Michael Martin

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. “The new Taoiseach needs to set Brexit preparation as the key economic priority.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Leo Varadkar hasn’t got a bag of money to spend on spending increases and tax cuts in the October budget. This will complicate one of the key tasks he(...)

The election of Leo Varadkar as leader of Fine Gael does not represent a change in political direction, more a change in emphasis and the need to offe(...)

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney: “I want to get something of significance done.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney has confirmed that expects to publish a 130 page report on local government reform in Cork before the star(...)

Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin are unlikely to be the party leaders heading up the coalition – but anything is possible. Picture: Oisin McHugh/FusionShooters

The unspeakable has entered conversation in a most casual manner. So far, it comes in asides and afterthoughts, but not yet as serious discussion. How(...)

My  Right2Ruralbroadband movement will be modelled on Right2Water. The first step towards my seat in the Dáil  is to establish that broadband is a human right and a public good

I am thinking of starting a populist movement. It might one day become a fringe political party that will dictate national policy on a big issue to la(...)

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney has confirmed he expects to be in a position to publish the report of an advisory group looking at local g(...)

Former DUP leader Ian Paisley. John Prescott said his phone was tapped. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is “utterly disgraceful” that the security services tapped the phone of the late Ian Paisley while he was an MP, the politician’s son has said. Fo(...)

If the majority evaporates, the Border becomes unsustainable. Nationalists will want it gone and unionists will see no point to it. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

There is a hint of the 1970s about the Republic’s new debate on a united Ireland – specifically the years from 1974, when loyalism and unionism came t(...)

Haughey family members including Seán Haughey (left) and Ciarán Haughey (right) escort the remains of Maureen Haughey at her funeral at Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Maureen Haughey (91), who died on St Patrick’s Day, used to joke that her late father, former taoiseach Seán Lemass, could never pronounce the word lo(...)

 John Tobin from Tramore, Co Waterford. ‘They had to stand down the helicopter due to fog and in the end the only option was to drive me to Cork.’ Photograph: Mary Browne

Hospital campaigners in Waterford say they are seriously considering running a candidate in the next general election over the failure of the Governm(...)

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