Like Enda Kenny, Leo Varadkar will need the support of at least 58 TDs. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar could be elected taoiseach by a narrower Dáil margin than the vote Enda Kenny achieved last year. Mr Varadkar is expect(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny dealt with the leadership issue early. “I’m happy to pass on responsibility to the next generation.” Photograph: The Irish Times

It may be one of his final trips as Taoiseach but Enda Kenny kicked off his farewell US trip with a bang as he attended the Chicago leg of U2’s Joshua(...)

Leo Varadkar:   A gay taoiseach is actually a very big deal indeed, but Varadkar’s politics are relatively rare among those who marched for his rights. Photograph: Paulo Nunes Dos Santos/AFP/Getty Images

Leo Varadkar becoming taoiseach-elect is a strange victory for many LGBT people whose politics are rooted in solidarity, equality and standing up for(...)

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael TDs and Ministers have begun jostling for positions under leader Leo Varadkar as he prepares to announce a number of changes to the Cabinet.(...)

Members of the Independent Alliance Shane Ross, John Halligan and Finian McGrath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent Ministers will seek a number of new commitments as part of discussions with the new Fine Gael leader, Leo Varadkar. Mr Varadkar has alrea(...)

Leo Varadkar  at the Mansion House, Dublin, after his election: The vast majority of senior Ministers voted for him, so a major overhaul is not expected. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

And now for the hard part. After trouncing Simon Coveney among TDs in the Fine Gael leadership race, Leo Varadkar has many mouths to feed. The jost(...)

Publicity shot: Cllr Leo Varadkar running in Dublin West for Fine Gael in the 2007 general election.

February 23rd, 1999 Mary O’Rourke’s outburst reveals either a breathtaking ignorance of European law and politics or, worse still, a calculated an(...)

Festival-goers,  possibly not Fine Gael voters.  Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

I’ve been away. I’ve missed more than a few cultural convulsions. The Catholic Church will be doing less meddling in our maternity hospitals. That sou(...)

Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar embrace after Mr Varadkar won the Fine Gael party race: Mr Varadkar is on course to become Ireland’s 13th taoiseach.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Declaring that his election demonstrated that “prejudice has no hold in this Republic”, Leo Varadkar became the new leader of Fine Gael last night, se(...)

Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe: next generation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar is 38. His first vote was in the general election of 1997, when Bertie Ahern snatched victory from under the noses of a competent but pol(...)

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