Delegates pose for the group shot at the Women Political Leaders conference in the Seimas, Vilnius. Photograph: Elaine Edwards/The Irish Times

The key to future prosperity is attracting girls and women into careers in the digital area and also into science, technology, engineering and maths, (...)

Leo Varadkar:  moved to reassure women whose smear tests returned a negative result that they should not worry that those results may not be accurate. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The Taoiseach fell prey to an accidental doughnut during Leaders’ Questions. It was probably just a coincidence. Although some would say it was 100 (...)

Dublin North West TD Noel Rock has claimed  minimum unit pricing, a bid to prevent low cost sales of alcohol, was based on “middle class guilt with working class consequences”. File photograph: PA

Irish teenagers are the second most sober in the EU, a Fine Gael backbencher has claimed as he rejected all the major elements of the Government’s Bil(...)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy. Offaly now has no elected female representatives at council level, though two of its three TDs are women: Offaly-North Tipperary’s TDs are Ms Corcoran Kennedy, Barry Cowen  and Carol Nolan

Offaly’s only female councillor was replaced by a man at a meeting of the county council on Monday. Cllr Tony McCormack was co-opted to replace Fian(...)

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald is likely to fight the next election as the party’s  leader if, as expected, Gerry Adams stands down in advance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Political parties are paying particular attention to four constituencies where the number of seats has changed for the next general election. The thr(...)

Minister Charlie Flanagan  said the Bill was ‘not gathering dust on any shelf anywhere’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Controversial legislation on the sale of alcohol is “not gathering dust on any shelf anywhere,” Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has told the Sea(...)

Alcohol lobby fights back

Is Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in thrall to the drinks industry or is he simply not prepared to confront vested interests? Varadkar has signalled that deba(...)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy: The former minister of state said  she believed the drinks industry was attempting to unpick the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill “bit by bit”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Intensive drinks industry lobbying has been successful in delaying public health on alcohol, according to former minister of state for health Marcella(...)

Máire Whelan has her appointment to the  Court of Appeal rubberstamped by President Michael D Higgins, as crafty Leo looks on. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Taoiseach had a problem last weekend. He acted very decisively – with indecent haste, to be more precise – by bundling the former attorney gener(...)

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar with new Ministers of State. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Hasn’t it always been thus? The fresh-faced new leader poses with his hand-picked ensemble cast on the steps of Government Buildings. The brand new (...)

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