Varadkar adamant preferred general election date is next May Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, whose spokesman said there had been a consistent preference for a May 2020 date and that had not changed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Parties say they are largely prepared for early election if one is called

Kildare Village and IMMA announce programme of events and exhibitions IMMA

The collaboration will include a number of events and installations in Kildare Village, offering guests a chance to experience the collection in an alternative setting

Sponsored by Kildare Village
Chris Johns: Why did Boris Johnson perform the mother of all Brexit U-turns?  Boris Johnson:  he wants to do lots of deals, not least with the US. But the logic of the promised close relationship with the EU means that deals with other countries become much harder

Logic and facts have an annoying habit of asserting themselves: perhaps the only surprise is that it took so long

How restaurants are handling no-shows and cancellations “Restaurants are petrified people won’t turn up. Irish people are getting better at realising what they should do, but there is still a long way to go.” Photograph: iStock

Last-minute cancellations or no-shows have become so widespread that many restaurants are implementing booking deposits and late-cancellation charges to tackle the problem

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