Leo Varadkar  said opinion polls clearly showed it was “still all to play for” in advance of the February 26th general election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on Sunday night reiterated his opposition to any coalition deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil even if it would me(...)

In engaging with politics, young people seem more likely to engage with issues. The traditional political party structure tends to engage young people who grow up to be the type of political thinkers their parents were.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

In Fiach Kelly’s piece on ‘Bertie’s Children’ in The Irish Times in January, eight 18-year-olds were interviewed, and when asked the question “Are yo(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny took his parliamentary party by surprise this week when he said Fine Gael might be willing to allow a free vote on repea(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: He said he would like to find out who was responsible for leaving a 91-year-old man on a trolley for so long.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It must be difficult for the Taoiseach when Michael Noonan is around. Does his Minister for Finance say, “I told you so” every time they bump into eac(...)

The Government had an overwhelming majority in the first vote on the Budget which was in favour of a 50 cent increase in the price of a pack of 20 cig(...)

Report suggested a campaign be launched by the HSE to promote greater use of generic drugs. Photograph: Getty Images

Pharmacists should be offered financial incentives to supply certain generic drugs as part of a drive to reduce drugs costs in Ireland, an Oireachtas (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “I thank all deputies and everyone who was involved in the campaign.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The passing of the Bill paving the way for same-sex marriage was “a real marker of equality” in the country, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald t(...)

Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with(...)

Councillor and Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary has challenged Cork Chamber over its support for the proposed merger of Cork city and county councils. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Lord Mayor of Cork has challenged business group Cork Chamber over its support for the proposed merger of Cork city and county councils. Cllr Chr(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it is “not realistic” to set a figure immediately on the number of refugees Ireland can take. Photograph: Getty

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it is “not realistic” to set a figure immediately on the number of refugees Ireland can take. EU justice ministers will (...)