“What made you take it up?” somebody asked. “Is it the leadership ambitions? You have to have the aul cúpla focal, don’t you?” “Idle speculation,” replied Leo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar was in expansive mood on Wednesday at a press briefing on the latest unemployment figures. The Minister for Social Protection was happy (...)

 Maureen O’Sullivan TD:  said tackling criminal justice issues, increasing the police presence and enhancing the Criminal Assets Bureau were welcome but only part of the answer. Photograph: Alan Betson

[BYLINE1]MICHAEL O’REGAN Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan claimed “middle and wealthy Ireland” had contributed to crime levels in Dublin’s north inne(...)

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty: Government Chief Whip emailed every Cabinet Minister and Minister of State last week advising them of new procedures.

Ministers have been warned they must arrange ministerial engagements outside Dáil sitting days because of the “delicate voting situation” facing the (...)

Independents4Change is  made up of Clare Daly and  Mick Wallace (above), with  Tommy Broughan and Joan Collins. It  will align with Donegal TD Thomas Pringle and Galway West TD Catherine Connolly. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons.

At least three new technical groups will be formed for the Dáil term. A group of rural TDs will band together, while the Social Democrats and the Gr(...)

‘Taoiseach Enda Kenny launched a war on words in the Dáil on Wednesday.’ File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Anything different happen in the Dáil yesterday? Not really. Just another outbreak of war on crime, poverty, drugs and disadvantage following a terrif(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: condemned the murder of Gareth Hutch and the wounding of another man. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to visit the Dublin north inner city community where the latest gangland killing has occurred. Mr Kenny told the Dáil yeste(...)

CCTV footage captures the shooting of Gareth Hutch (35) by two gunmen close to his flat at Avondale House, North Cumberland Street, in Dublin

Gardaí believe the lives of up to 10 close associates of murdered gangland figure Gary Hutch are at immediate risk as the Kinahan gang seeks retaliati(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to visit the area in Dublin’s north inner city where the latest gangland killing occurred. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to visit the area in Dublin’s north inner city where the latest gangland killing occurred. Mr Kenny told the Dáil on Tuesday (...)

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Marting flanked by locals on a march against the violence and neglect that has blighted the north inner city. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, children in prams, community activists, local priests, politicians and the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin ga(...)

Micheal Fitzmaurice speaks on his mobile phone at Lenister House on Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The  Irish Times.

It was, as the Duke of Wellington reflected after his victory at the Battle of Waterloo, a damn close run thing. The Iron Duke’s Dublin residence sta(...)

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