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“One thing Leo Varadkar needs to beware of is pandering too much to the impatient younger TDs clamouring for promotion.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar’s dilemma about who to drop and who to promote to Cabinet is giving him his first taste of what it is like to be a party leader with the (...)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s  campaign has successfully engaged the very essence of anti-establishment: youth.  Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

We are constantly told that the successes of Brexit and Donald Trump were the result of an “anti-establishment” attack. This is problematic in that Tr(...)

British prime minister Theresa May and   European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Anglo-Irish relations are likely to get very fraught in the absence of a shared EU space. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

It is good to see Irish concerns about the impact of Brexit being given time, thought and focus, and it was necessary and welcome for those concerns t(...)

Theresa May: The British prime minister has her own view of the world and it comes, if not from scripture, then at least from the Anglican cast of mind. Photograph: Paul Grover/AFP/Getty Images

On Easter Sunday, one of the least pious societies in the world heard an explicitly Christian message from its prime minister. As proof of Theresa May(...)

Gerry Adams (from left) and Martin McGuinness with Tony Blair and Jonathan Powell at Westminster in 2007. ‘He deserves to be remembered for the risks he took and the success he achieved in making Northern Ireland a better place.’ Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

When I first met Martin McGuinness in October 1997 I declined to shake his hand. As far as I was concerned he was a terrorist and a member of an organ(...)

Martin McGuinness (right) and Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the funeral of Patrick Kelly, a reputed IRA commander in East Tyrone shot dead by the SAS in 1987. File photograph: PA Wire

May 23rd, 1950: James Martin Pacelli McGuinness is born in Derry. The city was riven by poverty, unemployment and discrimination. Gerrymandering meant(...)

 Theresa May: The British prime minister’s spokesman would not say if the government would attempt to stop another vote on Scottish independence. Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain/Pool

Theresa May’s government has rejected the case for a second referendum on Scottish independence but did not deny reports that Downing Street is prepar(...)

Gerald Kaufman, who has died aged 86, on a  visit in 2010 to the Palestinian Legislative Council in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photograph: Abed al-Hashlamoun/EPA

Politicians from all parties have paid tribute to Labour MP Gerald Kaufman, who has died aged 86. Sir Gerald was one of the sharpest and most acerbic (...)

Theresa May: could have got her excuses in early. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

There will be no eleventh-hour conversion or legal intercession. Next month, Theresa May must table article 50 and start Britain’s withdrawal from the(...)

Tony Blair with Noel Gallagher of Oasis at 10 Downing Street in 1997. Against the background rumble of the early Oasis albums, the 1990s was the last time that felt dynamic enough for Britain’s urbanites and familiar enough for its hinterlands. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/PA

Whatever it was about liberals that equipped them to steer the last 40 years of world affairs, it was not resilience or a sense of proportion. 2016 ex(...)

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