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Simon Coveney:  wants a position that would allow him to take on “big briefs” and would make him “a very powerful member of government”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Simon Coveney is open to a move from the Department of Housing in Leo Varadkar’s government, with the positions of tánaiste and minister for foreign a(...)

Like Enda Kenny, Leo Varadkar will need the support of at least 58 TDs. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar could be elected taoiseach by a narrower Dáil margin than the vote Enda Kenny achieved last year. Mr Varadkar is expect(...)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney (left) and  Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish politics after Enda will be a real test of the fragile arrangements that have kept the minority Government in place for the past year. There is(...)

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs have joined together to block a plan to abolish tax relief on private health insurance. File photograph: Getty Images

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail TDs have joined together to block a plan to abolish tax relief on private health insurance, dealing a significant blow to pl(...)

A variety of cannabis-containing products are in development, and one - Sativex - has already been licensed in Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Cannabis is in the news these days, with campaigns underway on both sides of the Border for its legalisation for medicinal use. Mothers such as Cork(...)

Minister of State for Health Catherine Byrne said she was “sick to my stomach” trying to understand that 12 years on “we are here again in the Dáil Chamber talking about the location and site of the new national children’s hospital”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State for Health Catherine Byrne has accused members of the Opposition of “jumping on the bandwagon and scaremongering” about the building(...)

The Government lost four Dáil votes on Thursday. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government lost four Dáil votes on Thursday. The votes covered motions on securing a special status for the North post-Brexit and on the North-So(...)

 People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny (3rd from left) with  Dr Cathal O’Suilliobhain, Mark Gaynor,  from Galway and Vera Twomey, from Cork, at the launch of the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Bill 2016 in November. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced a compassionate access programme for cannabis-based products. He plans to implement a Health Products(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris has been asked by the Oireachtas health committee to ensure both organisations representing GPs participate in negotiations on a new contract for the profession. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Oireachtas health committee has called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to ensure both organisations representing GPs participate in negotiatio(...)

Simon Harris: the question is whether he  wants to stay in Health for invevitable  battles, or escape as others have in the past. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ask most people around Leinster House what they think of Simon Harris, and the same adjectives usually flow: clever, ambitious, hardworking and compet(...)

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