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Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar: completed review will be presented to the Oireachtas no later than September 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The list of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s junior ministerial appointments is disappointing on a number of fronts. Far from representing a new political bro(...)

Michael Noonan communicated solidity, reliability and wisdom during his time as finance minister, according to former Labour TD Pat Rabbitte, who served alongside him in government.

Michael Noonan communicated solidity, reliability and wisdom during his time as finance minister, according to former Labour TD Pat Rabbitte, who serv(...)

The idea that getting out of bed early is a badge of moral virtue is hardly new. The Puritans were early risers and Napoleon bragged that he could get(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch in the Irish Architectural Archive. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Being Taoiseach “takes up practically every waking hour of your day” Enda Kenny said last night, reflecting on the nature of his role and the defendin(...)

Steve Fitzpatrick, General secretary of the Communications Workers Union. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There is a whiff of belligerence around the industrial relations scene these days. Trade unions and companies in myriad sectors from transport to reta(...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten (right) with the CEO of Eir Richard Moat in Ardnanure, Co Roscommon. Mr Naughten confirmed an additional 300,000 homes and businesses would have access to high-speed broadband offering 1,000Mb/s within 90 weeks. Photograph: Maxwellphotography.ie

The Government’s broadband scheme will cover half a million homes, equivalent to a quarter of all Irish households, making it one of the largest state(...)

St Joseph’s Industrial School in Clifden, Co Galway. Photograph: Kellie Greene

The agreement between the State and the country’s religious orders has been repeatedly questioned since it came to light in the months after it was ag(...)

There is widespread frustration among those affected by online abuse that the likes of Twitter and Facebook are at best slow and at worst entirely unresponsive to requests for removal of objectionable content.  File photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty

The announcement by Minister for Communications Denis Naughten that he intends to create a new State office tasked with making sure abusive or dangero(...)

TDs seeing their proposals pass earlier stages in the Dáil at first believe they are making progress, only for their Bills to languish thereafter

If bond yields buttered no parsnips, as Pat Rabbitte once said, then parliamentary procedure is certainly not an issue on which to have an election. (...)

When asked whether he was looking forward to the election campaign, one of Enda Kenny’s stock responses was: “I’m f****ng dying for road.” Photograph: Bloomberg

Good morning, the digest this morning is a little different. We have asked each of the four contributors to choose their favourite piece from the dige(...)

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