Bertie Ahern

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From left, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Laura Magahy, Dr Tom Keane and Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

The woman selected to oversee a 10-year plan to reform the State’s health service has been urged to divest her stake in a consultancy firm before taki(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris sought approval from Cabinet on Thursday morning for the appointment of Laura Magahy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government has approved the appointment of Laura Magahy as executive director of the Slaintecare programme office. Ms Magahy is a former director(...)

The vibrancy of Dublin nightlife and its high-concept restaurants and bars is forcing up costs for punters and developers.

THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS: A MENU OF COSTS They call it “meanwhile use” in property developer shorthand. It’s the market or cafe that slots itself temp(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: positively and expansively infers the meeting can help London and Dublin work together to restore devolution. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

At last, the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference is to be convened. Simon Coveney, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, announced it will meet in(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern urged  Leo Varadkar to push for a deal on the key issues facing Ireland. Photograph: David Sleator

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is a “buffoon” who will “ruin” Ireland and the United Kingdom because of his determination to quit the Europea(...)

A performance in  the Secret Garden at Butler House in Kilkenny last year. The Secret Garden series will take place twice daily at August’s festival. Photograph: Pat Moore

An open-air production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Kilkenny Castle, along with world premieres of new dance and circus performances,(...)

“At the moment everything is driven by the chaos in London.” Britain’s prime minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Before every European summit, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar discusses the upcoming issues with his Cabinet and reports to the Dáil. A meeting of the cabinet (...)

Euro 88: I was damned if I was going to witness the event chasing other supporters for quotes and racing to meet deadlines. I would be going as a fan, a paid-up member of Jack’s Green Army. Photograph: INM/Getty

In the spring of 1988 I was a 24-year-old reporter at the Irish Press when my editor offered me a dream assignment: would I be the paper’s colour writ(...)

In 2007, Ahern pointed out that unemployment was at 4.2 per cent, while gross domestic product had grown by 5.3 per cent the year before.  Photograph: David Sleator

One of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s most infamous remarks came in Bundoran, Co Donegal, in July 2007 when he criticised the economic naysayers of t(...)

Leo Varadkar on his visit to the headquarters and heritage museum of the Orange Order in Belfast on Friday. He is the first taoiseach to visit the HQ of the Northern Ireland’s largest Protestant organisation. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

For some who have observed Leo Varadkar at close quarters since he took over as Taoiseach, his preparedness for the twice-weekly Dáil jousts with Oppo(...)

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