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Reform of the taxation of share options as announced in the budget speech by Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe followed extensive consultation with interested parties. Photograph: Alan Betson

On budget day, the Government announced that it would reform the taxation of share options with a new scheme to be known as the key employee engagemen(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the  Fine Gael think-in in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, ahead of the resumption of the Dáil next week.  Photograph:  PA Wire

Directness and caution. These have been the main characteristics of Leo Varadkar’s first 100 days as Ireland’s leader, a milestone he reaches next Thu(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: believes public and political debate is riven by misconceptions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

At the end of The Candidate, the 1972 Oscar-winning film about a no-hoper candidate for the US senate who pulls off a famous victory, there is a momen(...)

Chief Justice: Ms Justice Susan Denham is retiring after six years in the role. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Cabinet is expected to nominate the next chief justice at its final planned meeting before the summer recess on Wednesday. There had been concer(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál  Martin:  said trust between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael had been damaged by the events of the past few days. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The process of former attorney general Máire Whelan’s nomination as a judge on the Court of Appeal drew criticism from Ministers at Tuesday’s Cabinet (...)

Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath. File photograph: Collins

An Independent Minister has accused senior legal figures of lobbying against the appointment of former Attorney General Máire Whelan to the Court of A(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and the  Cabinet: Mr Varadkar  is likely to scale down the engagements he will attend and become a “bit more removed”. Photograph:

The opening acts of any new government are public relations; the way a new Taoiseach and Ministers see themselves in the most ideal form, and the way (...)

Former attorney general Máire Whelan’s evidence supported Enda Kenny’s account of Martin Callinan’s departure from the position of Garda commissioner. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The commission of investigation headed by judge Nial Fennelly heard evidence from former attorney general Máire Whelan on the circumstances surroundin(...)

Leo Varadkar impressed many with his command of policy areas beyond his ministerial brief during the hustings debate.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Over the coming days, officials in the Department of the Taoiseach are likely to be asked to prepare Leo Varadkar’s homework. Briefing books containi(...)

Cruinniú na Cásca is part of the programme of Creative Ireland, led by former director of Ireland 2016 John Concannon. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of events will take place on Monday as part of Cruinniú na Cásca,the first national signs of the legacy left by last year’s centenary Easter (...)

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