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Fine Gael

Fine Gael

Fine Gael are currently in coalition government with Labour. They won 76 seats in the 2011 General Election, making them the largest party in the Dail but not securing enough seats to have a single party government. Their political views are seen as being centre-right.

# fine-gael - Yesterday’s News

This helpful video tells Fine Gael candidates how to behave on the doorstep

The party’s own candidates feature as typical voters in the video that was given to local election candidates at meetings around the country recently.

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Minister: There’ll be a reshuffle in September but ‘nobody knows’ what’s going to happen

Ruairí Quinn has also admitted that the coalition has to “work better together”.

# fine-gael - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Here’s how candidates have been getting around the law on posters ahead of May’s elections

While some have been breaking the law others have been sticking to it, but are still managing to get their name out there.

Harris: ‘Personal wealth’ shouldn’t decide elections – but I’m not talking about Deirdre Clune

The Fine Gael TD insists he is not talking about his running mate in Ireland South as the pair battle it out for what is realistically one available seat.

# fine-gael - Monday 21 April, 2014

Government quango costs ‘spiralling out of control’ – McGrath

Mattie McGrath says the government is “treating the ordinary people with contempt”.

# fine-gael - Sunday 20 April, 2014

Here’s why these twenty-somethings are running in the local elections

Whether they’re party-affiliated or independent, all of these fresh-faced candidates are looking to make a mark on their constituencies and speak out for their generation.

# fine-gael - Saturday 19 April, 2014

Labour minister brands fixed water charges as “ridiculous”

Junior Minister Joe Costello said his party has a problem with Fine Gael’s water charges proposals.

# fine-gael - Thursday 17 April, 2014

Fine Gael and Labour are ‘austerity junkies’ failing to attract investment – Pearse Doherty

Sinn Féín has called on the government to access more funding from the European Investment Bank to stimulate job creation.

Tánaiste: If there’s one thing I can’t be accused of, it’s making decisions that court popularity

Eamon Gilmore acknowledged he’s not exactly Mr Popular in the Dáil this afternoon as the water charges row rumbled on.

The one thing you need to remember about the water row? There’s an election in 36 days

While most people only care about how much they’ll have to pay for water the politics of this points to Labour looking out for itself ahead of what is likely to be a tough election next month.

# fine-gael - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

Taoiseach confirms water bills will be around €240, but nothing signed off on yet

During a heated debate Micheál Martin said the Government was treating the public with “absolute contempt”.

# fine-gael - Thursday 10 April, 2014

Updated: Terminal cancer patient has arrangement in place with AIB over mortgage arrears

Senator Deirdre Clune is calling for the Central Bank to keep track of the number of people falling into arrears on mortgage-related insurance.

# fine-gael - Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Buttimer: HIV awareness campaign needed as memory of epidemic fades

The Fine Gael TD said the stark rises in cases over the past decade needs to be addressed.

# fine-gael - Saturday 5 April, 2014

Eircom bills, David Letterman, and WhatsApp: The week in numbers

Plus: How many Irish people are treated every year for alcohol abuse?

FG’s young ‘policy wonk’ wants to trade a seat in the Dáil for one in Europe. Here’s why:

Just over three years into his first stint as a TD, Simon Harris has his eyes on Brussels.

# fine-gael - Friday 4 April, 2014

Taoiseach and Minister not fazed by poor show in opinion polls

Enda Kenny noted: “At the end of our period in office people will judge us.”

GardaGate is damaging Fine Gael’s European election campaign, says MEP

Mairead McGuinness said it will continue to cause concern to the public “unless it is effectively dealt with”.

# fine-gael - Thursday 3 April, 2014

From The Score Varadkar: Ireland has 50/50 chance of staging World Cup but South Africa a threat Dream Big

Varadkar: Ireland has 50/50 chance of staging World Cup but South Africa a threat

The Sports Minister was speaking about the 2023 competition on Off The Ball.

# fine-gael - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday

Everyone’s been talking about the driver who smashed into Trinity’s front gate, Angela Kerins quitting, and the disturbing package sent to Alan Shatter’s home.

