Tag Archives: Fine Gael


Citywest Hotel, Dublin.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gives the closing address on the second day of the Fine Gael Ard Fheis where he promised “five more years” of income tax cuts.



This morning/afternoon.

Citywest Hotel.

Scenes from Day 2 of the Fine Gael Ard Fheis which culminates this evening with a leadership address by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar..

From top: (left to right) Simon Coveney, Richard Bruton and Chalie Flanagan; as before with prospective Fine Gael dáil candidate Eileen O’Malley Dunlop, of the National Women’s Council (right) Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Regina Doherty; from left: Heather Humphries, Paschal Donohoe and Eoghan Murphy; audience shot; the podium this morning; Fine Gael supporters; from left: Caroline Hofman, Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh, Maksuda Akhter and Fine Gael Sean Kelly MEP; audience shot; as before; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Government’s focus is on Brexit, not elections – Varadkar (RTÉ)

Sam Boal/Rollingnews



Yesterday’s Fine Gael photo opportunity to support Michael D Higgins’ re-election in Grafton Street, Dublin 2 close to where the homeless are served soup and tea

Yesterday: Cosy

Earlier this morning.

Fine Gael tweeted:

Coming to a radio show near you this morning. Tune in from 9am on your local station. .


This morning.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (left) and Sean O’Rourke during a live Budget 2019 special on RTE Radio One.

*playful scratch, tickles tummy, etc.*


Stop that.

This morning/afternoon

The Galway Bay Hotel, County Galway.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael ministers, including Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy (pic 2),  and TDs gather for their party’s annual think-in.

If the wind changes…oh forget it.


This morning/afternoon.

Department of Finance, Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail Pre-Budget 2019 talks with from top: Mister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Barry Cowen TD, Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform, and Michael McGrath TD, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Finance.


Earlier: Anne Marie McNally: Can You Afford To Come Home?

Yesterday: Dear Micheál

This afternoon.

Government Buildings, Diblin 2

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  speaking to the media at the publication of the Government’s Annual Report entitled ‘A Programme for a Partnership Government‘.

‘Propped-up’, surely?


Sam Boal/RollingNews



Via Fine Gael

In today’s Irish Independent.

Pictures from yesterday’s Independent News and Media-organised Brexit Breakfast at Trinity College Dublin…

Including INM Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (bottom right).

In today’s Irish Times.

Pictures from an Irish Times Live event at the newspaper’s office on Tara Street last night…

Including Fine Gael TDs Ciaran Cannon and Hildegarde Naughton (left) and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan speaking with Irish Times journalist Hugh Linehan.


Earlier: “The Taoiseach Has Said He Wanted To Get The Media To Run Fewer Negative Stories”

The Daily News

Oh, Josepha.

Previously: The Traveller Card


In March of this year.

Travellers were officially recognised as a minority ethnic group in Ireland.

Artist Paul D’Arcy has designed a Traveller ethnicity pin featuring a wagon wheel and the harp.

Pavee Point writes:

“This week-end we celebrate the first International Human Rights Day with Irish Travellers officially recognised as a minority ethnic group by the Irish State.  We will be posting photos and messages on Facebook and Twitter of people wearing the Traveller ethnicity pin.”

From top: President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins; Education Minister Richard Bruton; Irish Solidarity–People Before Profit TD Ruth Coppinger; Chargé d’affaires at the US Embassy in Dublin Reece Smyth; Ireland soccer player Cyrus Christie with Thomas Collins; Bridgie Nevin, Goretti Horgan and Eamonn McCann; Anne Marie McDonagh; Kathleen Sherlock; and Breda Quilligan.

Pics: Pavee Point

Former Fine Gael Senator Niamh Cosgrave and her French Spaniel

A former Fine Gael senator has revealed she was inappropriately touched three times by TDs and councillors while canvassing for votes.

Niamh Cosgrave, who was a senator from 1993 to 1997, has recalled how her father insisted she be accompanied by a male driver for protection while travelling the country seeking support.

“It happened three times. It started with the knee and ‘oh you’re a lovely girl’. I’d cross my legs and then they’d touch my thigh,” she told the Irish Independent.

Ms Cosgrave, who was a victim of rape later in life, said she regrets not speaking about her experience sooner but felt unable to do so.

Ex-FG senator ‘was touched inappropriately three times’ as she was canvassing for votes (Kevin Doyle, Irish Independent)

Previously: ‘It’s Not A Dirty Little Secret’