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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s approval rating is up 15 points to 51% according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The jump in satisfaction with the performance of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his Government revealed in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll may well(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is riding high in the personal ratings. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Today’s poll has good news for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his Government and is likely to turbocharge the push in Fine Gael to hold an election if a B(...)

Climate change protest. The earth has run out of the resources to maintain our kind of lifestyle so we’ll all have to make sacrifices.  Photograph: iStock

I’ve been to a few vegetarian restaurants. I’ve had vegetarians serve me meals that they promised would rock my culinary world. They didn’t. I’ve neve(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s cautious budget was entirely appropriate given the huge uncertainty facing the country over Brexit. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s cautious budget was entirely appropriate given the huge uncertainty facing the country over Brexit. For that ve(...)

Sylvie Goulard is being investigated by the EU anti-fraud unit Olaf. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

A third nominee to the next European Commission has been rejected by MEPs. In an embarrassing rebuke to president-designate Ursula von der Leyen, who (...)

Paschal’s day in the sun was overshadowed by the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, and his Brexit negotiations

Budget Day is invariably associated with one individual: the Minister for Finance. This is their day in the sun. He or she even delivers it from the (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will have to contend with some key budget battlegrounds.

There are always rows after the budget. Some fizzle out, some drag on, some become major political controversies. And while Budget 2020 may contain le(...)

Paul Murphy: ‘I have been contacted by a lot of people that I know from the past from different movements and different protests saying, “I think you’re doing the right thing.”’ Photograph: John Ohle for The Irish Times

It has been something of a hectic 10 days for Paul Murphy. Last Thursday week, the Dublin South West TD announced he was leaving the Socialist Party (...)

Green Party Finance spokeswoman Neasa Hourigan  and Party leader Eamon Ryan at the Irish Georgian Society in Dublin at the launch of the party’s pre-budget submission 2020. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Students would be given free access to all public transport, similar to the existing scheme for pensioners, under proposals from the Green Party. Th(...)

The Corrib Gas field is due to run out in 2025. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Republic this week joined Belize, Costa Rica, France and New Zealand in banning oil exploration. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the United Nations th(...)

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