Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: the sight of him smirking and whispering to Frances Fitzgerald while the Opposition were asking serious questions deeply irritated them. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar’s rather dispassionate approach is driving the Opposition mad. Dr Leo often sounds like those GPs who, having listened to a patient’s com(...)

Micheál Martin: “More people at risk of dying in our hospitals before the Government decides to get to grips with it”

The Government was accused by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of having no sense of urgency about the increased risk of people dying in hospitals du(...)

Micheál Martin: “It raises all sorts of questions about the level of enforcement.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has repeated claims that authorities on both sides of the Border may be turning a “certain blind eye” to fuel launde(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: he said it was a sensitive case which had to be investigated properly and he would like to hear back from a Tusla investigation before making a judgment on it. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will report to the Dáil on allegations of sexual and physical abuse in an Irish school.“Nobody wants to have this kind of activi(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: said there had been criticism of the Health Service Executive and the school’s board of management. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Department of Education was among agencies criticised in an Ombudsman for Children report on allegations of sexual and physical abuse in an Irish(...)

Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin said Mr Kenny was “wrong” and “overly simplistic” in his portrayal of Fianna Fáil as the party that wrecked the economy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has this morning accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny of delivering a “big political lie” in a recent television interview.M(...)

 Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan: Conceded that the Government never directly asked for debt write-down. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 3:54

Late on Friday night the Greeks came bearing gifts for Fine Gael. And for once there was little need to beware. For several years now, critics of the (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a video interview with ‘Irish Times’ Political Editor Stephen Collins 10:52

Fine Gael has tied its political fortunes firmly to its Labour Coalition partners as the battle lines for the next election were clearly drawn over(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny during his address at the Fine Gael National Conference 2015 in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin has called for a face-to-face debate with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Speaking following Mr Kenny’s national conference speech,(...)

Cllr Chris O’Leary, a Sinn Féin councillor on Cork City Council, and Cllr Donnchadh O Laoghaire, a Sinn Féin councillor on Cork County Council, had both sought the nomination to run in Cork South Central. Photograph: Provision

Sinn Féin is to hold a rescheduled selection convention to choose a candidate to run for the party in Cork South Central in the next general election (...)