Leo Varadakar

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The video, which lasts for just under two minutes, features the Taoiseach seated on what might be a bar stool in what looks like heaven’s waiting room answering questions.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar or his handlers hoped the video just released – or dropped – on Twitter in which he answers what he says are the most fr(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

The Taoiseach’s last treat. Photograph: @Campaignforleo

Pity poor Leo Varadkar. Late last night on Twitter our Taoiseach posted what he described as his “last treat” before Lent and - by almost every single(...)

Paschal, The Admonisher:  will he become The Paschalator and end up with the banks walking all over him?   Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Some of us have been here before. More than once: tribunal chambers, Oireachtas inquiries, courthouses . . . We wouldn’t be hugely confident about t(...)

Then taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking in the National Gallery  when he launched Creative Ireland,  an ambitious plan for the arts, which sceptics regarded as just cosmetic fluff.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The winter sun streamed through the tall windows of the refurbished Shaw Room in the National Gallery last December as theatre directors, film-makers(...)

Ross Noble and Shauna Macdonald

We all know the Irish health service has gone to pot but the centre for medical non-excellence in Nails – replete with holes in the wall and a monster(...)

Some  recall Leo Varadkar  as a slightly awkward young man who could be friendly one day and cold the next

The scene is a Dublin count centre in 2004. Leo Varadkar, a 25-year-old political novice, had just received nearly 5,000 first preference votes, a sta(...)

‘Enda Kenny will be clinging to office for another eight or 10 weeks but will have no power.’ Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The timing and manner of Enda Kenny’s stepping down and the question of who is to succeed him is not merely an internal Fine Gael matter. It will give(...)

Garda whistleblower Keith Harrison  (left) with his partner Marissa Simms talking to deputy Alan Kelly  at the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It’s the must-have accessory in Leinster House these days. You’re nobody if you don’t have a whistleblower to call upon in this time of crisis. Ye(...)

Perhaps the most significant item to watch out for in the budget is whether Katherine Zappone gets her way on childcare. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The lead into this year’s budget has followed traditional patterns. It was supposed to be different this time but it is not. Even though there is now (...)

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