Leo Varadaker

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Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney (left) and  Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish politics after Enda will be a real test of the fragile arrangements that have kept the minority Government in place for the past year. There is(...)

A Sinn Féin leadership change to Mary Lou McDonald is likely to significantly improve the party’s  position. Photograph: Alan Betson

After another recent instalment of the melodrama and brinkmanship of our so-called new politics, it is worth stepping back this Easter recess to take (...)

 “It is difficult to see how whoever succeeds Enda Kenny could do a worse job of it than he did this week.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Constructed as it was on three fault lines, the current Government was always going to be susceptible to dramatic shifts in the political landscape. T(...)

FineGael poster from the 2007 general election

Here is what fudge reads like. “This Government will introduce Universal Health Insurance with equal access to care for all. Under this system there w(...)

Last winter, Leo Varadkar promised to solve the crisis in hospital emergency departments. Last Christmas, Alan Kelly huffed and puffed about how he was going to tackle homelessness.Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Such is the Government’s capacity for self-delusion that it presumes it can fool the rest of us. Enda Kenny ducked and dived several times this week t(...)

Micheal Martin: has worked the organisation tirelessly, improved morale and encouraged the emergence of new faces.

In the echo chamber that is the silly season, every utterance in the political rumour mill gets exaggerated in volume: some of them even make front-pa(...)