Brendan Howlin

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 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar presents US president Donald Trump with a bowl of shamrock as Melania Trump looks on during the annual Irish-US  White House meeting in March. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said US president Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland in November has come “a little bit out of the blue”. Mr Trump will visi(...)

  Pope Francis is greeted on arrival at Dublin Castle by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Julien Behal

The time has come to build a “new” and “more mature” relationship between the Catholic Church and the Irish State - “a new covenant for the 21st centu(...)

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin has offered to meet all his councillors one on one as he seeks to head off a challenge to his leadership. Mr Howli(...)

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin TD at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said he is confident the party can double the number of its TDs in the next general election. Mr Howlin’s leadership has(...)

Brendan Howlin. Joan Burton said it would be ‘unfair’ if his leadership was discussed before he outlines how Labour will increase its popularity, and win more local authority seats, next spring. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brendan Howlin should be allowed outline how he intends to improve Labour’s fortunes in next year’s local elections before his leadership is debated, (...)

President Michael D Higgins with former presidents Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson at Áras an Uachtaráin at a 2013 event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Irish Presidency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The introduction of the Freedom of Information Act in 1997 was a milestone for transparency in the public service. Opening government departments and (...)

Jack O’Connor said the issue of who leads Labour could be explored once a wider discussion had been concluded. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The issue of who leads Labour can be revisited once the party holds a full debate on how it can renew itself and social democracy in general, party ch(...)

Brendan Howlin: sources close to the Labour Party leader   insist that he will not stand down

A group of Labour councillors is trying to muster further backing for a move to oust Brendan Howlin by garnering the support of over half of local rep(...)

Brendan Howlin succeeded Joan Burton as Labour leader in May 2016.

Sixteen Labour councillors have signed a letter in support of the embattled party leader Brendan Howlin. The party’s low poll ratings, which have sh(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she said that if there was to be a hard Brexit next year the British government would have to hold a Border poll.  Photograph: PA Wire

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Labour and the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, have questioned the abrupt U-turn on a Border poll made by the S(...)

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