Tánaiste Leo Varadkar accepted that the GP contract leak was wrong and apologised for it, but insisted that it was not confidential or significant information. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

The release of internal Department of Health emails has put the focus again on one of the most controversial episodes in the lifetime of the present (...)

Geraldine Feeney is a former Fianna Fáil senator. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Dáil is set to vote without a debate on Tuesday on the appointment of former lobbyist Geraldine Feeney as a member of the Standards in Public Offi(...)

During Leaders’ Questions  Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he did not know Geraldine Feeney had been a lobbyist for the now defunct group. Photograph: The Irish Times

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said that he was unaware that the Government’s nominee to its standards watchdog had previously lobbied for the National Ass(...)

 Geraldine Feeney at the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children in 2010. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sinn Féin has questioned the appointment of a former Fianna Fáil senator to the State’s ethics watchdog, who the Dáil was told became a professional l(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: ‘We’re not immune from the corrosive forces experienced in other established democracies: fake news conspiracy theories, the far right, far left, unregulated fringe publications, and unverified social media grievances and score-settling in spheres masquerading as journalism.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Why was there a vote of confidence in the Dáil? When individual Ministers face sustained criticism over performance, or controversial actions, or o(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:   “There’s enough there for people who believe the worst of Leo or Fine Gael,” one Opposition source said. “But there’s nothing that’s going to hang him tomorrow.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Opposition is expected to attack Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s argument that he leaked a confidential GP pay deal to secure support for it during a conf(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney says Sinn Féin are looking to inflict personalised political damage on Leo Varadkar by tabling a no confidence motion.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said he believes “absolutely” Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s explanation for sending a draft copy of a GP cont(...)

Leo Varadkar has denied he broke the law. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

The news that Leo Varadkar leaked a confidential document on a €210 million GP pay deal, as well as the strenuously denied allegation that he broke th(...)

Varadkar’s claim is that he was helping a process along that was in the public interest; to the Opposition it looks like he was helping a friend

There was strong backing for Leo Varadkar all day Monday from his Government colleagues. Fine Gael Ministers paraded through radio and television stu(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The State’s political ethics watchdog has been asked to investigate the circumstances surrounding the leaking of a document by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar t(...)

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