“If I have the opportunity on the next occasion to appoint a cabinet, it will be a 50:50 on merit, of men and women,” Taoiseach Enda Kenny told  political correspondents at Leinster House. Photograph:  Eric Luke

Taoiseach’s post-election commitment an attempt to woo women voters to Fine Gael

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “Leo is very able and very bright but he doesn’t know the meaning of loyalty,” said one of his colleagues. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Leo Varadkar’s skill as a politician may be tempting him to be too ambitious

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: his views  on loosening abortion  legislation were not shared by all his colleagues. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Frances Fitzgerald says changes to the law a task for the next government

Enda Kenny said Leo Varadkar was speaking in a personal capacity when he told the Dáil on Tuesday that the current constitutional provision on abortion was too restrictive. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

Enda Kenny said Minister spoke in personal capacity, not time to look at constitutional change

It is understood the pregnancy is in the second trimester and that the foetus is well below the threshold for viability outside the womb.

Woman suffered a brain trauma a number of weeks ago

Committee chairman Ciarán Lynch with Fianna Fáil finance spokesman and inquiry member Michael McGrath. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Oireachtas joint committee 'disappointed' at correspondence from European body

The sinking of the Cunard ocean liner ‘Lusitania’ by a German submarine off the Old Head of Kinsale will be commemerated in a new stamp to be issued next year. Photograph: Getty

Gallipoli, Lusitania and Pearse’s speech among anniversaries chosen from 1915

Minister of Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: Recognising a Palestinian state had always been the Government’s objective, he said. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says Ireland’s recognition of Palestine will help promote peace in Middle East

Labour TD Pat Rabbitte: Told RTÉ’s The Week in Politics that abolishing USC was ‘fanciful’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government dismisses calls for abolition of USC, as it brings in €4bn in revenue

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