Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Chicago St Patrick’s Day parade in the US on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Children in Irish schools should be taught the national anthem, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said, though he stopped short of calling for it to be manda(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau,  shake hands prior to a bilateral meeting in Montreal. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been urged by Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau to treat the issue of abortion as a fundamental right for women. Mr V(...)

Ireland’s next taoiseach:  Leo Varadkar arrives at the Fine Gael count on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Buying pints on an early-summer evening in Dublin may have seemed a pleasant task, but it was work all the same. John Paul Phelan, the Fine Gael TD fo(...)

 Leo Varadkar: So many prominent roles are filled by openly gay and lesbian people   that many forget such a situation would have been unthinkable a generation ago. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On February 1st, 2009, at the height of her country’s financial crisis, Jóhanna Sigurdardottir was elected Iceland’s first female prime minister and t(...)

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney: Mr Varadkar praised Mr Coveney for his campaign and said the two would sit down and discuss the future of the party. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The new Fine Gael leader, Leo Varadkar, has insisted he will not call an early general election if the Dáil elects him to succeed Enda Kenny as taoise(...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar: a career politician, whose drive and determination come with personal sacrifice. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fifteen years ago, a 23-year-old Leo Varadkar wrote to The Irish Times proposing a new system for electing the leader of Fine Gael. He, and the co-si(...)