Nervy times for FF as the post-Repeal dust settles
The emphatic overturning of the Eighth Amendment has left many Fianna Fáilers feeling that their party is hugely out of step with the prevailing national mood
A year ago this weekend, Leo Varadkar was being told by at least one confidante that Simon Harris, who had backed Simon Coveney for the Fine Gael leadership, should be sacked from cabinet. The Taoiseach-elect was told that the Minister for Health could not be trusted following a fractious campaign that had been rife with briefing and counter-briefing.
Varadkar ignored the advice, kept Harris in Health, and entrusted him with responsibility for delivering a referendum...
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Proposal for expert panel to review capital projects over €100m
Large public capital projects could be run through an “independent panel of international experts” as part of public spending reforms, according to the Department of Public Expenditure
State body to reissue €28m office supplies contract
The contract covers the supply of office stationery to a range of government bodies and agencies, including the HSE, universities, hospitals, councils and schools
Sinn Féin open to coalition deal, but on condition of border poll
Party would launch the ‘largest public house building programme that Ireland has ever seen’ and a national health service
Fine Gael ‘will go to war’ if Bailey runs as independent
The party threatens to put significant financial resources behind its own candidates in bid to ensure that she is ‘never seen again’ in politics