Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “When an economy is growing, we should balance the books and pay down our debt.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has again committed his Government to tax cuts for middle-income earners in the Budget, despite Opposition claims that spare re(...)

Jimmy Magee at  Mansion House in Dublin after being awarded the Lord Mayor’s Award in 2010. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described the late Jimmy Magee as “an iconic sports commentator’’. Magee died at the age of 82 after a short illness in ho(...)

Nóirín O’Sullivan: “The last Garda commissioner was in and out to so many public forums that she wasn’t able to do her job,” according to Dermot Ahern. Photograph: Alan Betson

In her resignation statement, on Sunday, Nóirín O’Sullivan lamented that the job she was leaving had essentially become about “responding to an unendi(...)

Newstalk presenter George Hook. File photograph: ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

What I have to say is of no consequence. The organisation against which it is aimed will be no more conscious of it than a speeding car is of a fly ma(...)

Nóirín O’Sullivan resigned unexpectedly from her role as garda commissioner on Sunday. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Government and the Garda force were caught by surprise on Sunday after the unexpected resignation of Nóirín O’Sullivan, the second Garda commissio(...)

‘If you had asked me to pick a single representative of the last government who best represented the views of conservative Christian Democracy, I would have reached for Leo Varadkar,’ Mr Howlin said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar is not a “new European centrist”, the Labour leader Brendan Howlin said on Sunday, but was actually the most conservative member of the l(...)

The Government’s ‘mantra’ that the €300 million shortfall in the HSE budget will be met by savings in the system by the end of the year is not ‘anyway sustainable’, Brendan Howlin said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The repayment of water charges should be delayed this year with the savings invested instead to meet overspends in the health service, the Labour Part(...)

Brendan  Howlin has to rely on experienced, well-known political figures in an attempt to maximise seats. Photograph: Mary Browne

Many have yet to come to terms with the new politics but the Labour Party has struggled more than most. It has yet to figure out its place i(...)

Jim O’Callaghan: “It really is the function of Government to try and restore public confidence in the guards”

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan faced renewed calls to stand aside following the publication of two critical internal Garda audits on Wednesday. (...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has appointed marketing expert John Concannon to lead a new unit within Government. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has come under renewed pressure to detail the cost of the Government’s new Strategic Communications Unit. Mr Varadkar has appo(...)