President Trump will speak to Mr Varadkar on Tuesday by phone. File photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

US President ‘wishes to congratulate An Taoiseach on his appointment’

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, during a photo opportunity with the Ministers of State. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach says seven out of 12 female TDs who support govt are ministers

Leo Varadkar was somewhat star struck when he met cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar.

‘I know the rules, or should I say the laws,’ says Taoiseach

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with Special Responsibility for Brexit Simon Coveney: “What we are insisting on achieving is a special status for Northern Ireland that allows the interaction on this island as is currently the case to be maintained as close to the current norm as possible,” he said. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Minister for Foreign Affairs calls for invisible border and special status for the North

Minister of State Pat Breen has been charged with working across four Government Departments.

Some of the Taoiseach’s junior ministers are charged with working to multiple departments

Anti-abortion demonstration: Senator Des Hanafin with anti-abortion demonstrators outside the Dáil in 1992. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Long-time politician was a leading anti-divorce and anti-abortion activist

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar introduces his mostly male line-up of  Ministers of State, Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar chooses just three women for his team of 19 Ministers of State

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar with new Ministers of State. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Inside Politics: Varadkar was unable to mine a seam of female talent due to his ban on favouring those elected in 2016

Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy, one of two ministers of state who were sacked to accommodate the changes, said she found Mr Varadkar’s comments on merit to be “very offensive”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Women’s groups criticise Taoiseach over ‘new Cabinet, same old gender imbalance’

 Marcella Corcoran Kennedy: she said Mr Varadkar told her he wished he could retain her, but there were not enough jobs and he needed to make room for his supporters

Corcoran Kennedy says gender balance does not appear to be factor in ministerial choices

Senator Catherine Noone.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Oireachtas committee examining abortion law meets for first time

‘The missing part of the story is the vast majority of people at the Cabinet didn’t know all the facts, and that’s the reality’. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Controversy over judicial appointment to be raised in Dáil by Fianna Fáil

 Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald TD speaking at the graveside of John A Costello. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Analysis: Shane Ross in awkward position but Fitzgerald insists AG ‘stand-out person’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  he is due to meet British prime minister Theresa May in London on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Taoiseach to stress ‘rights and freedoms’ of Irish citizens and importance of open Border

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is due to appear before the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee  on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Garda Commissioner requests written report from internal audit into college

Maire Whelan who was appointed to the Court of Appeal by President Michael D Higgins this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil asks whether three judges who expressed interest were interviewed

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, who said a review of the scheme was under  way. He would consider the findings of this review before making any decision on the scheme’s future.

Plan has been criticised for causing inflation in the first-time buyer new-build market

 John McGuinness said the appointment of Maire Whelan to the Court of Appeal could bring down the Government . Photograph:

Appointment angers Independent Alliance; Murphy insists correct procedures followed

Police officers stand in front of the Grenfell Tower block that was destroyed by fire in north Kensington, west London. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Number of actions taken in Ireland ‘to ensure every step is being taken to protect the lives’

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy described the fire at the Grenfell Tower in London as a ‘continuing tragedy’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Eoghan Murphy meets Dublin’s fire chief to discuss issues arising from Grenfell disaster

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will hold separate talks with the DUP (above) and Sinn Féin on Friday. Photograph: EPA

New Taoiseach holds separate talks with parties on restoring power-sharing in North

File photo. There are 86,000 Muslims living in the Republic and it is thought the number of polygamous families is small. Photograph: Getty Images

Not recognising second marriage difficult for children, Islamic centre spokesman says

Alan Shatter successfully challenged how some adverse findings made against him in the Guerin report were reached. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Seán Guerin wants to challenge court finding that the report breached Alan Shatter’s rights

Fine Gael TD    Kate O’Connell:  sparked controversy when she described Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s backers as “choirboys” who were “singing for their supper”. Photograph: Kinlan Photography.

