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Leo Varadkar: were he to call an election in September he  would be throwing the leadership of the country into doubt at precisely the time of greatest sensitivity in Brexit

The big clearout from Leinster House was a fortnight ago when the Dáil adjourned for the summer recess. The Cabinet had its final meeting on Wednesday(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Brussels on Monday following a meeting with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Photographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

The Government is to consider including a two-third majority lock in any legislation to replace the Eighth Amendment. Tánaiste Simon Coveney is to as(...)

 Simon Harris is understood to be willing to make  minor adjustments  to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he is willing to make two key changes to new alcohol legislation to assuage concerns expressed by Fine Gael (...)

Simon Harris: the  Minister for Health is scheduled to meet his party’s Senators ahead of the debate to discuss some of their concerns. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael Senators have criticised “unworkable” and “politically correct” plans to hide alcohol from display in small shops. Minister for Health Simo(...)

An  approximation of how Monday’s eclipse will look from Ireland – weather permitting.

Many parts of the United States will darken on Monday due to a rare cosmic coincidence as millions witness a total solar eclipse. The astronomical eve(...)

Ray Butler was  diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last August and said it was a huge wake-up call for him.

A Government Senator has spoken of how he lost more than six stone in weight to deal with his diabetes and avoid having to take nine tablets a day for(...)

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

Ireland has one of the most progressive legislative frameworks for affirming the rights of people in terms of gender recognition, according to Ministe(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting he would not leave a leadership vacuum. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Enda Kenny has promised there will be an “orderly transition” to the next Fine Gael leader, with the contest to succeed him now expected to begin afte(...)

Senator Ned O’Sullivan said he had experience of the negative aspects of social media when he had, “famously, or perhaps infamously”, made a comment about the seagull situation in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan has revealed he was physically threatened by an anonymous contributor to social media. “Something needs to be done(...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar is to launch a survey of 20,000 self-employed people to find out if they are willing to pay higher social insurance in return for more State benefits. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Minister for Social Protection will today launch a survey of 20,000 self-employed people to find out if they are willing to pay higher social insu(...)

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