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Rory Montgomery: regarded as the “intellectual powerhouse on all things European”.

Most Thursday mornings they meet in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at Iveagh House on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green. There are no green jer(...)

HSE director-general Tony O’Brien. The Department of Health claimed Mr O’Brien was ‘overly focused on a transition fund’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A struggle between the Health Service Executive and the Department of Health at the highest levels over how the €15 billion spending plan for the heal(...)

Sgt Maurice McCabe at the Charleton Tribunal at Dublin Castle. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach has appointed a senior counsel to conduct a review of how the Department of Justice dealt with the provision of documents to the Charlet(...)

Former Garda ombudsman  Conor Brady has called for radical reform of the force. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former Garda ombudsman Conor Brady has said the appointment of a new Garda Commissioner will make little difference to the problems in the force, call(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: believes public and political debate is riven by misconceptions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

At the end of The Candidate, the 1972 Oscar-winning film about a no-hoper candidate for the US senate who pulls off a famous victory, there is a momen(...)

New Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has reshuffled his Cabinet.

Contrary to much of the disappointed media commentary, Leo Varadkar managed to pull off a fairly dramatic Cabinet reshuffle. If anything, he may have (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan were honoured at the event.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Cabinet colleagues of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan organised a farewell dinner for them on Thursday night, surprising (...)

Leo Varadkar impressed many with his command of policy areas beyond his ministerial brief during the hustings debate.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Over the coming days, officials in the Department of the Taoiseach are likely to be asked to prepare Leo Varadkar’s homework. Briefing books containi(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe  with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  at Government Buildings, announcing that the Cabinet had agreed to appeal the €13 billion Apple tax decision. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The drum beats from Brussels grew louder last week, as officials and ministers trailed back to the office after the holidays. A final ruling in the (...)

In 2015 alone, some 50,000 cattle were sent over the Border, according to Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. Photograph: The Irish Times

In the wake of the Brexit vote, farming interests in Northern Ireland are anxious to work with the Republic to secure the best deal for exports, accor(...)

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