His sporting week:  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Sport Ireland’s launch of   ‘Get Ireland Walking’ campaign. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

If an army marches on its stomach, then the Taoiseach’s key troops should be in fine fighting fettle come the next election. Leo is like Hyacinth Buc(...)

Mary O’Toole SC  said trying to put complex provisions into the Constitution was “just simply impossible” as it was very difficult to get very complex ideas into a couple of sentences.

The repeal of Article 40.3.3 of the constitution would not bring about “abortion on demand in Ireland”, the Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth (...)

Máire Whelan has her appointment to the  Court of Appeal rubberstamped by President Michael D Higgins, as crafty Leo looks on. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Taoiseach had a problem last weekend. He acted very decisively – with indecent haste, to be more precise – by bundling the former attorney gener(...)

 People Before Profit  TD Brid Smith. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A ruling that Oireachtas groupings should not be allowed to rotate members on the abortion committee has been objected to in the Dáil by People Before(...)

 Hildegarde Naughton will be one of four Fine Gael TDs on the Oireachtas abortion committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs Hildegarde Naughton and Peter Fitzpatrick will take the final two slots on the 21-person Oireachtas abortion committee. Fine Gael and F(...)

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Seán Fitzpatrick (68).

The judge in the trial of the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick on Tuesday acquitted him on all charges at the Circuit Criminal Cou(...)

Varadkar has been preparing for years, his team for months. Numerous people have been involved , but most were in the dark about who else was involved. Everyone fed back to him, but only a select handful knew the full plan

It was as good as it would get for Simon Coveney as he walked down Dublin’s Mount Street to hand in his nomination papers at Fine Gael headquarters on(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has again insisted he will not become involved directly in the dispute at Bus Éireann. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has again insisted he will not get directly involved in the ongoing dispute at Bus Éireann. During a sitting of the(...)

Lollipop questioning: Páraic Duffy, John Delaney and Philip Browne. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

To the national parliament, where the heads of the country’s three biggest sporting bodies got a demonstration of how not to run a committee meeting. (...)

John Delaney: batted away the issue of the €5 million rather casually, insisting  concluding that the FAI  had issued a detailed statement about it at the time. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

John Delaney would have known from experience that he had nothing much to fear from his date with the members of the Joint Committee on Transport, To(...)