Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael think-in at Fota, Cork. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Fine Gael TDs and senators were “almost unanimous” at their parliamentary party think-in that the Universal Social Charge (USC) should be abolished. (...)

Enda Kenny: two of his key election strategists have left his side in recent months. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has begun the preparations for Fine Gael’s general election campaign by choosing Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald as th(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said today: “I don’t mind being slapped down or scolded, I’m a big boy and I’m willing to take a degree of criticism from time to time but, at the same time, this isn’t about me, it’s not about my dignity, it’s not about by ego, it’s about frontline staff and it’s about patients”.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he doesn’t mind “being slapped down or scolded”, adding he “absolutely” follows Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s leade(...)

An unidentified UN peacekeeper and hostage speaks in an unknown location, in this still image from video said to be recorded by the al-Qaeda-backed al-Nusra Front. Photograph: Nusra Front via Reuters TV

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has welcomed the release of 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights on the Israeli Syrian border. Speaking a(...)

Enda Kenny: Told Ministers that no one should speak out on tax matters before the budget next month. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar told Fine Gael colleagues yesterday there should be no more cuts in the health sector and that the Government should (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a lunch to celebrate the 30 years of Guaranteed Irish. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Health is always a noisy place politically. Some of the noise over the past few years came from a minister building new plans for a (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton declared that the budget next month would bring a close to the austerity era. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Tánaiste Joan Burton declared that the budget next month would bring a close to the years of ever-increasing austerity as she spoke about the need for(...)

 Phil Hogan:  Sinn Féin MEPs, as well as Independent Luke “Ming” Flanagan,  say  they will vote against the new European Commission in its entirety if Mr Hogan is included.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s EU commissioner-designate, Phil Hogan, is facing renewed questions over his oversight of Irish Water and its spending on external consultan(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  to propose a sliding scale of discounts on insurance policies for people between 21 and 25 to incentivise them to take up health insurance.

Health insurance companies will be asked to freeze the price of their policies for as much as two years in exchange for a Government commitment not to(...)

Mary Hanafin has said she would be putting her name forward for Dáil nomination. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The brother of former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin has been urging TDs to hold the Dáil selection convention for the Dún Laoghaire constituency a(...)