The file on mental health spending reveals huge tensions between Mr Varadkar and Ms Lynch over the issue, both before and after last year’s budget. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

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Master florist Lamber de Bie with Vase Attack,  a special floral installation as part of the VASE: Function Reviewed exhibition

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 Hughie O’Donoghue: ‘If you want to get at all close to a true version of events, you have to make room for the inconvenient bits as well.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

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Dust Defying Gravity (2004) from the exhibition 3 Different Nights Recurring by Grace Weir. Courtesy of the artist

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Áine Divine painting Ian McKellen

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The studio of Edward McGuire, which his wife, Sally Maguire, donated to Imma. Photograph: Nick Miller

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Brian Ballard at his retrospective at Rathfarnham Castle

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One of Mark Garry’s trademark rainbows of coloured thread

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New side of Leo Varadkar: the Fine Gael TD told Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ last weekend that he’s gay. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly
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