Leo Varadkar: the favourable outcome of the first phase of Brexit negotiations was achieved in the face of considerable pressure from Downing Street. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Taoiseach to be pitted against Micheál Martin in election slugfest

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a news conference at the end of the European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels on December 15th. Photograph: ReuterS/Phil Noble

EU figures point to slow pace of process so far and large volume of work remaining

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said his party would  campaign in a respectful and dignified fashion to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister Eoghan Murphy says abortion is a matter for a ‘woman and her doctor’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for  the second day of the European Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA.

Leaders meet in Brussels to discuss moving British withdrawal process on to second phase

The 24 heads of state who are members of the Defence Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco), on the side of the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Leo Varadkar says State has responsibility to defend ‘common European home’

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May arrives for an  EU summit in Brussels, where EU leaders are to agree formally that sufficient progress has been made to move to next phase of talks. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Phase two talks will only begin when phase one commitments are made legal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives at the European Council meeting in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

Varadkar says he hopes Brexit-supporting politicians realise the problem they caused

Will the process undergone by both the Citizens’ Assembly and the Oireachtas committee – where weeks of discussion and debate led to a more liberal position than might have been expected – be replicated in the country at large? Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A large chunk of voters are in the middle: most favouring repeal, but many nervous

British Brexit secretary David Davis on the BBC’s ‘Andrew Marr Show’. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty

Brexit officials express doubts over UK promises on the issue ahead of Brussels summit

Frances Fitzgerald: she quit just hours before a Fianna Fáil motion of no confidence in her would have brought the Government down

'Irish Times' poll finds even Fine Gael voters say Fitzgerald should have resigned sooner

David Davis  on The Andrew Marr Show.

David Davis: Deal was ‘more a statement of intent’ than a ‘legally enforceable thing’

Protesters at a Repeal the Eighth Amendment Rally in   Dublin this year. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Opinion poll analysis: Referendum campaign likely to be heavily influenced by what is proposed to replace abortion ban

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. “He will go to Brussels next week with his stature enhanced both domestically and in Europe.” Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Taoiseach’s judgment in Fitzgerald episode overlooked by public amid Brexit gains

Pro-choice demonstrators outside Leinster House in Dublin last month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI Poll finds support for repeal consistent among supporters of all parties

 Britain’s secretary of state for Brexit  David Davis (left), Britain’s prime minister Theresa May (second left), European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (second right)and European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (right) meet at the European Commission in Brussels, on Friday morning. Photograph: EPA

DUP would have preferred if May did not sign deal, says it won ‘six substantive changes’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney. The Irish position has angered the pro-Brexit lobby in London. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Majority support threat to block Brexit progress until Border issue resolved

British prime minister Theresa May may travel to Brussels on Friday to conclude a deal with commission president Jean-Claude Juncker if the Irish, British and EU teams can agree on language. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

‘Irish Times’ poll finds overwhelming public support for Varadkar’s tough line with UK

Irish Times poll: Leo Varadkar benefited from being seen to stand up for Irish interests. Photograph: Reuters

Inside Politics: Fine Gael sees a jump in support to establish a significant lead over Fianna Fáil

Latest poll reveals Fine Gael stretch clear of Fianna Fáil to enjoy an 11-point lead

Leo Varadkar: the last time a taoiseach had this sort of approval rating was in July 2011. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

He has projected an image of standing up for Ireland – a good look for any Taoiseach

British prime minister Theresa May with DUP leader Arlene Foster wh spoke by telephone on Wednesday as efforts continue to rescue a deal on the Border arrangements after Brexit.  Photograph: Daniel Leal Olivas/AFP/Getty

Taoiseach is playing a dangerous game, says DUP’s Nigel Dodds

British prime minister Theresa May:  It seems incredible that, 18 months after the Brexit vote, the British government has not spelled out what exactly it wants from the negotiations. Photograph: Andy Rain/Bloomberg

Ball is in Theresa May’s court, says Taoiseach, but it seems clear she has no gameplan

DUP shock: Arlene Foster with party colleagues Jeffrey Donaldson and Nigel Dodds in Belfast on Monday. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Draft agreement was a ‘big shock’ to Democratic Unionists, says Arlene Foster

British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker prior to addressing a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday.  Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Unionists reject ‘regulatory divergence’ as Varadkar says he is ‘disappointed’ with impasse

Mood swings: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney at a press conference at Government buildings. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Irish Government lurches from elation to dejection after DUP forces May into U-turn

Sgt Maurice McCabe: The fact some forces in the State were so determined to destroy him shows how serious and substantial were his complaints, how threatening to power. Photograph: Alan Betson

If Irish system is as corrupt as critics claim, why have so many in power stepped down?