Women For Election group criticises gender balance of Leo Varadkar’s Cabinet

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.  Photograph:  Stephen Collins

A who’s who of all the faces in new Taoiseach’s Cabinet

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Áras an Uachtaráin before receiving his seal of office from President Michael D Higgins on Wednesday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach maintains number of women Ministers at four

Máire Whelan has served as Attorney General since 2011. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says excuse of no qualified applicants ‘clearly false’

Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings, Dublin. File photograph:  Collins

Full schedule of events for new Taoiseach and new Cabinet

A pledge to make Ireland a “republic of opportunity” and a limited Cabinet reshuffle will be on Leo Varadkar’s agenda upon becoming taoiseach.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs await incoming changes to ministries under new taoiseach

Máire Whelan’s appointment as a judge on the Court of Appeal was announced on Tuesday. Photograph: The Irish Times

Attorney General in line to take up post vacated by Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan

Vanessa Glynn, chairwoman of European Movement Scotland, said it sometimes looked like the UK was “in the grip of an almighty nervous breakdown”

Chair of European Movement NI says DUP role in UK government could bring ‘softer’ Brexit

Enda Kenny arrives at Government Buildings, Dublin, for his last day as Taoiseach. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

What does the future hold for the man who will no longer be taoiseach?

Incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with   Minister for Housing Simon Coveney, who he has appointed Fine Gael deputy leader.   Photograph: Collins

Attorney General Máire Whelan to become Court of Appeal judge after reshuffle

Enda Kenny has arrived for his final Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Files

Taoiseach says he has been ‘proud and privileged’ to serve for so many years

 Charlie Flanagan in  Stormont Castle in Belfast on Monday.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Minister for Foreign Affairs says there is a ‘wider scope of options’

Leo Varadkar  wants the Border to remain “invisible”, and has spoken about the “need to prepare for the possibility that a united Ireland or shared sovereignty will occur in our lifetime”

DUP leader one of the first to congratulate Varadkar on winning FG leadership

If, as expected, Leo Varadkar is elected Taoiseach he will travel to Áras an Uachtaráin to receive his seal of office from the President. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Leo Varadkar expected to be nominated and announce Cabinet on Wednesday

Leo Varadkar: “We must ensure that the Brexit talks are handled in a smooth and coherent manner”. Photograph: EPA

Fine Gael leader and opposition respond to results of Westminster poll

‘Nobody wants to be dramatic about it and nobody wants to put the fear of God into people, but at the same time we have to be realistic,’ Patricia King said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Patricia King tells Seanad the economy could be ‘turned over completely’ by UK withdrawal from EU

Thomas Molloy, director of public affairs and communications at TCD said Ireland was in danger of squandering opportunities presented by the UK’s departure from the EU.

‘When competing for talent in an international sector we are constrained by public sector norms’

Liam Doran: “I feel frustration absolutely beyond measure at the failure to recognise the reality of the crisis.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Liam Doran says ‘aggressive recruiting’ of Irish nurses by the UK under way

A sniffer dog checks a heavy goods vehicle. Chairman of Monaghan County Council PJ O’Hanlon has said: “If we go back to the hard border situation there is absolutely no doubt that this will be the problem - the racketeers and the criminals that lived and flourished on the Border. That is the last thing that we want to see.” File photograph: iStockPhoto

‘Absolutely no doubt’ racketeers and criminals that flourished on Border would return

Cheltenham festival:  Ireland relies heavily on Britain to buy its horses, Seanad committee hears. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Britain relies heavily on Ireland to supply racehorses, Seanad committee hears

Aviation was one of Brexit’s “devils of the detail” which had been missed by the United Kingdom, the Seanad heard.

Duty free sales should commence after Britain leaves EU for air and sea travellers

Former president of the European Parliament Pat Cox. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Pat Cox says Ireland has to live with Brexit consequences

Pat Deering from Carlow-Kilkenny said he had not been approached at all by Mr Coveney’s camp during the campaign. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jerry Buttimer says Coveney camp disappointed but wishes Varadkar well

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone:  “The decision to do further excavation as well as exhumation, where we’re dealing with effectively a mass grave, are decisions effectively for Government,” she said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone hires expert team to advise Government

A shrine in the corner of part of the site of the former mother-and-baby home where the remains of an unknown number of infants were found buried, in Tuam. Photograph: Reuters

Local historian Catherine Corless says she hopes children’s remains can be identified

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: said she  was ‘delighted’ with the  Supreme Court’s landmark decision.  Photograph: Collins

Bríd Smith calls current Government policy regarding asylum seekers ‘racist and wrong’

Michelle O’Neill MLA, Leader of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland speaking at The Irish Times Economic Summit 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Party’s Brexit policy calls for trade deal to be put in place before UK leaves EU

 People Before Profit  TD Brid Smith. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Brid Smith argues substitution of TDs should be allowed to cover emergencies

