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A poster of Vjosa Osmani, election candidate for prime minister from the opposition party Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), on a bus stop in Pristina. Photograph:  Armend Nimani/AFP

Kosovo is preparing to vote in an unpredictable parliamentary election that could see a former rebel commander replaced as the head of government by t(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of the far-right League party, Matteo Salvini:  scornful of the “buonista”. Photograph: Federico Bernini/Bloomberg

Notes from the campaign trail: with the European Parliament election campaign now well under way across the EU ahead of next month’s voting, allow me (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris wore his usual pale and pinched worried expression. Photograph: James Forde

Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris settled into their front bench seats as TDs trickled into the chamber for the big debate. Sinn Féin had moved a motion(...)

Peter Fitzpatrick: “I felt isolated, like I was just there to push a button”

All Government TDs were instructed they had to be present – there were no exceptions. Even Cork North Central TD Dara Murphy – who now works with the (...)

Kathleen Lynch will contest  Cork North Central for the Labour Party in the next general election.

Former Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch intends running for the Labour Party in Cork North Central in the next general ele(...)

Emmanuel Macron at the launch of the European Head of States and Governments in Brussels on Friday: parties jumping aboard his new centrist vehicle will have to be unhappy with its current arrangement. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Through a mix of cunning, opportunism and exceptional timing, Emmanuel Macron upended French politics. Could he do the same for the European Union? Th(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross, who has proposed the Bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael TDs will not have a free vote on controversial drink-driving legislation despite many of the members criticising the proposals. The party d(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has proposed an automatic ban for drivers caught over the legal limit of alcohol. Photograph: iStock

Fine Gael TDs and Senators will not have a free vote on controversial new drink driving legislation. The party met this evening in private to discuss(...)

Máire Whelan has her appointment to the  Court of Appeal rubberstamped by President Michael D Higgins, as crafty Leo looks on. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Taoiseach had a problem last weekend. He acted very decisively – with indecent haste, to be more precise – by bundling the former attorney gener(...)

Pat Breen’s amalgamated portfolio suggests the Government is failing to understand the need to focus on data protection.

Take a deep breath. Minister of State Pat Breen now has a formal job title that is a gasp-inducing 43 words long (44 if you decide to say “European Un(...)

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