Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US President Donald Trump spoke by telephone on Tuesday for the first time. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

US president Donald Trump congratulated Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on his “great victory” during a phone call from the White House on Tuesday afternoon. (...)

 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(...)

Senator Catherine Noone.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has been elected chairwoman of the Oireachtas abortion committee, which met for the first time on Wednesday in priva(...)

A sniffer dog checks a heavy goods vehicle. Chairman of Monaghan County Council PJ O’Hanlon has said: “If we go back to the hard border situation there is absolutely no doubt that this will be the problem - the racketeers and the criminals that lived and flourished on the Border. That is the last thing that we want to see.” File photograph: iStockPhoto

Criminals will ensure cross-Border smuggling will return if a hard border is put in place after Brexit, the Seanad has heard. Chairman of Monaghan Co(...)

Cheltenham festival:  Ireland relies heavily on Britain to buy its horses, Seanad committee hears. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The Irish horse racing industry cannot adapt its product to suit new markets and British racecourses such as Cheltenham and Aintree cannot be replicat(...)

 Hildegarde Naughton will be one of four Fine Gael TDs on the Oireachtas abortion committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs Hildegarde Naughton and Peter Fitzpatrick will take the final two slots on the 21-person Oireachtas abortion committee. Fine Gael and F(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney at the launch of his policy documents  in the Dean Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Kenneth O’Halloran

Fine Gael leadership contender Simon Coveney revealed on Sunday what was said when those he assumed to be staunch supporters told him they were backi(...)

 Denis Naughten: “I’d be quite happy to work with either. It’s irrelevant to me which is elected”

Some Independent Ministers may have been quietly hoping that Fine Gael Minister for Housing Simon Coveney would become Taoiseach, but none have anythi(...)

Pope Francis is due to visit Ireland in the summer of 2018.

Concerns about the possible intervention of the Vatican in the future ownership and ethos of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) have been raise(...)

Farmer Pat Molloy  with  Renua TD Billy Timmins on a canvass in the Ballyraymond Commons area of north Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Renua deputy leader Billy Timmins drives a battered, mud-splattered 2003 Mercedes with a bandaged steering wheel and 480,000km on the clock. “I bought(...)

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