Minister for Health Simon Harris launching the Sláintecare implementation strategy at Government Buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The intention of Sláintecare was to take politics out of healthcare. Why then was it a document prepared by politicians with little regard to the actu(...)

“Sir, - We are the two Young Fine Gael delegates who sucessfully proposed the new system for electing the leader of Fine Gael. We feel shocked, appall(...)

Fine Gael TD for Dublin West Leo Varadkar’s meteoric rise is partly the result of avoiding contentious decisions in favour of popular rhetoric. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/AFP/Getty Images

In Dublin West 10 years ago, Leo Varadkar, then trying to win a seat in a tightly fought constituency, distributed hundreds of Lion bars, emblazoned w(...)

Simon Harris: the question is whether he  wants to stay in Health for invevitable  battles, or escape as others have in the past. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ask most people around Leinster House what they think of Simon Harris, and the same adjectives usually flow: clever, ambitious, hardworking and compet(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris finds himself exactly where others have before: apologising for a system that does not work. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is often the deepest mid-winter when a familiar, lingering crisis arrives on to the political agenda once again. Trolleys pile up on corridors j(...)

Ivanka and Donald Trump: The presence of the president-elect’s daughter, a businesswoman, at a meeting with the Japanese prime minister has yet to be explained. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Any journalist who has shadowed a certain stripe of candidate will know the feeling. It’s that sense of exasperation when they spout slogans on the do(...)

Fine Gael Minister for Health Simon Harris: the first 100 days in office have been kind to him.

The appointment of Simon Harris as Minister for Health puzzled some. Harris was elected to the Dáil in 2011; five years later he was given the politic(...)

Fine Gael strategist Andrew McDowell, who is leaving Government for a top job with the European Investment Bank which comes with a €275,000 salary

It will be little remarked upon outside the Merrion Street and Leinster House bubble, but one of the most significant figures in Irish politics in re(...)

Sir, – The new Government is to put some additional money into reducing waiting lists. That has a familiar sound. Furthermore, it is going to abolish (...)

The final leaders’ debate of the general election campaign saw exchanges on the economy, the health service, housing and political appointments but di(...)

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