Paschal Donohoe: will be closely watching Tuesday’s meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tax could reduce Ireland’s appeal as a base for Google, Apple, Facebook and LinkedIn

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Council President Donald Tusk speaking at a joint press conference at the Government buildings on Friday afternoon. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

If UK’s offer on the Border ‘is unacceptable to Ireland it will be unacceptable to the EU’

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said other EU countries were fully supportive of Ireland’s position on the Border. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/EPA

Government could not accept re-emergence of Border, says Tánaiste

Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley Jr delivers a speech during the annual DUP party conference at La Mon House on November 25th, 2017. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

‘I think you would be better off with us’ - DUP MP says Republic should leave EU

Leo Varadkar: Will announce a new  tánaiste and Cabinet member today.  Photograph: Dáil/PA

Inside Politics: Irish Border remains final hurdle to overcome to enable phase two of talks to begin

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: will meet with British prime minister Theresa May on Monday.  Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Ministers intensify contacts with Britain and EU prior to crucial Brexit meeting on Monday

Frances Fitzgerald arriving on Tuesday night at Finnstown House Hotel, Lucan, for the Fine Gael Dublin Mid West general election convention, after her resignation from her post earlier in the day. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins

Tánaiste’s departure ends crisis that threatened pre-Christmas general election

Minister for Justice   Charlie Flanagan:  Taoiseach says his department was largely responsible for Frances Fitzgerald’s resignation. Photograph: Eric Luke

Leo Varadkar vows to restore public confidence in ‘dysfunctional’ State department

Outgoing tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Mr Varadkar acknowledged the good faith of Micheál Martin and Fianna Fáil during the controversy.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Crisis around Fitzgerald likely to shorten Government’s life as relations frayed

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald  leaves Government Buildings on Monday night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fresh revelations about treatment of Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe undermine effort to resolve crisis

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is seen on Monday at the funeral of former TD Donal Creed in Cork on Monday. Mr Varadkar will resume talks on Monday with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in a bid to avoid a general election. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Varadkar and Martin to resume talks tonight in a bid to avert general election

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. As minister for justice she made it clear that the Garda’s difficulties required action from the force itself.

Profile: Tánaiste drew on doggedness and canniness to return from political wilderness

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “Leo is not looking at this through the usual political lens,” said a senior Fine Gael politician. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

FG and FF have little more than a day left to work out a deal to save this Government

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: restated on Saturday that he would not seek Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald’s resignation. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Election looms as late-night meeting between Varadkar and Martin fails to end crisis

Leinster House. The politics of pragmatism requires a clear-headed view of priorities. In recent days the priorities on view have been partisan advantage, ego and bloody-mindedness

Varadkar decided Martin was bluffing and called the bluff – a disastrous misjudgment

Leo Varadkar: Fianna Fáil had signalled to him  on Tuesday that the email to Fitzgerald represented a very big problem. Photograph: Getty Images

Three Dáil parties have indulged in a snowblind waltz towards an unwanted election

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald leaving Government Buildings on Friday evening: she is understood to be adamant she will not resign.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Parties look to December 19th poll despite idea of Fitzgerald temporarily stepping aside

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald along with the Cabinet. Photograph: Maxwell

Even if Government finds a way through Fitzgerald affair, there will be a toxic legacy

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin must judge whether he wants to run the risk of pulling down the Government on the issue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Crisis in government takes more serious turn as SF table motion of no confidence

Tnaiste Frances Fitzgerald making a statement “on justice matters” to the Senate.

Inside Politics: If you’re a bit confused, take comfort in the fact you are not alone

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald  faces defenestration  unless she can satisfy Sinn Féin’s requests for better answers about the Maurice McCabe controversy than she has managed over the past two days. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Analysis: Tánaiste’s fate depends on attitudes of Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil and Taoiseach

Micheál Martin said that the email from a senior official to Franis Fitzgerald, which she said she had forgotten about, was “damning”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach could be faced with a simple choice: his Tánaiste or a general election

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald speaking on justice issues in the Seanad tonight. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

Frances Fitzgerald gives Seanad staunch defence of actions over Garda whistleblower controversy

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: Her explanation remains  she was extremely incurious about matters which might have been unprofitable to be too inquisitive about.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Lack of recollection of email about Maurice McCabe may prompt no-confidence motion

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, centre, with EU foreign and defence ministers after signing the notification on Pesco

