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 2:09

The latest demarche from Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is being regarded by some of his Fine Gael ministerial colleagues as a coldly calculated att(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said a “seismic” process is under way at Irish Water to delete all Personal Public Service numbers supplied to it. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A “seismic” process is under way at Irish Water to delete all Personal Public Service (PPS) numbers supplied to the company, Minister for the Environm(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will ask ECB President Mario Draghi to attent the banking inquiry. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

The Taoiseach has said he will ask European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi to attend the banking inquiry.Enda Kenny was responding, amid he(...)

The who’s who of the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Above, chairman of the committee Ciarán Lynch. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ciarán Lynch - Chairman The former adult literacy organiser was first elected to the Dáil in 2007, when he took a seat from the Green Party’s D(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams felt obliged to remind Taoiseach Enda Kenny that he is “a player” and not merely a “junior partner” in the Northern Ireland negotiations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The difficult question of the Disappeared raised its ugly head in the Dáil yesterday. This had nothing to do with the disposition (sour) of Gerry Adam(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has withdrawn controversial comments that documents relating to the bank guarantee had “disappeared behind radiators”. Photograph: Getty

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has withdrawn controversial comments that documents relating to the bank guarantee had “disappeared behind radiators”.Mr Kenny ma(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan said it was “important that all parties renew their focus”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said he still believes there is time to reach agreement in the Northern talks by the end of the yea(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre) flanked by party members at Stormont. There is big  doubt over whether a pre-Christmas deal is achievable. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Tensions at the heart of the failed Northern Ireland talks were illustrated by a verbal spat between David Cameron and Gerry Adams shortly before the (...)

British prime minister David Cameron addresses the media before departing the cross party talks at Stormont this morning. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Northern Ireland politicians must learn the days when the British Government “could pull a cheque-book from its pocket” to solve problems are over, Do(...)

Members of the  Sinn Féin delegation speak to the media after British prime minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny departed from  talks on Friday  at Stormont House in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

David Cameron and Enda Kenny dealt a short, sharp shock to the Northern body politic by hightailing it out of Belfast on Friday morning. “It was bang(...)