‘In Leo Varadkar’s first month, Fianna Fáil has for understandable political reasons sought to hobble the new Taoiseach.’ File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Five weeks is too short a period to form anything approaching a defining assessment of any prime minister. However, as politics is about to go into re(...)

New Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has reshuffled his Cabinet.

Contrary to much of the disappointed media commentary, Leo Varadkar managed to pull off a fairly dramatic Cabinet reshuffle. If anything, he may have (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. There is a consensus in Leinster House that a Varadkar-led Government will be edgier, more combative. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar has promised that his Government will be different. For one, he says, he wants to scotch any public perception Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil (...)

Leo Varadkar at Áras an Uachtaráin before receiving his seal of office from President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

International reaction to the election of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach has largely focused on his sexuality. Mr Varadkar joins Luxembourg’s Prime Minis(...)

Leo Varadkar after he was elected Taoiseach on Wednesday, at Leinster House.  Photograph: Collins Photos

It was not until he was formally elected Taoiseach yesterday that the full implications of Leo Varadkar’s extraordinary rise to the most powerful offi(...)

Declaring that he was ‘elected to lead but I promise to serve’, Leo Varadkar recommitted himself to the Coalition arrangement. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Leo Varadkar was elected Taoiseach yesterday and immediately announced a Cabinet reshuffle in which he promoted several Fine Gael TDs to leadership po(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.  Photograph:  Stephen Collins

Taoiseach Leo Eric Varadkar (38) Dublin West Outgoing minister for social protection, previously held health and transport portfolio. Mr Varadkar (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announcing his cabinet in the Dáil on Wednesday evening.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor was the only casualty in Leo Varadkar’s Cabinet reshuffle following his appointment as Taoiseach on Wednesday. Eoghan Murphy,(...)

Independent TD Michael Lowry said of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “On the basis of ... two discussions I had with him, I am very happy to support him as Taoiseach and to continue to support this Government, particularly on budgetary matters.” File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Independent TD Michael Lowry has said he had “two discussions’’ with Leo Varadkar before deciding to vote for him as Taoiseach. He told the Dáil on (...)

Leo Varadkar with  President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin where he was appointed Taoiseach. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Leo Varadkar has signed his warrant of office and assumed the role of Taoiseach. He is the youngest person to hold the office since the foundation of (...)