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Leo Varadkar on his visit to the headquarters and heritage museum of the Orange Order in Belfast on Friday. He is the first taoiseach to visit the HQ of the Northern Ireland’s largest Protestant organisation. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

For some who have observed Leo Varadkar at close quarters since he took over as Taoiseach, his preparedness for the twice-weekly Dáil jousts with Oppo(...)

A copy of the Koran in a mosque. Trustees of the Kilkenny Islamic Centre have applied for planning permission for a religious and cultural centre. Photograph: Getty Images

A controversial proposal to build a mosque and cultural centre on a site near the edge of Kilkenny city is likely to end up before An Bórd Pleanála, r(...)

The precarious overcrowding of 1997 has alleviated, down from almost 800 prisoners then to 650 now.

Not long after it was first broadcast, in 1997, the four-part documentary The Joy received a fascinating review from an unlikely quarter. “We didn’t n(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: said the Strategic Communications Unit  had become a ‘distraction from the work of Government’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is likely to face further challenges in the Dáil today from Opposition TDs who believe the Government is in retreat in the cont(...)

Brian Murphy,  who died outside Anabel’s night club in Dublin in August 2000. Photograph: Collins

On Monday evening a fight involving past and current pupils from two Dublin fee-paying schools took place outside Kiely’s pub in Donnybrook. The occas(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar holds a press  conference in Dublin on Friday morning after the European Commission announced that “sufficient progress” has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Relief was already a welcome guest at the table as the Cabinet sat down for its Christmas dinner in the National Gallery, next door to Leinster House,(...)

Michael D Higgins: If the President was to decline a request for an election, the Taoiseach would be forced to resign.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Politicians in Leinster House are already playing the blame game for an unwanted election, but all sides might be well advised to take a deep breath, (...)

BrainWaveBank secured £1 million (€1.1 million) in seed funding from investors earlier this year to build outs its platform and is currently seeking to raise a further £3 million

Hotly-tipped Belfast-based BrainWaveBank is keeping things close to home by selecting technology from Newry-headquartered First Derivatives to power i(...)

At the EU summit in Brussels, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was busy collecting the mobile-phone numbers of the other prime ministers. Photograph: Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images

In a face-off with Martin O’Neill and the Republic of Ireland squad, team Leo knows there can only be one winner. And it won’t be Fine Gael. Not ever(...)

Eoghan Ruth scored late on as Éire Óg earned a draw against Rathvilly in the Carlow SFC Final. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Rathvilly 1-9 Éire Óg 0-12 Late points from Eoghan Ruth and substitute Cormac Mullins rescued ÉireÓg in a tense and exciting Carlow SFC final at Netw(...)

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