Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits St Laurence O’Toole girls’ national school in Seville Place, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fine Gael’s future in the post-Enda era was much discussed at the Mayo GAA senior players’ inaugural Christmas lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel. The bal(...)

How do you solve a problem like the Minister? “Everyone is convinced that Shane wants to get himself fired.” Photograph: Alan Betson

For a confident, ambitious man who likes a lot of attention and the sound of his own voice, the job of government minister must seem very attractive. (...)

Donald Trump and US vice-president-elect Mike Pence, whose grandfather was Irish. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Ah sure, he’s not the worst. And didn’t his people pay our people an enormous compliment by getting him to call Enda Kenny before he lifted the phone (...)

Terry Leyden led the shameless tributes in the Seanad while Enda Kenny fired off a letter to the president elect but the Healy-Rae machine will “never get across the border”. Photographs: The Irish Times

Trump has triumphed. What next for the Narrow-mouthed Whorl Snail? The most powerful celebrity in the world will be able to do what he likes now in (...)

“There are escalators inside for Enda to make Donald Trump-style entrances down into the chamber (formerly the Cosmetics Hall and Karen Millen).” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leinster House is falling down Falling down, falling down Leinster House is falling down Where will the Dáil go? The renovation work has to b(...)

Pieta House founder Joan Freeman was one of three Taoiseach nominees to the Seanad chosen by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Three of the Taoiseach’s 11 Seanad nominees were selected by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. In an agreement reached by Mr Martin and Enda Kenny F(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael think-in in Adare, Co Limerick, where the party hoped to break the Curse of the Challenge of the Upturn. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

With a general election just around the corner, best feet were belting forward at all the think-ins. The main parties will be pleased to have survi(...)

The Europa Hotel in Belfast: The trip promises a stay at the hotel “which was bombed and refurbished a staggering 28 times during the Troubles”. Photograph: Paul Mcerlane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Funds of Sinn Féin, sorry, Friends of Sinn Féin recently alerted American subscribers to its mailing list about a 1916- themed trip to the Auld Sod. “(...)

Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton told the Fine Gael national conference that full employment was within Ireland’s grasp twice and “twice that was snatched from us by bad policies”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Full employment was within Ireland’s grasp twice and “twice that was snatched from us by bad policies”, Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruto(...)

It was a tough day for the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, who ended up waging a fight on two fronts. Photograph: Eric Luke

Leinster House didn’t need to engage a team of counter-surveillance experts to predict that a serious drone attack was imminent yesterday. Inco(...)