Leo Varadkar: the new leader of Fine Gael and Ireland’s next Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leo Varadkar is the new leader of Fine Gael and Ireland’s next Taoiseach. This is a big deal. This is different. The realisation sank in during his(...)

Ireland’s next taoiseach:  Leo Varadkar arrives at the Fine Gael count on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Buying pints on an early-summer evening in Dublin may have seemed a pleasant task, but it was work all the same. John Paul Phelan, the Fine Gael TD fo(...)

The election of Leo Varadkar as leader of Fine Gael does not represent a change in political direction, more a change in emphasis and the need to offe(...)

 Leo Varadkar: So many prominent roles are filled by openly gay and lesbian people   that many forget such a situation would have been unthinkable a generation ago. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On February 1st, 2009, at the height of her country’s financial crisis, Jóhanna Sigurdardottir was elected Iceland’s first female prime minister and t(...)

Leo Varadkar impressed many with his command of policy areas beyond his ministerial brief during the hustings debate.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Over the coming days, officials in the Department of the Taoiseach are likely to be asked to prepare Leo Varadkar’s homework. Briefing books containi(...)

 Newly elected leader of the Fine Gael party Leo Varadkar speaks to supporters after winning the internal party election in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The new leader of the Fine Gael party has made international headlines since his comfortable win over rival Simon Coveney. Leo Varadkar’s election a(...)

Newly elected leader of Fine Gael, Leo Varadkar.  Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/AFP/Getty Images

The Irish Times politics team sat down shortly after Leo Varadkar’s victory in the Fine Gael leadership race to look back on the twists and turns in t(...)

Lord Mayor of Cork, Des Cahill: local party representatives and members had ‘never been more proud’ of Simon Coveney.

Simon Coveney did his native Cork proud by showing tremendous grit over the night. Cllr Des Cahill sent Mr Coveney a text on Friday morning telling (...)

“Sir, - We are the two Young Fine Gael delegates who sucessfully proposed the new system for electing the leader of Fine Gael. We feel shocked, appall(...)

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney: Mr Varadkar praised Mr Coveney for his campaign and said the two would sit down and discuss the future of the party. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The new Fine Gael leader, Leo Varadkar, has insisted he will not call an early general election if the Dáil elects him to succeed Enda Kenny as taoise(...)

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