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Will the changing of the guard herald a more serious approach to meeting our emissions targets? Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

The rise of Sinn Féin in Ireland was dramatically underlined 100 years ago this month with the election of Éamon de Valera in the Clare East by-electi(...)

Ireland’s next taoiseach:  Leo Varadkar arrives at the Fine Gael count on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Buying pints on an early-summer evening in Dublin may have seemed a pleasant task, but it was work all the same. John Paul Phelan, the Fine Gael TD fo(...)

Simon Harris believes Simon Coveney has the right personality and convictions to lead Fine Gael and the State. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It’s been quite a fortnight for my party, for politics nerds (you know who you are) but also I hope, for the general public to see a new and different(...)

Leo Varadkar launching his campaign bid to be Fine Gael party leader. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Leo Varadkar is on the run. Criss-crossing the country, meeting the electorate, pressing his case, making his pitch. On Sunday night he was in Cork, (...)

Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe campaign in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Declan Costello, the author of Fine Gael’s Towards a Just Society, was once a TD for the part of Dublin that I now represent. It is a huge privilege t(...)

Simon Coveney  at the publication on May 21st of his road map to change Fine Gael, government and the country. Photograph: Kenneth O Halloran

For Simon Coveney, it is the soul of Fine Gael. For supporters of Leo Varadkar, it is just a slogan, or a moment in the party’s history, that it is no(...)

Leo Varadkar and  Simon Coveney at the final Fine Gael leadership hustings in Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar on Sunday night said he would ensure Fine Gael remained compassionate to the needs of the less fortunate i(...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar during the launch of his policy document, Taking Ireland Forward, as part of his campaign for the Fine Gael leadership, at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar’s dog whistles are the most disquieting in this subverted Fine Gael leadership contest. The stuff about supporting people “who get up in (...)

Fine Gael leadership candidate Leo Varadkar at the launch of his policy document in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

At the age of 12, in 1969, I accompanied my parents to the retirement dinner for John A Costello, as my father Garret had, that summer, succeeded him (...)

Simon Coveney and Kate O’ Connell at Mr  Coveney’s policy document launch at the weekend. Photograph:  Collins

Leo Varadkar’s pitch for the Fine Gael leadership is exclusionary and risks leaving people behind, a prominent supporter of his rival Simon Coveney ha(...)

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