Micheal Martin

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Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar  and UK  prime minister Boris Johnson ( inside Thornton Manor Hotel, near Birkenhead, north-west England last week. Photograph: Noel Mullen/AFP

The latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll suggests voters are in broad agreement with the Government regarding the need for fiscal prudence in the absenc(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Government’s approval ratings have risen significantly since the last Irish Times poll.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s approval rating has jumped with voters strongly backing the Government on Brexit and the economy, the latest Irish Times/Ipso(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: favours election next May. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Senior Government staff have been told by one of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s inner circle that there will be no general election until May 2020. John Ca(...)

The Bill will also make it illegal for under-18s to sell vaping products. Photograph: PA Wire

The sale of e-cigarettes to children is to be banned under legislation Minister for Health Simon Harris will bring to Cabinet later this month. The P(...)

Fianna Fail party leader Micheal Martin: accused Fine Gael of trying to force election. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said there won’t be a general election this year unless the Taoiseach tries to “pull a stroke of some sort becau(...)

A November election would require Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to gamble his office, when he could look forward to sitting in it for another six months. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Another bout of the general-election jitters skittered around Leinster House in the aftermath of the budget on Wednesday. Fianna Fáil thought Fine Ga(...)

Leo Varadkar with Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor Hotel in Cheshire. Photograph: PA Wire

Leo’s green and pleasant performance in Cheshire should boost flagging spirits in Fine Gael, where the mood is not as chipper as some would like it to(...)

Simon Harris: he is said to have delivered a rallying call amid claims that the party is “downtrodden”

A Fine Gael Senator has called for a seminar within the party to discuss “positivity” after a private meeting in which TDs and Senators discussed mora(...)

 Joan Collins told the Dáil  “it’s absolutely outrageous  ...  people are being subjected to this Budget”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Independent TD Joan Collins acknowledged she should not have sworn during the ongoing Dáil debate on the Budget after she told the Government and Fian(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin described the tobacco industry as one of the ‘most evil’ sectors. Photograph: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images

Greater urgency is needed to deal with the growing problem of vaping because of the number of young people getting hooked on e-cigarettes, the Dáil ha(...)

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