Ivana Bacik said the referendum on the repeal of the eighth amendment on abortion needed to be held by the end of February or early March next year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The first priority of the new Taoiseach must be to set a date for a referendum on the repeal of the eighth amendment on abortion, the Seanad has heard(...)

Cath lab: each additional 10km that patients must travel could increase absolute mortality rates by 1 per cent. Photograph: Jolife/Physio-Control

The Health Service Executive has made significant errors of judgment in attempting to reorganise cardiac care in the southeast. Beyond the evident inc(...)

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(...)

Fine Gael TD for Dublin West Leo Varadkar’s meteoric rise is partly the result of avoiding contentious decisions in favour of popular rhetoric. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/AFP/Getty Images

In Dublin West 10 years ago, Leo Varadkar, then trying to win a seat in a tightly fought constituency, distributed hundreds of Lion bars, emblazoned w(...)

Their respective records on housing  and health suggest that either    Simon  Coveney and Leo Varadkar, if they get the big job, will be pretty much what we’re already used to: purveyors of cautious, piecemeal, unambitious tweaks to the status quo

The playwright Tom Murphy has always insisted that the most important question about any drama is: what is at stake? As the long-heralded Leo and Simo(...)

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 Social Protection Leo Varadkar: a career politician, whose drive and determination come with personal sacrifice. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fifteen years ago, a 23-year-old Leo Varadkar wrote to The Irish Times proposing a new system for electing the leader of Fine Gael. He, and the co-si(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  launching the Finite Lives at Government Buildings prior to announcing his resignation.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced he is stepping down as leader of Fine Gael from midnight. Mr Kenny, who has been leader of Fine Gael since 2002 an(...)

Computer-generated image of what Metro North arriving at Swords station might look like

The National Transport Authority has poured cold water over the possible fast-tracking of the Metro North project, with a leading official saying con(...)

Bishop Kevin Doran: said that he had not been talking about the proposed new National Maternity Hospital at St Vincent’s in Dublin when he spoke to the Sunday Times, but, rather, had spoken “in general terms”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bishop Kevin Doran may have been speaking “in general terms” last Sunday about healthcare provision in Catholic-run institutions, but he accurately re(...)