John Bruton

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Former taoiseach John Bruton: “Under Parnell, the Irish Party became a disciplined, pledge-bound party.” File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Politicians today could learn from the career of the late Charles Stewart Parnell the value of “discipline and unity” and the importance of turning a (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: should consider whether the Irish people voted for a culture where three days to think about an abortion is considered demeaning, but a fortnight to change your mind about a toaster is a good thing.  Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Before the referendum on the Eighth Amendment, the Referendum Commission told people they were not voting on any particular form of legislation. Ever(...)

One suspects this creaky documentary on Pope John Paul II’s days in Ireland was timed to capitalise on the expected furore around Pope Francis’s recen(...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton was critical of Minister for Health Simon Harris’ speech to the Dáil following the result of the referendum. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Former taoiseach John Bruton has said doctors opposed to abortion should not be forced to refer women seeking terminations to other physicians. Mr Br(...)

Leo Varadkar is hoisted on shoulders after being elected as leader of Fine Gael at the Mansion House, Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In order to persuade Fine Gael members of their merits, Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney took part in debates in May 2017 when they were seeking the lea(...)

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with pupils of Coláiste Naomh Eoin on Inis Meáin, Aran Islands, during a visit to mark the schools establishment as a single entity school. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When a taoiseach visits an island like Inis Meáin in a month like September, the sun should be shining and the limestone landscape extending back to t(...)

Leo Varadkar knew that Micheál Martin wasn’t going to bite on his invitation to early talks on the renewal of the confidence-and-supply agreement. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The first two steps of this dance were easily anticipated: the Taoiseach starts the political term with a request for early negotiations on a renewal (...)

  Pope Francis  receiving a bouquet of flowers from a daughter of  Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney  at Dublin airport. Photograph: EPA

Clerical sex abuse was addressed “frankly” by the Taoiseach and Pope Francis in their speeches but there had to be “follow-through” to identify those (...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton has said it is inconsistent that the State will intervene to protect a one-month-old baby from abuse but would allow abortion.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Former taoiseach John Bruton has said it is inconsistent that the State will intervene to protect a one-month-old baby from abuse but would allow abor(...)

Former taoisaigh John Bruton, Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen at the Brexit conference in the Round Room next to Dublin’s Mansion House on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has warned the Government not to leave Brexit talks to the “evil hour” of late-night deadlines where it could be pressur(...)

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