editorial Did he get carried away by all the attention in Washington?
The week began with Enda Kenny's headline-grabbing news that there'll be a referendum to allow Irish citizens abroad to vote in Presidential elections. The recycled announcement made headlines because it was delivered to an audience of mostly Irish-Americans...
Niall O'Connor Taoiseach Enda Kenny has staunchly defended Ireland's membership of the European Union as he described Brexit as a solely "British policy".
Kevin Doyle Enda Kenny must be feeling pretty smug today. After a week of police escorts, executive hotel suites, high-powered meetings and endless selfies with overly enthusiastic Americans, he will be a...
Jason O'Brien Sean Spicer was really hoping to enjoy St Patrick's Day, but that was proving difficult.
Businessman and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has praised Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny for urging Donald Trump to help the US's undocumented immigrants.
Catherine Devine The Taoiseach's speech on immigration has received global recognition for 'lecturing' US President Trump on immigration.
Kevin Doyle Forming a new government in Northern Ireland and setting the terms for Brexit negotiations take precedence over the Fine Gael leadership, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.
Catherine Devine and Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Enda Kenny received global recognition for his speech about Irish immigration last night in Washington.
Ireland's premier has indicated he will not announce any retirement plans until political uncertainty in Northern Ireland is addressed and the EU's negotiating stance on Brexit is agreed.
Jason O'Brien For Enda Kenny, the shoulder-punching, twinkle-eyed, 'embarrassing uncle' persona that infuriates many at home was the perfect cover for an unexpected but welcome show of principle.
Kevin Doyle America gets Enda Kenny. They love jokes like the one about the man in Cork who gave out to him for "blocking up Irish roads with people going to work".
Kevin Doyle US Vice-President Mike Pence has lavished praise on Taoiseach Enda Kenny's "extraordinary leadership" and said he is confident ties between Ireland and America will grow under the Trump...
Kevin Doyle in Washington Taoiseach Enda Kenny created a political timebomb for his successor by inviting US President Donald Trump to visit Ireland.
Editorial The owner of a golf club in Co Clare wants to pay a visit to Ireland in the next four years.
Kevin Doyle Ireland will find the United States to be "an ever faithful partner and a loyal friend" under Donald Trump's leadership.
Kevin Doyle and Jason O'Brien in Washington Ireland will find the United States to be "an ever faithful partner and a loyal friend" under Donald Trump's leadership.
Jason O'Brien and Kevin Doyle in Washington Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described his meeting with Donald Trump as "very constructive and very engaging".
Kevin Doyle in Washington Enda Kenny had just finished his interview with CNBC when one of the guest commentators noted “you’d have to go far to alienate the Irish, they are just that good of friends”.
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Enda Kenny has claimed that while Donald Trump uses racist language it "doesn't follow at all" that he is actually racist.
Jason O'Brien As the hysteria surrounding the Cheltenham Festival edges ever higher, those studying the Taoiseach's form in Washington might consider a telling exchange between champion jockey AP McCoy...
Niall O'Connor Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has put pressure on Taoiseach Enda Kenny ahead of today's much-anticipated White House visit, saying he has a "moral obligation" to raise the issue of immigration.
Editorial As a child, Taoiseach Enda Kenny used to memorise the speeches of President John F Kennedy. He listened to them on records, as it was the practice to record them at the time, and can still recite passages.
Jason O'Brien The Taoiseach has tetchily dismissed claims by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage that he begin his much-anticipated visit to the White House on Thursday by apologising to US President Donald Trump.
Kevin Doyle A speech in which Taoiseach Enda Kenny was to give a first publication acknowledgment that he is on the verge of stepping down has been edited to remove any mention of his resignation.
Jason O'Brien Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been questioned by a major US network on why he has accepted an invitation to meet US President Donald Trump despite having "once called him 'racist and dangerous'".
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Enda Kenny intends to educate the US President Donald Trump on the European Union's "full story" in a bid to convince him to row back on his anti-EU rhetoric.
Shane Coleman The announcement of a referendum to give Irish citizens abroad a vote in future presidential elections was classic Enda Kenny. Pluck an idea from the skies, with zero planning and virtually no...
Kevin Doyle Scottish independence is "a matter which is internal to the UK and Scotland", the Taoiseach has said.
The Taoiseach has been forced to cancel a number of engagements in the United States due to a severe weather forecast.
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been forced to pull out of an event honouring John F Kennedy ahead of what is being described as an "historic and life threatening" blizzard.
By Nilima Marshall Kenny is on his annual stateside St Patrick’s trip.
Kevin Doyle We call them 'the undocumented' because, in Ireland, we're too polite to call them what they really are: illegal.
By Associated Press Mr Kenny said a detailed government options paper would be published later this month.
Kevin Doyle in Philadelphia Finding a way of legalising the status of 50,000 undocumented Irish in the United States would make America a better country, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.
The Irish government is to press ahead with a referendum on extending presidential voting rights to citizens living outside the State, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed.
Editorial In a State apology to the women of the Magdalene laundries in 2013, Enda Kenny said that just as the State had accepted its direct involvement, society too had its responsibility to bear. He believed that he spoke for all when he said that we had put away these women "because for too many years we put away our conscience".
Philip Ryan Taoiseacht Enda Kenny intends to prioritise the plight of the 50,000 undocumented Irish living in America rather than criticise US President Donald Trump over his controversial Muslim travel ban when the two leaders meet in the White House this week.
Dermot Gilleece Though hardly a sport graced equally by plutocrats and paupers, golf remains a remarkably democratic pursuit. Which explains how it can link such diverse figures as a sculptor, a champion jockey, a...
Stephen Donnelly This Wednesday, the UK's prime minister, Theresa May, is expected to start the clock on Brexit. Taoiseach Enda Kenny described what's about to happen as 'the most important negotiations in our...
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Enda Kenny's impatience with the British government surfaced in Brussels after a meeting with Theresa May left him none the wiser about her Brexit plans.
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