Seanad reform has been ‘killed off’’ by the Government, Independent Senator Michael McDowell has. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Seanad reform has been “killed off’’ by the Government, Independent Senator Michael McDowell has told the House. “Government Senators have been assur(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is appointing junior ministers on Tuesday

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has appointed ministers of state in his new administration, promoting key allies in the recent Fine Gael leadership election. (...)

Mary Mitchell O’ Connor: legislation would be required if she was to accept the pay increase for her appointment as a super junior Minister by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mary Mitchell O’Connor may be forced to forego a pay increase to keep her role as a super junior Minister. Ms O’Connor was appointed a Minister of St(...)

Incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with   Minister for Housing Simon Coveney, who he has appointed Fine Gael deputy leader.   Photograph: Collins

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has been appointed deputy leader of Fine Gael. The move was announced at a meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary(...)

Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English says he “very much” supports the review of the Act. Photograph: Alan Betson

A review of whether Traveller accommodation legislation is delivering on its aims is set be announced, almost 20 years after it was enacted. The 199(...)

Ireland’s next taoiseach:  Leo Varadkar arrives at the Fine Gael count on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Buying pints on an early-summer evening in Dublin may have seemed a pleasant task, but it was work all the same. John Paul Phelan, the Fine Gael TD fo(...)

Simon Coveney:   said he could still win the race to succeed Enda Kenny

A member of Simon Coveney’s campaign team in the Fine Gael leadership race is facing sanctions from party headquarters after claiming on Twitter that (...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton surprised some by supporting Leo Varadkar’s push to lead Fine Gael. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Six Cabinet Ministers are set to declare for Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar in the contest to replace Enda Kenny as leader of Fine Gael. (...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney launching his campaign for the Fine Gael leadership with supporters including Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has insisted he will run a positive campaign to become Fine Gael leader but declined to state how much he will spen(...)

“In truth, those closest to the Taoiseach say only two people know exactly what is going to happen: Kenny and his wife Fionnuala.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There is a famous political cartoon of William Howard Taft, inspired by a quote from his once best friend and later deadly political enemy, the swashb(...)