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The Taoiseach paraphrased the comment of John Henry Newman (pictured) that ‘I drink to the Pope but first I drink to my own conscience’. Photograph:  The Fathers of The Birmingham Oratory/PA Wire

Catholic politicians should look to the comments of newly canonised Saint John Henry Newman when considering issues of conscience, Taoiseach Leo Varad(...)

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar  and UK  prime minister Boris Johnson ( inside Thornton Manor Hotel, near Birkenhead, north-west England last week. Photograph: Noel Mullen/AFP

The latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll suggests voters are in broad agreement with the Government regarding the need for fiscal prudence in the absenc(...)

The Taoiseach told the Dáil that the carbon tax   aimed to incentivise behavioural change and 27 Nobel prize winners backed the tax. “Carbon tax on its own won’t stop climate change but we won’t stop climate change without it.” Photograph: iStock

There were sharp exchanges between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald in the Dáil on Wednesday over climate change and the (...)

The Dáil voted against an increase in the levy despite calls for a higher levy of between €250m and €400m

An increase in the levy imposed on banks raised the chances of a legal challenge to the charge, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has told the Dái(...)

Labour finance spokesperson Joan Burton said ‘we have the cappuccino kids in government’ and older people were being ‘left behind again’. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Labour Party has proposed getting rid of tax credits for incomes over €100,000 and increasing all social welfare payments by €5. Increasing the b(...)

Mr Varadkar was responding to Labour leader Brendan Howlin who said the €64bn cost of the bank bailout was almost equivalent to the €66bn spent by all government departments in a year. Photograph: PA Wire

The €500,000 cap on bankers’ pay should remain in place, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Answering questions in the Dáil about the bank bailout(...)

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: said concerns expressed over the appointment of Gabriel Makhlouf also echoed those of his own party.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has been accused of being “less than forthcoming” on issues surrounding the appointment of a new governor of the (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets British prime minister Boris Johnson during the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US. Photograph: Michael Nagle

The UK supreme court ruling that Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament was unlawful and void make a no-deal Brexit on Cotober 31st less likely, Gov(...)

Kathleen Lynch was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1994. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former Labour TD and junior minister Kathleen Lynch has announced she will not contest the Cork North Central byelection, expected to be held in Novem(...)

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The will in which the late William Hampton left Sinn Féin more than €1.6 million is very clear and leaves the money to the party in the Republic of Ir(...)

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