John Bruton

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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(...)

Finola Bruton said the removal of the amendment in the May 25th vote would be “the first time in history that a constitutional right is being taken away”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The wife of a former taoiseach has called for a No vote in the forthcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment, claiming it will remove a constitutiona(...)

The remains of Frank Murray are carried from the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock, after his funeral Mass. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

In a career spanning six decades public servant Frank Murray worked for seven taoisigh and three presidents of Ireland, his funeral Mass was told on F(...)

 Anti-Brexit demonstrators wave European Union flags from the top deck of a bus parked outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Thursday. Photograph: Daniel Leal-OLivas/AFP/Getty Images

It seems nothing is out of bounds as people contemplate life after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Even health risks from below-standar(...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton said   Ireland should be proud ‘because we’re one of the few countries in the world that actually has in its Constitution a protection for the right to life, not just of a person after they’re born but before they’re born as well’. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former taoiseach John Bruton has said just because there are deficiencies in the Eighth Amendment it does not mean the law should not be there. Mr B(...)

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