Pesco projects likely to range from peacekeeping operations to weapons research

Mary Lou McDonald, heir presumptive to Gerry Adams’s crown as Sinn Féin leader. Photograph: Alan Betson

Analysis: Changes to leadership and coalition stance aimed at boosting appeal in Republic

Gerry Adams: he understands that  the facts can change if the symbols are maintained. Photograph: Getty Images

A government in the North would be a powerful dynamic in the Brexit process

Gerry Adams, Michelle O’Neill and Mary Lou McDonald at the start of the Sinn Féin ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin president expected to lay out time frame for exiting role in ‘historic’ ardfheis

Sinn Féin’s leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill with colleague Conor Murphy. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire.

Northern leader says party would accept abortion in certain, limited cases

Gerry Adams personifies for many all they dislike about Sinn Féin and the Provisional IRA.

‘If we go into the next election with Gerry as leader, it caps our potential growth’ – source

The Republic of Ireland’s James McClean (right) and Daryl Murphy stand dejected after a 5-1 defeat to Denmark on Tuesday night ended their World Cup qualification hopes. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Inside politics: Hold that soup run; the fate of Gerry Adams; Ross heads to London

Simon Coveney: Minister told his EU colleagues that  he was confident Ireland’s participation would be approved. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach to consult ‘major Opposition parties’ before bringing EU proposal to the House

Senator Catherine Noone said that the Oireachtas committee had found it difficult to find expert medical witnesses who wanted the Eighth Amendment  retained in its present form. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Organisation to launch ‘Every Woman’ campaign in support of repealing Eighth Amendment

Hospital consultants consider the reallocation of funds from hospital to general practice as a key development in addressing the problems in the health system. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Report calls for substantial investment to move away from ‘hospital centric’ system

Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the European Union: the EU is drawing up contingency plans for the possible collapse of Britain’s departure talks. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Leo Varadkar says Ireland must prepare itself for UK exiting without agreement

Peadar Tóibín holds different views on abortion than many of his Sinn Féin colleagues.

Peadar Tóibín said more witnesses to committee favoured repealing amendment

Tax avoidance: if a country behaved like Apple – which is richer than many countries – it would be regarded as a rogue state. Photograph: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty

Pat Leahy: The political centre needs to force big business to pay its way

Brexit talks: the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said time is running out for agreement on the Border. Dublin anti-Brexit protest photographed by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty

Varadkar: London must explain how to avoid hard Border if it wants to discuss trade

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivering his first party leader speech at the Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, last night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Taoiseach delivers first party conference speech and highlights middle-income earners

Leo Varadkar: Struck a note of cautious optimism in the Dail on Brexit. Photograph: PA Wire
Good news on Brexit?

Inside Politics: Leo Varadkar tells the Dáil he believes a Brexit talks breakthrough is likely in the coming weeks

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “It is not going to be possible to fully resolve the Border question until we start to talk about the future relationship that the UK will have with the European Union.” Photograph: PA

Brussels believes December summit may decide trade talks phase can begin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Will give his keynote speech at the Fine Gael national conference on Friday night instead of Saturday night, when Ireland play Denmark in Copenhagen.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Varadkar moves keynote speech to avoid clashing with Ireland’s World Cup play-off

Minister for Transport and Sport Shane Ross said the award of the 2023 Rugby World Cup was a “matter of persuasion”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Government lobbying to have South Africa 2023 recommendation set aside in favour of Irish bid

Tánaiste and Minister for Business Frances Fitzgerald, who briefed the Cabinet on the report, “Building Stronger Business”, on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Report urges firms doing trade with UK to diversify their markets and avail of supports

Supreme Court has two more vacancies; further appointments not thought imminent

Outside the Department of the Taoiseach in 2015, over 80 suitcases signify the number of women who travel to the UK to access a safe and legal abortion. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

UN Human Rights Committee case concerns abortion in UK for fatal foetal abnormality

Chairman of the Oireachtas culture committee Peadar Tóibín is seeking support from the committee to hear from the Arts Council, the actors’ union Equity, and the chair of the Gate’s board. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach says allegations should be investigated ‘in the first instance’ by theatre

It has emerged that after Ireland changed its laws, Apple made one of the three “stateless” companies resident in Ireland and the other two in Jersey. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Paradise Papers: Apple says it changed residency of its Irish subsidiaries but insists move did not reduce tax payments

Eoghan Murphy is expected to bring a memorandum to this week’s Cabinet meeting with proposed terms of reference to set up a local government boundaries committee. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Independent Alliance Ministers to ‘fiercly oppose’ Eoghan Murphy’s plans

