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Niall Collins: Lost his portfolio when it emerged he voted six times for absent party colleague Timmy Dooley, in the so-called  ‘votegate’ scandal. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

When the “votegate” scandal erupted in the Dáil, Niall Collins (46) lost his portfolio as the party’s spokesman on jobs, enterprise and innovation. I(...)

Catherine Noone was quoted in The Times Ireland edition as having said of Mr Varadkar: ‘He’s autistic like, he’s on the spectrum, there’s no doubt about it. He’s uncomfortable socially and he doesn’t always get the in-between bits’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that comments by Catherine Noone about him being “autistic” were “ignorant”, but it was not proportionate for her to l(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar buys  sausages at Fitzgerald’s Butchers during his general election campaign walkabout in Fermoy, Co Cork. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg.

Not so ‘fast’ Eddie A week is a long time in politics, so the cliche goes, but for Fianna Fáil’s Eddie Ryan it must be eternal. “Fast” Eddie declare(...)

President of Greece Prokopios Pavlopoulos with President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwell

It fell to Minister of State Finian McGrath to represent the Government during the State visit of president of Greece Prokopios Pavlopoulos to Áras a(...)

Though Leo Varadkar played Brexit cannily, he spent much of 2019 under domestic pressure. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There is only one candidate for the story of 2019 in Irish politics: Brexit dominated everything. So much did Irish politics progress in the shadow of(...)

Our Politician of the Year is Sinn Féin’s deputy leader in the Dáil, Pearse Doherty,  whose work in taking on the insurance industry and keeping a spotlight on its practices has been a rare highlight.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s been a lacklustre year in Leinster House, with Brexit- and Boris-related events in the UK sucking the life and colour out of the political landsc(...)

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The Taoiseach is enjoying some rare time off over Christmas and this year promises to be a particularly special one for Leo Varadkar and his family. (...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: repeated his view that the natural ‘cut off’ point for this Dáil is Easter next year.  File Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has held out the prospect of a return to senior party positions for two TDs he sacked from his frontbench over the r(...)

Committee chairwoman Hildegarde Naughton said: ‘I wish to announce that I have recused myself from the investigation of complaints.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The chair of the committee investigating proxy voting by two TDs in the Dáil has stepped aside from the investigation because she herself has voted on(...)

‘Just one more thing, ma’am . . .’ If the Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy's hunch is right, then ‘Fobgate’ could put the War of the Buttons into the ha’penny place. Photograph: John Ohle for The Irish Times

We don’t wish to alarm anyone, but Votegate may be only the tip of the iceberg. As the War of the Buttons simmers along gently, awaiting the results (...)

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