AS IT HAPPENED: A motion of confidence in Alan Shatter passed by 95 votes to 51

Follow events from the Dáil this evening…

‘What happened here is very clear’: Fine Gael backbenchers got an interesting Gardagate FAQ

An email was sent to Fine Gael TDs, Senators and MEPs last week dealing with questions about the ongoing controversy surrounding the Minister for Justice and the gardaí.

Angela Kerins quits her role as Rehab CEO

Kerins says that she is leaving because of “the toll that public controversy has taken on the Rehab Group and my own family”.

# fine-gael - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

AS IT HAPPENED: Tonight’s Alan Shatter ‘no confidence’ debate

Follow events from the Dáil this evening…

A motion of no confidence in Alan Shatter, ambulances and young people in care

What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…

# fine-gael - Saturday 29 March, 2014

Both Government parties down as Sinn Féin surges in latest poll

Support for Labour has fallen under 10 per cent yet again, while Sinn Féin is now just one point behind Fianna Fáil.

‘I just play my own game’: Jim Higgins not worried about his re-election battle

The Fine Gael MEP thinks he and colleague Mairéad McGuinness could take two seats in ‘Midlands North-West’ but admits “it’s a big ask”.

# fine-gael - Friday 28 March, 2014

From The Score GAA are urged to make all championship games free-to-air on TV Broadcast

GAA are urged to make all championship games free-to-air on TV

There has been speculation that Sky Sports is about to enter the GAA TV rights market.

# fine-gael - Thursday 27 March, 2014

Lucinda Creighton gives birth to baby girl

The Reform Alliance member and her husband Paul Bradford had announced the pregnancy last November.

Longford-Westmeath TD Nicky McFadden to be laid to rest today RIP

Longford-Westmeath TD Nicky McFadden to be laid to rest today

McFadden passed on Tuesday, following a lengthy battle with Motor Neurone disease.

# fine-gael - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Taoiseach in emotional tribute, following death of FG TD Nicky McFadden RIP

Taoiseach in emotional tribute, following death of FG TD Nicky McFadden

Her death, aged 51, follows a long battle with Motor Neurone disease.

# fine-gael - Monday 24 March, 2014

In 85 years, just seven TDs have resigned from the Dáil. Who and why?

Excluding those who have resigned their seat to take up another political position or ill-health, there have been just a handful of resignations from parliament over principle or controversy down the years. Who are they? And why have there been so few?

Here’s who is in the running for the by-election after Patrick Nulty’s resignation

These are the runners and riders after the shock resignation of Patrick Nulty at the weekend.

# fine-gael - Sunday 23 March, 2014

Minister: Garda whistleblowers should have their reputations reinstated

Fergus O’Dowd said he stood over his comments that “the whistleblowers did a fantastic job”.

# fine-gael - Wednesday 19 March, 2014

‘Extremely unlikely’: Peter Mathews says he’d need to win the lotto to run for Europe

It is now unlikely that the Reform Alliance TD will seek election to the European Parliament in May.

# fine-gael - Monday 17 March, 2014

Next in line: The chairs of youth political wings

Their senior counterparts lead the coalition government and the largest opposition party in the country, but what do Ireland’s future political leaders make of it all?

# fine-gael - Sunday 16 March, 2014

FG Ireland South candidate: ‘If you’re in Bantry, Brussels or Bruges it’s the same.’

Fine Gael Senator Deidre Clune is facing a tough race against two of her party colleagues.

Damien Kiberd: The real reason why Frank Flannery’s head was served up on a plate

‘Spin doctors? But who the hell is sick?’ To paraphrase the TV drama Borgen, Frank Flannery’s dismissal uncovers some uncomfortable truths about ‘access all areas’ PR in politics.

# fine-gael - Thursday 13 March, 2014

From Business ETC George Lee, RTÉ’s new Agriculture Correspondent: Both my parents are from farms George Glee

George Lee, RTÉ’s new Agriculture Correspondent: Both my parents are from farms

We don’t know about you, but we’re looking forward to seeing the former Fine Gael TD in his wellies.

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