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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, during a press conference at the Institute of Technology Carlow. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar has said voters should be wary of parties offering change which he claimed would “risk the economy” and the “democratic (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael candidate Gabrielle McFadden canvassing at the Sheraton Shopping Centre in Athlone, County Westmeath.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said her party’s surge in opinion polls is reflective of an “energy and momentum” on the ground. On Sunday, sh(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (left) and  Labour leader Brendan Howlin are pictured  during the seven-way RTÉ leaders debate at NUI Galway (NUIG) on Monday. Photograph:  Niall Carson/Pool/Getty Images.

Nobody messed up, but nobody hit a home run either in the first seven-way leaders’ debate of the general election campaign. Heading into the RTÉ deba(...)

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Suggestions he has neglected his brief for pet projects are rejected as a ‘myth’.  Photograph: Alan Betson

In a few weeks from now, Shane Ross hopes to find himself in the same position he was four years ago: re-elected to the Dáil and negotiating with pote(...)

Christmas cheer:  Micheál Martin, Finian McGrath, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mary Lou McDonald, Róisín Shortall and Shane Ross at the Oireachtas Christmas tree lights switching-on ceremony at Leinster House.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The numbers alternated slightly on the board that hangs in Seán Kyne’s office, but the Government Chief Whip’s calculations always pointed to a Govern(...)

Seán Canney: Under “expenditure on policy formulation”, Mr Canney listed different restaurants such as Bang (€140), the Sussex (€208), Matt the Thresher (€332), The Ivy (€92), La Cave (€86) and Fire (€122). Photograph: Alan Betson

A Minister of State submitted receipts from leading restaurants near Leinster House as part of “expenditure on policy formulation” permitted under Sta(...)

Kate Holmquist, photographed at home in 2013.Photograph: Alan Betson

Tributes have been paid to the journalist and author Kate Holmquist, who has died. The death of Ms Holmquist (62), who lived in Sandycove in Co Dubl(...)

 European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government is “standing firmly” behind its nomination of Phil Hogan as Ireland’s next EU commissioner despite a demand for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (...)

Mirazur, in Menton in the South of France, has been named the world’s best restaurant 2019. Photograph: World’s 50 Best

The prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants announced a surprise winner on Tuesday when  Mirazur, in Menton in the South of France, beat Noma 2.0(...)

New Central Bank governor Gabriel Makhlouf  ‘has been appointed under law’. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg via Getty

The process of appointing new Central Bank governor Gabriel Makhlouf should be paused because of controversy engulfing him in his native New Zealand, (...)

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