Michelle O’Neill, Sinn Féin’s leader in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin’s leader in Northern Ireland predicts Brexit will have ‘devastating effects’

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe, TD at The Irish Times Economic Summit 2017 in association with Deloitte. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister tells ‘Irish Times’ summit political, social and economic norms are being shaken

Jonathan O’Brien celebrates his election in Cork. Photograph: Billy MacGill

Cork TD is, however, in favour of holding repeal referendum

Fine Gael leadership candidates Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney debate with each other during the hustings, at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Contenders for Fine Gael leadership say they oppose abortion on demand at hustings

Politicians in Opposition are always vociferous in their demands for more resources for agencies that clamp down on corporate “baddies”. Photograph: Getty Images

Analysis: Squabbles about resources fail to sway critical Fine Gael leadership contenders

 Hildegarde Naughton will be one of four Fine Gael TDs on the Oireachtas abortion committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Naughton and Fitzpatrick take final slots on body dominated by two biggest parties

Brendan Howlin: said he was never asked for more money for the ODCE during his period as minister for public expenditure in the last government

Charlie Flanagan says he is very concerned at manner in which case ended

Kate O’Connell, one of only two Fine Gael TDs who have already agreed to join committee. Photograph: Eric Luke

As rules over Senator numbers change, two TD places still to be filled by new leader

Leo Varadkar suggested  Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy might support him when she read his proposals on health. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘I think it would take a lot for any individual to withdraw a declaration’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his sadness at the explosion in Manchester. Photograph: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

President Higgins has condemned ‘this cowardly attack on innocent citizens’

Fine Gael Leadership candidate Simon Coveney  at the launch of his policy document in the Dean Hotel in Dublin. The document draws on Fine Gael’s ‘just society’ tradition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister trailing in Fine Gael leadership race, but says he will see contest through

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney at the launch of his policy documents  in the Dean Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Kenneth O’Halloran

‘Blue blood’ Minister for Housing may yet become unlikely hero of the rank and file

Fine Gael leadership candidate Simon Coveney at the launch of his policy document in Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Minister ‘fighting for soul of Fine Gael’ as Varadkar pulls ahead in leadership race

Leo Varadkar speaks to media before the Streets of Dublin race at the CHQ Building in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Minister for Social Protection says he has ‘no plans whatsoever for an early election’

 Denis Naughten: “I’d be quite happy to work with either. It’s irrelevant to me which is elected”

McGrath stresses that Independents are not involved in any way in leadership election

Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Having a grasp of ‘cúpla focal’ is advantage for a taoiseach

Leo Varadkar has a commanding lead in the Fine Gael leadership race after securing backing form twice as many of the party’s TDs and Senators as Simon Coveney. Photograph: Collins

Coveney hoping for support from large number of undeclared party members

Simon Coveney “will struggle to shake off the ‘merchant prince’ tag, and there is a lingering sense that the somewhat reserved candidate does not have the ‘X-factor’ enjoyed by rival Leo Varadkar, who also has the perceived benefit of a Dublin base. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Housing may struggle to shake off ‘merchant prince’ tag

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny with his wife Fionnuala  after he delivered his presidential address at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in 2009. Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA Wire

Praise for outgoing Fine Gael leader from across political lines

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is due to make an announcement about his departure. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Inside Politics: Kenny’s last political lap is almost run and an announcement on his departure is due

Minister for Health Simon Harris said Mr Kenny was owed the space to make the right decision. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health expects clarity after Wednesday’s parliamentary party meeting

A screenshot shows a Wannacry ransomware demand, provided by cyber security firm Symantec. The HSE shut down its email systems on Monday in a bid to prevent infection of its IT systems by the virus. Photograph: Reuters

Patient appointments disrupted as emails blocked due to fears over ransomware virus

The LÉ Aisling was sold to a Dutch ship-broking agency in March for €110,000 and is now being advertised for $750,000 (€676,000).

