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Minister of State Finian McGrath should consider his position in Government as he has not paid his water charges, former minister for the environment Alan Kelly has said.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister of State Finian McGrath should consider his position in Government as he has not paid his water charges, former minister for the environment (...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has been accused of claiming water meters were Fine Gael’s “e-voting machines multiplied by ten”. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has been accused of claiming water meters were Fine Gael’s “e-voting machines multiplied by 10”. Fianna F(...)

Joan Burton wrote her name into the history books by becoming the first female leader of the Labour party. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Joan Burton resigned as leader of the Labour party today, two years after taking over the reins from Eamon Gilmore. Her tenure was short but signifi(...)

Joan Burton:  will remain as Labour Party leader until a successor is chosen. Internal favourite Brendan Howlin has made it clear he will not contest leadership.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former tánaiste Joan Burton is to announce she will step down as Labour Party leader today, paving the way for a contest between Alan Kelly and Seán (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “I never heard of it [a coin toss for a ministry] in my life. I think it’s unprecedented and it was demeaning of the office.” Photograph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has criticised Fine Gael for failing to sort out the issue of junior ministries in advance of Friday’s vote for taoi(...)

New chief whip Regina Doherty speaking at the launch of Fine Gael’s Oireachtas Reform Programme at the Dáil last March, with party members Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Eoghan Murphy  and David Stanton. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

At least 10 of the ministers of State to be named in coming days will not have held office before. The Cabinet is expected to approve the full comp(...)

Under the new programme for government, expected to be published this week, hospital services will be run by statutory trusts which will own their assets and manage the recruitment of their own staff. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government is planning to “dismantle” the HSE and replace it over time with a new health commission. Under the new programme for government, expe(...)

 Shane Ross: he wrote in the Sunday Independent that “I am really looking forward to my first meeting with some of the organisations which have received harsh criticism in this column.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

One of the first issues for new Minister for Transport Shane Ross will be the worsening industrial dispute at the Luas light rail system in Dublin. Lu(...)

Michael Creed, new Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, with his son Oran, niece Hazel Healy and supporters. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Just after he was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1989, Michael Creed (52) was asked how he would like to be remembered when he left politics. “Whet(...)

 Independent TD Denis Naughten  at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Newly appointed Minister for Communications, Climate Change, and Natural Resources Denis Naughten has told his supporters that the new programme for g(...)

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