Some local election areas should be reduced in size,  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and  Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy have said. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Vital to have electoral boundaries reflecting ‘communities people live in’ – Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it was a matter for the Gate Theatre to put in place procedures to investigate the allegations properly. Photograph: Collins

Taoiseach says treat allegations seriously ‘but we shouldn’t always assume they’re true’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Monday the OECD process is the best way to tackle international tax avoidance. Photograph: Reuters

State more focused on tackling social welfare fraud than ending ‘rotten’ practice, charities say

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is understood to have been lobbying hard to attract key agencies to Dublin post-Brexit at last week’s European summit. Photograph: Kamil Zihnioglu

Lobbying to attract European HQs to Ireland after Brexit focusing now on banking agency

Flu warning: a new vaccine-resistant strain could lead to the hospitalisation of many Irish people. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Pat Leahy: Another hospital crisis in early 2018 might be the trigger for an election

EU leaders at summit in Brussels on October 20th: EU efforts to introduce common rules for taxation have a long history. Ireland has always resisted them. Photograph:  Virginia Mayo/Reuters

Looming decisions in Brussels will impact hugely on Ireland’s general economic model

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Will the State take further action against the banks? Will the Garda be called in?

Labour senator Ivana Bacik: “Women effectively work for free for one month a year.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Labour Bill accepted by Government would apply to firms with more than 50 employees

Paschal Donohoe: has learned some of the realities of life in Merrion Street. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

You’re on your last chance, the Minister is saying. This approach has its limitations

Apple back taxes: the tech giant had cash reserves of $261.5 billion, or €223 billion, in early July. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Government in talks with one company to manage funds while in escrow

Asked how he would describe the consequences of a hard Brexit, Enda Kenny replied “potentially catastrophic”.  Photograph: Barbara Lindberg.

Former taoiseach tells New York audience UK has not drafted trade deals for 40 years

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will brief Ministers about the Government’s response to the tracker mortgage scandal at a Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Mood hardens in Government circles in favour of sanctions against lenders

Voting on the pro-choice motion on abortion at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis earlier this month, in the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Referendum will depend on what Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil agree between them

Leo Varadkar clashed with Macron in the council discussion over a potential digital tax, a proposal yet to be formulated by the Commission, but one much desired by the French. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Leo Varadkar, a political nerd before he became a politician, is in his element

The Irish Government fears that changes to EU rules would mean US tech companies paying less tax in Ireland and more in other EU countries. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/ AP

Taoiseach says he will miss Theresa May’s support when the UK leaves the EU

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was unwilling to echo more apocalyptic language used by  Commissioner Phil Hogan  warning that the EU is on a cliff edge.  Photograph: REUTERS/Eric Vidal

‘If UK is leaving the EU, it is incumbent on them to put forward detailed proposals’

Leo Varadkar     in Brussels on Thursday: “The position of Ireland.. is that if we are going to do anything on digital taxation, we should do it on an international basis through the OECD.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Draft conclusions of meeting urge EU to ensure all companies pay fair share of taxes

Leo Varadkar  in Brussels, on Thursday: “A customs union is a little bit like a marriage, if you want to put it that way. And once you’re committed to a marriage, you’re committed to it,” he said. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Most people in North are likely to seek to remain European citizens ‘for the convenience’

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: says pace of “divorce” talks inadequate. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Simon Coveney welcomes ‘very strong language on Ireland’ in EU summit documents

The constitutional ban on abortion is “unworkable” because of online access to abortion pills, Peter Boylan, the former master of Holles St and chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Ireland, will tell the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The constitutional ban on abortion is ‘unworkable’, Prof Boylan will tell the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment on Wedn(...)

People familiar with the  Brexit negotiations in Brussels tell me that political instability in London and Franco-German impatience with it are a growing negative dynamic at the talks

The implosion of the British political elite has pretty hairy consequences for Ireland

Micheál Martin: he dominates Fianna Fáil but does not control it absolutely. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Analysis: Growing expectation in Fine Gael that Martin will manoeuvre election early in 2018

Demonstrators fly a European Union flag and a Union Jack outside  the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London,  October 12th, 2017. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Latest round of talks end with no sign of progress hoped for after May’s Florence speech

Paschal Donohoe: a realist and a quick learner. Photograph: Collins

Inside Politics: Minister’s savvy budget draws grudging admiration around Leinster House

Each option has uncertainties and pitfalls, says committee’s legal adviser Nuala Butler

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