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Brexit & Ireland, an inside story of the Irish response

Tuesday, 03 September 2019
Need to understand how Ireland helped to shape the EU's response to Brexit? RTÉ's Europe correspondent Tony Connelly tells the dramatic story of the Irish response to this political and economic earthquake. Read More...
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Stanhope Forbes, father of Cornwall's Newlyn School of painting

Friday, 16 August 2019
Dublin-born Stanhope Forbes spent time painting Brittany before founding the influential Newlyn School of painters in Cornwall in the late 19th century. Read More...
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Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

Wednesday, 04 April 2012
A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...
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Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

Friday, 07 October 2011
The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...
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The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

Wednesday, 07 September 2011
Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Fine Gael in leadership row crisis

Ireland's main opposition party in crisis as Deputy Leader and nine frontbenchers try to oust party leader Enda Kenny.

Ireland's main opposition party in crisis as Deputy Leader and nine frontbenchers try to oust party leader Enda Kenny.


The rebellion erupted in mid June as deputy party leader Richard Bruton, the brother of former Fine Gael taoiseach John Bruton, declared publicly that he no longer had confidence in Enda Kenny's leadership.

Enda Kenny's position as leader of Fine Gael has been under pressure for some time as a faction within the party accused him of weak leadership and failure to benefit from a historically unpopular Fianna Fáil government.

The revolt took place after an Irish Times poll published on the 10th June showed yet another decline for Fine Gael, which saw the party fall into second place behind Labour.

Mr Bruton declared that although Mr Kenny "had done a huge amount of work for the party", the party leader was not convincing people "that Fine Gael was the party to manage their affairs to create a secure future for them".

Nine Fine Gael frontbench members joined Mr Bruton in saying they no longer had confidence in their party leader.

Mr Kenny moved swiftly canvassing party backbenchers and sacked his rebel deputy leader, in a shock move that ended a week of internal tension within the party.

In a press conference, Mr Kenny said "I cannot have a situation where my deputy leader does not offer his support for me" and said the party needed now to move forward in "a unified, strong and cohesive fashion".

Party chairman Pádraic McCormack said "The party is damaged in the short term, but I’ve no doubt whatsoever that we’ll recover from that."

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