Leo Varadkar

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 Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams’s arrest in 2014 was a blow to Mary Lou McDonald when she was on the cusp of becoming an acceptable figure to many middle-ground voters. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Now that Gerry Adams has signalled his departure from the leadership of Sinn Féin, the casual assumption that he was a cap on the party’s electoral po(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said Sinn Féin was unsuitable for government and Fianna Fáil would not do business with them. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has insisted the party will not do business with Sinn Féin, regardless of who leads the party. Speaking at the part(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shows his decorative socks to British prime minister Theresa May (second right) during a round table meeting at an EU summit in  Sweden on Friday. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

The Sun’s UK edition has written a scathing editorial criticising Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s “rookie diplomacy” skills and advising him to concentrate o(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill speaking to media at the start of the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Northern Executive and Assembly can only be restored “on a sustainable basis” when existing agreements are implemented, Sinn Féin deputy leader Ma(...)

Simon Coveney has finally ended his search for a second special adviser. Eyebrows will be raised in the political and media bubble around Kildare Str(...)

In the run-up to the budget the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe appeared on a number of social media videos.

Leo Varadkar’s department has spent just under €22,000 on advertising on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook since he became leader of Fine Gael and Taoisea(...)

Brexit deadlock: Leo Varadkar in Gothenburg on Friday. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty

The UK’s decision to “unilaterally” rule out important options in the Brexit talks has prompted Ireland and the EU to set their own non-negotiable red(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney with British foreign secretary Boris Johnson at Iveagh House in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government now faces a hectic few weeks of negotiation in the run-up to the next summit of EU leaders in mid-December. Central to this will be whe(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte during the European Social Summit in Gothenburg. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

The EU on Friday took a step towards the harmonisation of social standards throughout the union with the signing of a “pillar” of social rights at it(...)

For Ireland the important thing is to get something signed up to by both the UK and EU which will ensure no return of a ‘hard Border’ no matter what way the Brexit talks end. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

Where are we on the issue of the Irish Border after Brexit? We are reaching one of the crunch points – and there is potential for serious tensions b(...)

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