‘He was always a very kind man. He was respectful,’ Bertie Ahern said of Liam Cosgrave. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Public figures including the president, former taoisigh and party leaders have expressed their condolences at the death of former taoiseach Liam Cosgr(...)

Leo Varadkar will be happy with the latest Ipsos MRBI/Irish Times poll, which shows that he is easily the most popular party leader just four months a(...)

Leo Varadkar: Budget 2018 gives the Taoiseach a megaphone to use on voters. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill A hefty 45 per cent say Leo Varadkar has had a positive impact, against just 14 per cent who view his impact negatively. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Statistically, there’s nothing in it. Fine Gael is up a point, to 31 per cent, Fianna Fáil up two, to 29. The main Government party leads the main Opp(...)

The percentage of voters who expressed support for each party (excluding don’t knows) in the latest ‘Irish Times’/Ipsos MRBI poll.

With less than a week to budget day, today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll shows Fine Gael (on 31 per cent, up one point) maintaining a marginal lead ov(...)

A restoration of the telephone allowance is also being examined as part of the overall package. Photograph: iStock

Older people are poised to benefit in Budget 2018 with a partial restoration of the bereavement grant and further reductions to prescription charges e(...)

WT  Cosgrave, former President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State, and his son  Liam Cosgrave (right) at the Phoenix Park races in 1960

Liam Cosgrave was an uncompromising and often controversial political figure. His record as taoiseach between 1973 and 1977 was mixed but he can be cr(...)

‘Varadkar has decided that the time has come to take  on Sinn Féin.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

When the Taoiseach accused Mary Lou McDonald of resembling Marine Le Pen because she always returns to a script, it may not have been the finest hour (...)

Stepaside Garda Station in Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An increasing population in Stepaside, Co Dublin justifies the reopening of its Garda station despite a significant dip in crime in the area over the (...)

Post-Brexit EU: there are worrying signs that the Government has not begun to grapple seriously with strategic questions. Photograph: iStock/Getty

As potentially one of the biggest economic shocks to hit Ireland in 50 years, the UK’s impending departure from the European Union is naturally the Go(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Mr Varadkar has announced plans for seven referendums. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

We Irish are among the most referenderised people in the world. We have been to the polls to vote on specific propositions for constitutional change n(...)