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Papal Cross in Phoenix Park: It took less than two weeks for tickets to the closing Mass of the pope’s six-day visit to be booked out, with 400,000 snapped up in the first 48 hours. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

All 500,000 tickets for the Mass that Pope Francis will celebrate in the Phoenix Park in Dublin on his visit next month have been taken up, the organi(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  ringing the opening bell of the NYSE in New York, July 3rd.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said Donald Trump’s criticism of the media was one of the few things he could sympathise with the US president about. Mr V(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar laying a wreath at UN Building in New York to Irish who died on UN peacekeeping missions. Photograph: Kim Haughton

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there was “no vanity” in Ireland seeking a seat on the United Nations Security Council; the motivation was to protect (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar   in Brussels last week. He will be attending a series of events in New York on Monday marking the formal launch of Ireland’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.  Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Winning a seat on the UN Security Council would place Ireland “at the heart of UN decision-making on international peace, security and development,” T(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney answer questions from reporters during their visit to New York. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended asking Independent TD Michael Lowry for his support to elect him as Taoiseach last year. He denied Mr Lowry’s cla(...)

A coloured scanning electron micrograph of a cell of a cervical carcinoma. File photograph: Getty Images

The terminally ill woman who on Friday settled her legal action over incorrect smear tests only received a call back from the Health Service Executive(...)

David Drumm arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice  in Dublin on Wednesday where Judge Karen O’Connor jailed him for conspiracy to defraud and false accounting. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief David Drumm last night began serving the longest jail term handed down to a one-time executive of the now defunct lender(...)

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  said the report made for “difficult reading”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Systems failures within the State’s child protection agency is leading to the mishandling of child sex abuse allegations and leaving vulnerable childr(...)

Tokyo, Japan: the country is Ireland’s biggest trading partner in Asia  but it is one of the most expensive locations in the Irish network of 80 overseas diplomatic missions

The Government is spending almost €23 million on land and a building to house a new Irish embassy in Japan and other State agencies including Enterpri(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (L) and former taoiseach Enda Kenny during the European of the Year award ceremony  in recognition of Kenny’s contribution to Irish-EU relations in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Enda Kenny has maintained a strict silence since stepping down as Taoiseach exactly a year ago this week, but yesterday saw his first major interventi(...)

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