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Ireland’s next taoiseach:  Leo Varadkar arrives at the Fine Gael count on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Buying pints on an early-summer evening in Dublin may have seemed a pleasant task, but it was work all the same. John Paul Phelan, the Fine Gael TD fo(...)

Varadkar has been preparing for years, his team for months. Numerous people have been involved , but most were in the dark about who else was involved. Everyone fed back to him, but only a select handful knew the full plan

It was as good as it would get for Simon Coveney as he walked down Dublin’s Mount Street to hand in his nomination papers at Fine Gael headquarters on(...)

Denis O’Brien had argued that speeches made by two TDs  breached his rights under the Constitution and European Convention on Human Rights. Photograph: The Irish Times

Businessman Denis O’Brien initiated legal proceedings against the Dáil’s Committee on Procedures and Privileges in August 2015. Mr O’Brien took issue(...)

Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Barry Cowen .Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil has urged Fine Gael to outline its position on water charges by Friday. The members of the Oireachtas water committee met again on Wedne(...)

Sean Barrett: the Fine Gael TD and former minister for defence responded that the RDFRA’s was the “most damning report” he had s seen in his 36 years as a member of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Reserve Defence Forces could cease to exist within months if extra commitments are not given to strengthen the organisation, an Oireachtas commit(...)

The Irish Times Inside Business podcast: Should Ireland have a minister for minimising damage from Brexit?

The head of the Irish employers’ group Ibec has predicted that the UK will not be able to strike a trade deal with the EU in light of the priorities l(...)

Barry Andrews: he held a seat in the Dún Laoghaire constituency for Fianna Fáil between 2002 and 2011, when he lost out in the party’s post-bailout electoral meltdown

Fianna Fáil is eyeing up a political return for former minister and ex-Goal chief executive Barry Andrews as the party seeks to make gains in Dublin a(...)

John Halligan, Minister of State for Training and Skills, submitted two questions to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald about refugees and the refugee resettlement programme. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Independent Alliance member John Halligan has again defied Government norms, by submitting written parliamentary questions. It is highly unusual for (...)

  File photograph of Vera  Cosgrave with her husband Liam and Albert Reynolds. File photograph: File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was among the mourners at the funeral on Monday of Vera Cosgrave, wife of Liam Cosgrave, who was taoiseach from 1973 until 1977. (...)

 Members of the Defence Forces from the 53rd Infantry Group pictured in April during a readiness training excercise in Coolmoney Camp, Glen of Imaal, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

The Defence Forces are to join a UK-led EU battle group, following their participation in four similar operations undertaken since 2008. Following a (...)

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