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 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Heritage  Josepha Madigan and Zoe Reid of the National Archives  attend a launch  for the Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury research project. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

When the Taoiseach reached for a heavily charred document dating back to Henry VIII’s time, the archivist charged with explaining the document’s impor(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and his partner Matthew Barrett  welcome US vice-president Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence  to Famleigh House in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Faith/ AFP

US vice-president Mike Pence has arrived in Dublin for the second leg of his visit to Ireland, amidst controversy about his decision to stay in Presid(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar voting in Scoil Thomas, Castleknock on Friday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

For months, Fine Gael has been looking over its shoulder in worry at rural Ireland. Its poll ratings, and the personal popularity of Taoiseach Leo V(...)

The INMO said there were 483 patients awaiting admission to a hospital bed on trolleys  on Friday, down from nearly 600 on Thursday, and a record  677 on Wednesday

There were more than 2,400 patients on trolleys waiting for a hospital bed at some stage since the start of the new year, nurses have said. While th(...)

Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is stepping down but the next Garda scandal won’t be far away.

Few people in political circles, in Government or Opposition, believed that Nóirín O’Sullivan could really ride out the torrent of scandal that has be(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has made the cover of the Europe edition of the New York-based magazine, under the headline ‘An island at the centre of the world’.

The United Kingdom should not be punished for quitting the European Union and Ireland will lose “as much as, if not more” than Britain, if that happen(...)

 Denis Naughten: “I’d be quite happy to work with either. It’s irrelevant to me which is elected”

Some Independent Ministers may have been quietly hoping that Fine Gael Minister for Housing Simon Coveney would become Taoiseach, but none have anythi(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at a European Union summit in Brussels in 2011 where leaders met to work out a deal to resolve the euro zone debt crisis and find a way to give the bloc’s bailout fund greater firepower. File photograph: Thierry Roge/Reuters

When Enda Kenny became taoiseach in March 2011 the outlook was bleak. A few months earlier, Ireland had entered an EU-IMF bailout programme necessary (...)

TDs Ruth Coppinger and Mick Barry hold signs saying “Separate church and state” during Dáil prayers. Photograph: RTÉ/Oireachtas TV

Ireland urgently needs to separate church and State, to protect equally everyone’s right to freedom of religion or belief. The recent census showed t(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will personally resolve any differences that arise between their two parties if anyt(...)

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