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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: he must contend with a stronger opponent as the clock ticks towards byelections that will mean the end of his flimsy Dáil majority. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Three great and separate tests of statecraft, of good government and of politics await Leo Varadkar and his Government in the coming months. This is n(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: in the coming weeks he will outline the budget resources available in the case of an orderly Brexit and a disorderly crash-out on October 31st

A no-deal Brexit budget, with spending significantly curtailed, is emerging as the most likely tax and spending plan to be tabled by Minister for Fina(...)

A file image from 1988 showing smog over Capel Street bridge on the river Liffey, with the Four Courts in the background. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

The introduction of a nationwide ban on smoky coal has been delayed because of the threat of legal action by coal firms and the need to have a “legall(...)

Gabriel Makhlouf ‘believes that at all times he acted in good faith’. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg via Getty

A fresh investigation is to be held in New Zealand into charges that top official Gabriel Makhlouf, who is to be Ireland’s next Central Bank governor,(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: her leadership is not yet being questioned. But a poor general election could change that.

Those present at the weekly Sinn Féin team meeting in Leinster House on Tuesday traded their initial accounts of what went wrong. But this was not th(...)

Carmel McDonnell Byrne at the Christine Buckley Centre for Education and Support offices in Dublin city centre ahead of her retirement on May 30th. Photograph: Laura Hutton/ The Irish Times

For years Carmel McDonnell Byrne was the woman behind Christine Buckley, a quiet figure who has fought many battles over 20 years in the cause of thos(...)

Defence Forces on a UN interim force in Lebanon. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has rejected claims by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin that Defence Forces personnel are discriminated against “because of th(...)

Paschal Donohoe: he will also outline how much money he will expect to be able to spend in 2020 if there is an orderly Brexit

The Government is to outline how a no-deal Brexit would impact the next budget within weeks, with warnings that resources for tax cuts and spending in(...)

Leo Varadkar: “The fundamental question when you’re in government is: are you able to govern? So as long as we can do that, we’re in government”

The Taoiseach’s latest tease on the timing of a general election ought to provoke questions on his timing rather than the content of what he actually (...)

Maria Bailey: ‘I was hurt, I have medical expenses. Nobody questions that . . . The reason it took such great traction here is I am the subject of click bait’. Photograph: The Irish Times

On Monday Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey gave an interview to RTÉ radio’s Today with Sean O’Rourke show to discuss the fallout from her legal case followin(...)

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