Pat Deering from Carlow-Kilkenny said he had not been approached at all by Mr Coveney’s camp during the campaign. Photograph: Alan Betson

One of Simon Coveney’s most prominent supporters has said time will be required to heal the divides wrought by the Fine Gael leadership campaign. Sen(...)

Simon Coveney ends his speech at the Mansion House as Leo Varadkar applauds: Coveney’s campaign did not begin in earnest until February and his supporters say Varadkar had a headstart. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Two days into the Fine Gael leadership campaign, Simon Coveney had a key decision to make. The previous 48 hours had been a washout, with many of his (...)

Leo Varadkar’s Indian relatives celebrate  in Borivali, Mumbai. Photograph: Shubhada Varadkar

There was jubilation in the Varadkar family in India when it was announced that Leo Varadkar will be the next Fine Gael leader and taoiseach-in-waitin(...)

Derek and Anita O’ Reilly were out for a walk with their two young boys, James and George when they heard of Leo Varadkar’s elevation to party leader.

“A new dawn for Irish politics,” – that’s the message from local constituents in Dublin West tonight as Leo Varadkar was elected leader of the Fine Ga(...)

Leo Varadkar arrives with his parents Ashok (R) and Miriam (L) Varadkar as it is announced that he won the Fine Gael leadership race. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

In the end, it was both a stronger and weaker victory than had been expected for Leo Varadkar. Stronger in the sense that he swept to an even more c(...)

Leo Varadkar’s  father  is from Mumbaibut the family originated in Varad, a village in Gujarat state north of Mumbai, from which the family derives the name.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar’s extended Indian family will be anxiously awaiting news from Dublin on his likely election as Fine Gael leader andtaoiseach-in-waiting. (...)

Fine Gael party member Frankie Mulqueen casts his vote in the leadership election on Monday night in the Red Cow hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar remains the strong favourite to be declared the new Fine Gael leader when the votes in the leadership elec(...)

‘What we need a little bit more of in this country is individual accountability,’ said Leo Varadkar (pictured last week visiting Wicklow Gaol). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said he will demand individual accountability from the public sector if elected Taoiseach. Mr Varadka(...)

‘Concepts of left and right don’t work in modern politics and probably never really worked in Ireland because of our history’, says  Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The location is a provincial hotel in Navan Co Meath but the style could be Cleveland. A group of enthusiastic supporters crowd at the entrance of the(...)

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney  at the start of the first of four nights on the Hustings in the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin last week. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

On the eve of the election of a new Fine Gael leader, and with polling drawing to a close among ordinary party members on Thursday, the(...)

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