Leo Varadkar: Budget 2018 gives the Taoiseach a megaphone to use on voters. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill A hefty 45 per cent say Leo Varadkar has had a positive impact, against just 14 per cent who view his impact negatively. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Statistically, there’s nothing in it. Fine Gael is up a point, to 31 per cent, Fianna Fáil up two, to 29. The main Government party leads the main Opp(...)

The percentage of voters who expressed support for each party (excluding don’t knows) in the latest ‘Irish Times’/Ipsos MRBI poll.

With less than a week to budget day, today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll shows Fine Gael (on 31 per cent, up one point) maintaining a marginal lead ov(...)

Robert Harris: taking a more nuanced view of the second World War. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

“Britain is the only European country to come out of the war feeling better about itself than when it went in,” says Robert Harris, when I ask why the(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: also considering the old favourites of hiking excise on tobacco and alcohol. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A rise in stamp duty on commercial property is being considered as one of the main revenue-raising measures in the budget, as the Government searches(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave as he donated his father’s papers to the Royal Irish Academy in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

His election slogan in the 1973 general election campaign sums up what Liam Cosgrave’s political career was about. It was: “Cosgrave puts the nation (...)

File image of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave looking onto the main square at Collins Barracks in Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Conor Cruise O’Brien told me a story about the time in 1956 when he was head of the United Nations section of the Department of External Affairs. The(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

His election slogan in the 1973 general election campaign sums up what Liam Cosgrave’s political career was about. It was: “Cosgrave puts the nation (...)

WT  Cosgrave, former President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State, and his son  Liam Cosgrave (right) at the Phoenix Park races in 1960

Liam Cosgrave was an uncompromising and often controversial political figure. His record as taoiseach between 1973 and 1977 was mixed but he can be cr(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Liam Cosgrave has died aged 97. Mr Cosgrave led the Fine Gael-Labour coalition Government which ended 16 years (...)

P45: the comedian Simon Brodkin, aka Lee Nelson, hands Theresa May a fake P45 at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty

British cabinet ministers defended Theresa May on Wednesday after her keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference fell victim to a prankster a(...)