Ireland’s next taoiseach: Leo Varadkar’s life will change for ever when he accepts the seal of office on Wednesday. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty

The transition happens in an instant. If all goes according to the plans being carefully refined this weekend, Leo Eric Varadkar will sit down with Pr(...)

Leo Varadkar with current Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Nothing demonstrates the gap between the political bubble around Leinster House and the public at large more than when a cabinet reshuffle looms. Tho(...)

Eoghan Murphy was among the members arguing for reform. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Among the most prominent campaigners for Leo Varadkar during the Fine Gael leadership campaign were TDs who were once seen as comprising an “awkward s(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan were honoured at the event.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Cabinet colleagues of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan organised a farewell dinner for them on Thursday night, surprising (...)

Leo Varadkar: the new Fine Gael leader may be  more subtle than Charles Haughey in his negotiations with Independents, but he will have to engage with them. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘You know what I want. Now, what do you want?” Such was how Charles Haughey greeted Tony Gregory in 1982 in a bid to secure the Independent TD’s vote (...)

Leo Varadkar reached the highest political office in our system just 10 years after he first entered parliament. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

The most remarkable thing about the fact that Leo Varadkar will be elected taoiseach next week is not that he is gay or the son of an immigrant but th(...)

 Thomas Byrne with  Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  and Dara Calleary  during a Fianna Fail press briefing on the plinth. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Where would we be without the plinth? Or that pavement patch of no man’s land outside the gates of Government Buildings? Oh, the thrill of witnessin(...)

“One thing Leo Varadkar needs to beware of is pandering too much to the impatient younger TDs clamouring for promotion.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar’s dilemma about who to drop and who to promote to Cabinet is giving him his first taste of what it is like to be a party leader with the (...)

Simon Coveney:  wants a position that would allow him to take on “big briefs” and would make him “a very powerful member of government”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Simon Coveney is open to a move from the Department of Housing in Leo Varadkar’s government, with the positions of tánaiste and minister for foreign a(...)

Leo Varadkar is expected to be elected taoiseach when the House resumes on Tuesday, June 13th. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

The Independent Alliance has said it wants more free votes in the Dáil, as well as a commitment that the Universal Social Charge will be phased out, b(...)

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