New side of Leo Varadkar: the Fine Gael TD told Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ last weekend that he’s gay. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly
Who is Leo Varadkar?

Last Sunday, on the morning of his 36th birthday, Leo Varadkar posed on the steps of the RTÉ Radio Centre, a bottle of water in hand, deep, tired c(...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins:  said his party would be engaging in “a very robust campaign around the country” and was “fully behind”  the Yes vote. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The plinth hit a purple patch in the afternoon. What happened verged on the historic – even if we’re getting a bit blasé in the milestone department t(...)

Presenter Claire Byrne on the set of RTE’s new current affairs TV show. Photograph: Andres Poveda/RTÉ

She has the cameras, the studio audience and the panel of guests waiting to take their place. Claire Byrne has done this before, but this time it’s he(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar should be congratulated on his announcement – and left to get on with his job. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s decision to disclose that he is gay is an important personal choice for him but it is also a political moment, as n(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Miriam O’Callaghan in RTÉ yesterday when he announced he is gay. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:23

Leo Varadkar is nothing if not frank. “I am a gay man, it’s not a secret, but not something that everyone would necessarily know, but isn’t somethi(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton: the vote was “a mark of the progress that has taken place in this country in recent years and decades, and indicates the extent to which attitudes to lesbian and gay people have changed”.

The same-sex marriage referendum, as well as the vote to reduce the age for presidential candidates and a pending Dáil byelection, is likely to be hel(...)

Protesters: a demonstrator argues with a Garda outside Mansion House in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s Wednesday afternoon in court 14 at the Criminal Courts of Justice, on Parkgate Street in Dublin, and a motion is being adjourned until Monday. Th(...)

The committee’s recommendations on better access to finance for SMEs have been largely welcomed by the business community

Independent verification of lending rates across the banking sector is one of 25 recommendations contained in a new report on access to finances for S(...)

Minister for the Arts  Heather Humphreys: Enda Kenny can point to the elevation last week of the  Cavan-Monaghan TD   but ambitious, capable women in the Fine Gael ranks can understandably feel aggrieved

While Fine Gael’s introduction of gender quotas on election tickets – with 30 per cent of candidates now required to be women – is laudable, the absen(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton picturted after their first joint press conference outside government buildings last week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted he finds reshuffles difficult as he prepares to sack some junior ministers this afternoon. He said he and Tánaiste J(...)