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Leo Varadkar: those managing the Taoiseach’s image are engaging in clumsy attempted manipulation – without much success. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The spinmeisters are killing Leo Varadkar. He is being moulded into someone’s idea of a cool Taoiseach, but his appeal was never about being cool. In(...)

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan arrives to give evidence at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Naill Carson/PA

In the course of her evidence to the Charleton tribunal this week, Nóirín O’Sullivan expressed the view that she had been “used as a political footbal(...)

Business Growth Fund chief executive Stephen Welton and Leo Casey, head of BGF in the Republic, at the launch in Dublin of a €250 million fund for Irish SMEs.

The State’s sovereign development fund, AIB and Bank of Ireland have emerged as key backers of a new €250 million fund that aims to take equity stakes(...)

Ken Purcell, Scott Masterson, Paul Murphy, Michael Murphy, Ciarán Mahon, Frank Donaghy and Michael Banks following their acquittal in the  Jobstown protest trial. Photograph: PA

The day after the verdicts in the Jobstown protest trial The Irish Times fulminated over the use of social media to support the defendants. The front (...)

Solidarity/People Before Profit  TDs Mick Barry, Bríd Smith, Paul Murphy and Gino Kenny.

The alternative left, like all populist movements, relies on the contrivance of perpetual conflict between those they seek to portray as “ordinary cit(...)

I grew up in a community very similar to Jobstown. It was the 1980s. Some people had more than others but nobody had a lot. People got up early in the(...)

Publicity shot: Cllr Leo Varadkar running in Dublin West for Fine Gael in the 2007 general election.

February 23rd, 1999 Mary O’Rourke’s outburst reveals either a breathtaking ignorance of European law and politics or, worse still, a calculated an(...)

Michael Ryan and Brigid Grant oversee training with the Waterford women’s football team in 1998. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Inpho

When Michael Ryan conducted his first training session as the manager of the Ballymacarbry women’s football club in Waterford, his plan was to plague (...)

Kabir Chakari with his son, Ahmad Zuhair, at his home in Clondalkin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A rocket smashed into Sultan Kabir Chakari’s home in Kabul, killing some of his neighbours and leaving him for dead in the rubble. The explosion robbe(...)

Noel Dempsey: “At least 500km of the worst-performing water mains have been replaced. There is now a plan to deal with lead pipes.”

There’s a small town in Westmeath called Fore where locals say there are seven wonders; one of which is a river that flows uphill. There is of cour(...)

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