Former Naval Service vessel sold for €110,000 in March is back on sale for up to $750,000

The Duchess of Cornwall indulged her fascination with bees during a visit to Airfield Estate in south Dublin. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Camilla indulges her love of bees during a visit to Airfield Estate in Dundrum

Prince Charles has a hurl as Henry Shefflin and Brian Cody look on during his and the Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to Kilkenny Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Royal stresses ‘special’ connection to Ireland as crowds come out to see couple’s visit

Minister for Transport Shane Ross:  asked Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan if Ireland voted in favour of Saudi Arabia’s election to the UN body on women’s rights recently. Photograph: Alan Betson

Controversial issues to be ‘red-flagged’ to Cabinet after Independent Alliance queries

The Citizens’ Assembly recommended that abortion should be permitted in the State in a wide range of circumstances, which would require a significant liberalisation of the current regime in the State. File photographs: The Irish Times

Upper House seeking to raise its number of representatives on panel from four to seven

 Independent Alliance member and Minister for Tourism Shane Ross said a ‘compromise was reached’ over how Ministers are notified over UN votes. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘It was agreed in future any UN vote of similar sensitivity and importance would be flagged’

Prof Louise Richardson, from Tramore, Co Waterford,  was in Dublin for  her address to the annual Oxford and Cambridge Society of Ireland dinner. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Waterford-born University of Oxford head says societies must have conversation about who pays for third-level

 Policing Authority chairwoman Josephine Feehily (left)  to ask Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan about concerns raised within the force about the veracity of Garda crime statistics. Photograph: Eric Luke

Policing Authority chair to raise civilian analyst’s letter about crime statistics review

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar and Minister for Housing Simon Coveney. Mr Coveney rejected reports he would launch his leadership campaign on Monday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Coveney warns party of dangers of divisions with formal contest set to begin ‘before summer break’

Pope Francis is due to visit Ireland in the summer of 2018.

Amnesty sends letter to Minister for Health outlining ‘significant issue’ regarding ownership and ethos

“I raised the issue of human rights with the Saudi Arabian authorities.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach moves to clarify previous statement about raising issue of women’s rights

Saudi women walk past a jewelry shop at Tiba market in Riyadh, on October 3, 2016. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Contradiction emerged between his statement in Canada Thursday and the Dáil in 2014

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is meeting Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal. Photograph: Getty Images

Inside Politics: Fine Gael leader tweets from Toronto about ‘first visit to Canada as Taoiseach’

Prospective members were also asked if they described themselves as “liberal” or “conservative” on the issue. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Of the members who answered, seven said they were pro-choice, two anti-abortion

 Vera Twomey: wants the Government to   legalise medical cannabis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Vera Twomey from Cork wants to be allowed use drug to treat her daughter’s epilepsy

Former minister for communications Alex White wants to come back to politics as a Labour councillor: “There’s a great deal you can do on a local authority.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former minister will seek to fill vacancy on Dún-Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Senator Catherine Noone says the issue is difficult for people on a personal level. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Kate O’Connell TD and Senator Catherine Noone only ‘confirmed’ names so far

Ruth Coppinger suggested that the Dáil committee tasked with considering the Citizens’ Assembly recommendations on abortion was unlikely to reach consensus on how to proceed.

Pro-choice coalition’s Ruth Coppinger urges referendum on divisive issue in the autumn

Only 10 TDs will be required for the Dáil to begin its business under new planned measures

Second vote on rules to allow for 30 seconds of ‘silent reflection’

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is expected to receive a key report on pay.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Pensions set to dominate upcoming public service pay talks

TDs and Senators will eventually have to take a position on the issue – for the first time, in some cases. Photographs: The Irish Times

Oireachtas group row looms after shockwaves over liberal abortion law suggestions

A graphic of the proposed National Maternity Hospital in Dublin.

Party publishes motion to guarantee hospital’s freedom from non-medical influence

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “What we want to do there is to put in place a legally waterproof situation where it’ll be perfectly clear for everybody that what’s at stake here are proper world-class facilities for expectant mothers and for pregnant women.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One month to be granted to Simon Harris to confirm ownership structure of facility

Donald Trump receiving a bowl of shamrock from Enda Kenny at the White House in March. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach welcomes fact that US has not put tariffs on imports into America

Enda Kenny has a series of engagements in the Canadian cities of Montreal and Toronto, beginning with a meeting with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau . Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP

Taoiseach’s trip to Canada means he is not expected to attend Fine Gael weekly meeting

Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital, said the controversy was a ‘storm in a tea cup’. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘New hospital will continue to offer contraception and termination when mother’s life is in danger’

Séamus McDonnell, a farmer from Clontigora, south Armagh, and John McNamee, chairman of a cross-Border regeneration group protest outside Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Border group claims Dublin should have veto on any agreement British makes with EU

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