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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(...)

 Marcella Corcoran Kennedy: she said Mr Varadkar told her he wished he could retain her, but there were not enough jobs and he needed to make room for his supporters

The insistence of the Government spokesman that all Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s ministerial appointments were based on merit was “very offensive”, one of(...)

Katherine Zappone recalled how she and her wife, Anne Louise Gilligan, had often said to each other they hoped to be ‘ladies in our 80s’. Photograph: David Sleator

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone and Dr Ann Louise Gilligan decided to spend their life together six weeks after meeting in Boston College in 1(...)

Simon Coveney  at the publication on May 21st of his road map to change Fine Gael, government and the country. Photograph: Kenneth O Halloran

For Simon Coveney, it is the soul of Fine Gael. For supporters of Leo Varadkar, it is just a slogan, or a moment in the party’s history, that it is no(...)

Minister for Health and Fine Gael TD Simon Harris  and party leadership candidate Simon Coveney  at the launch of the latter’s policy document in the Dean Hotel in Dublin’s City Centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister of State Andrew Doyle has became the latest Fine Gael TD to declare for Leo Varadkar in the race for party leadership. Mr Doyle is Minister (...)

Simon Coveney said to be in ‘good spirits’

Supporters of Fine Gael leadership candidate Simon Coveney have said the contest to succeed Enda Kenny is “not over” despite Leo Varadkar’s huge lead.(...)

Varadkar has been preparing for years, his team for months. Numerous people have been involved , but most were in the dark about who else was involved. Everyone fed back to him, but only a select handful knew the full plan

It was as good as it would get for Simon Coveney as he walked down Dublin’s Mount Street to hand in his nomination papers at Fine Gael headquarters on(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton surprised some by supporting Leo Varadkar’s push to lead Fine Gael. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Six Cabinet Ministers are set to declare for Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar in the contest to replace Enda Kenny as leader of Fine Gael. (...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney launching his campaign for the Fine Gael leadership with supporters including Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has insisted he will run a positive campaign to become Fine Gael leader but declined to state how much he will spen(...)

Simon Harris’s support is seen as a significant boost for the Coveney campaign, as he is the first senior Minister to align himself with a candidate. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Health Simon Harris has become a key figure in the Fine Gael leadership campaign for Minister for Housing Simon Coveney. Mr Harris has (...)

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