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President Michael D Higgins meeting with Deena Cotter from Dún Laoghaire  during the afternoon tea party in Áras an Uachtaráin on Monday. Photograph:  Maxwell’s

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has raised the prospect of allowing Fine Gael councillors support the entry into the presidential election campaign of potentia(...)

 President Michael D Higgins: he has finally declared his hand, and says  he wants a second seven-year term in Áras an Uachtaráin

Those seeking to challenge Michael D Higgins for the presidency may be dependent on the rebelliousness of strangers. To the surprise of no one, Higgi(...)

The duchess and duke of Sussex with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as they arrive at Government Buildings during their visit to Dublin. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

“We need a large national conversation,” opined Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, indicating she wouldn’t mind seeing a presidential election later (...)

Alan Mangan: member of Westmeath team that won the Leinster Senior Football Championship in 2004 is confident qualities that made him a success on the sporting field can be transferred to politics. Photograph: Alan Betson

The former GAA star selected by Labour to contest the next general election in the Longford-Westmeath constituency says he is confident the qualities (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said media, ‘should not consider itself above criticism’. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

A free press is as important as the parliamentary or courts system in a democracy, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said in response to controversy over his exp(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Government has been warned that its controversial Judicial Appointments Bill is not in line with European norms. A report by an anti-corruption C(...)

Leo Varadkar arriving at the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels last week. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was criticised by opposition deputies for his approach to Brexit, the migration crisis, European Union military co-operation, t(...)

The Tánaiste took a swipe at Mary Lou McDonald (above) during Leaders’ Questions, calling out Sinn Féin for showing no interest after the last election when the country needed a government: “At least Fianna Fáil engaged.” File photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Like the rest of us, the Dáil is obsessed with the weather. Sure what else would TDs have been talking about after a weekend of high temperatures and(...)

 Super-junior Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath:  “I wouldn’t feel comfortable wining and dining there”

Several prominent politicians, including Ministers and party leaders, have declined invitations to attend the US embassy’s celebration of American ind(...)

In his report, Mr Justice Peter Charleton will rule on evidence that has been heard as to whether then Garda commissioner Martin Callinan smeared Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A number of serious allegations against former Garda commisssioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and others have been strongly challenged by the evidence heard ov(...)

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