Paschal Donohoe and Nadia Calviño (right), pictured with European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici, are both seen as strong contenders to lead the eurogroup following the resignation of Portugal’s Mário Centeno. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is likely to be a candidate to head the group of Eurozone finance ministers but only if a new government is forme(...)

Former Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy did not participate in Dáil votes on more than a third of the sitting and voting days he fobbed in electronically in Leinster House during 2018 and 2019.  File Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy did not participate in Dáil votes on more than a third of the sitting and voting days he fobbed in electronically in L(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured on the RTÉ Radio 1’s Marian Finucane Show with Brendan O’Connor. Photograph: Andres Poveda/RTÉ

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said an independent person may be appointed to investigated Dara Murphy’s Dáil attendance record and expenses. Speaking on(...)

The revelation that Cork North Central TD Dara Murphy has claimed his full parliamentary and travel allowances of €4,300 per month for the past two years, despite spending most of his time in Brussels, raises serious issues for the TD and also for the way the Dail operates. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The revelation that Cork North-Central TD Dara Murphy has claimed his full parliamentary and travel allowances of €4,300 a month for the past two year(...)

Dara Murphy is stepping down as a TD with Fine Gael to take up a job in the cabinet of EU commissioner Mariya Gabriel. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was a devastating Wednesday in the Dáil as TDs came to terms with the shock news that they would no longer hear the familiar voice of Dara Murphy e(...)

Ursula von der Leyen promises much more intensive dialogue with MEPs. Photograph: Getty

“It’s going to be a close call.” Ursula von der Leyen has no illusions about Tuesday’s vote in the European Parliament. The last 12 days has propelle(...)

German defence minister  Ursula von der Leyen, who has been nominated to be the next European Commission president, with Manfred Weber, who was a candidate for the job,  at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Frederick FlorinAFP/Getty Images

The centre-right candidate who was thwarted in his bid to become European Commission president has denounced French president Emmanuel Macron for “dam(...)

The durability of the Paris-Berlin motor, led by President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel, was the most striking thing about the list of nominees agreed by EU leaders for five key positions in the institutions. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Football, Gary Lineker said, is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and, at the end, the Germans always win. This week, we were reminded(...)

Ursula von der Leyen: was once considered a potential reserve chancellor. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was attending an away day for the Bundeswehr armed forces on Tuesday, 45 minutes south of Berlin, when he(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives on Sunday for a European Council summit on filling the top EU institution jobs, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

EU leaders will meet again in Brussels this morning in an attempt to break the deadlock over filling the union’s top jobs for the next five years, aft(...)

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