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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  says he will consider the timing of the election over the Christmas break. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leo Varadkar will stop being the shortest-serving Taoiseach on Christmas Day when he will leapfrog John Bruton’s 924 days in office to become Fine Gae(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy. Photo: Tom Honan

The Government is set for a majority of three in a Dáil motion of no confidence in Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, according to latest estimates. (...)

Flawless foundation: former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The important task of stockpiling ammunition ahead of the general election is underway in earnest in the main parties. Goggle-eyed junior assistants (...)

Saoirse Ronan is selling her five-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Co Wicklow. Irish Times photomontage

Having already blazed a trail in the world of film, with her first Oscar nomination at the age of 14 and the Golden Globe award for best actress in 20(...)

Attendees record the final sales tally at an event at Alibaba’s headquarters marking Singles Day. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Image of the week: Alibaba Day Alibaba’s annual Singles Day sales extravaganza/mass-scale marketing wheeze remains one of the more intriguing ecommer(...)

Fianna Fail party leader Micheal Martin: accused Fine Gael of trying to force election. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said there won’t be a general election this year unless the Taoiseach tries to “pull a stroke of some sort becau(...)

Ray McSharry: the Fianna Fáil grandee was treated to a surprise This Is Your Life party featuring familiar faces of the party down the years.    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The great, the good and the ghosts of Fianna Fáil past gathered in Sligo at the weekend to pay homage to party grandee Ray MacSharry. The former tána(...)

Saoirse Ronan is selling her five-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Co Wicklow. Irish Times photomontage

Since moving into Pine Lodge, in Greystones, in 2017, the Golden Globe-winning actor Saoirse Ronan has spent a small fortune transforming her €1.4 mil(...)

Brian Cowen has been receiving treatment in hospital following serious concerns for his health earlier this month.  Photograph:Alan Betson

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen is making progress in treatment for an illness which has seen him hospitalised since earlier this month, his brother Barr(...)

Central Bank of Ireland building. When IBRC was put into liquidation 2013, the State handed over government bonds to the Central Bank to replace the emergency loans. Photograph: Alan Betson

Being the lender of last resort during the financial crisis has, without doubt, been the Central Bank of Ireland’s most profitable work. Ever. Last (...)

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