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Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald in the Dáil on Wednesday

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has challenged incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to adopt the approach of former Fianna Fáil taoiseach Albert Reynolds and (...)

Talks are due to resume on Monday in Stormont against the background of much political uncertainty at Westminster. There is a big onus on the Irish Government to get seriously engaged, from the new Taoiseach down and to start working with parties, both individually and in groups, to hammer out a way forward, in conjunction with any new Secretary of State. PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

In his campaign to be Fine Gael leader and presumptive Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar said it was time for his party to re-engage with the North. The results(...)

Ireland’s next taoiseach: Leo Varadkar’s life will change for ever when he accepts the seal of office on Wednesday. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty

The transition happens in an instant. If all goes according to the plans being carefully refined this weekend, Leo Eric Varadkar will sit down with Pr(...)

The documents published by Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney contain much that is vague and aspirational. However, they are worthy of close scrutiny for hints of where either man would take us as taoiseach. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg.

In February 1992 at his first press conference after being elected leader of Fianna Fáil, Albert Reynolds surprised many by promising that achieving p(...)

Happier times. Some small farmers in the party favour Varadkar because they believe Coveney represents big farmers more, while others feel Varadkar has been more willing to press their flesh during constituency visits

There will be no peasants’ revolt in Fine Gael. The party does not do revolts, but, beware Leo Varadkar, not all of the party’s members are willing to(...)

 Brendan Duddy, in whose Derry home  the IRA and British government contacts met during Troubles. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Secret back channels between enemy lines are places of mystery, intrigue and danger, but these are crucial spaces where foes come together and feel th(...)

Fine Gael’s Frances Fitzgerald, Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar: party leadership contests are personality contests rather than competitions about policy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Party leadership contests tend to be more Kane and Abel than First Among Equals. In seeking to while away the next week before the contest to succeed (...)

The late Peter Johnson: The Belfast-born designer created interiors that were relaxing as well as elegant and stylish. Photograph: Eric Luke

Interior designer Peter Johnson, who died last year, was one of Ireland’s best, noted for his brilliant eye, exceptional taste and ability to create i(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. ‘The public’s estimation of Mr Kenny vastly improved when he bared his ruthless side in despatching the 2010 heave.’ Photograph: Seán Gallup/Getty Images

The public take it as a matter of course that politicians are calculating and ruthless in advancing their own ends, but generally pardon it as first n(...)

Tom Savage, who has died recently, was a prominent communications expert who served as chairman of the RTÉ Authority and previously as an adviser to A(...)

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