Fine Gael Leadership Candidates Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney  at the start of the first of four nights on the hustings, at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fine Gael leadership candidate Simon Coveney said his competitor Leo Varadkar was being “smart assed” when he said Mr Coveney had no policies. The M(...)

Simon Harris believes Simon Coveney has the right personality and convictions to lead Fine Gael and the State. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It’s been quite a fortnight for my party, for politics nerds (you know who you are) but also I hope, for the general public to see a new and different(...)

Leo Varadkar: the big question is whether he has the temperament and the stamina to step into the taoiseach’s role. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Asked to explain how a relative political novice such as Leo Varadkar was on the point of becoming the next Fine Gael leader and the youngest taoiseac(...)

Leo Varadkar launching his campaign bid to be Fine Gael party leader. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Leo Varadkar is on the run. Criss-crossing the country, meeting the electorate, pressing his case, making his pitch. On Sunday night he was in Cork, (...)

Simon Coveney: “The membership are more interested in what the party stands for and less interested in their own careers.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It’s possible, Simon Coveney insists. More than that, it’s happening. People are changing. He produces a document with calculations on the share of t(...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar: if he wins the Fine Gael leadership race, he is expected to offer Simon Coveney the role of tánaiste.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Leo Varadkar, the frontrunner in the Fine Gael leadership race, has said he will move immediately after the contest ends on Friday to ensure no divisi(...)

Screen grab of Taoiseach Enda Kenny during his final appearance at Leaders’ Questions: Regrets? He’s had a few. But then again, too few to mention.

Heather Humphreys was speaking about hedgerows and sunset clauses when Enda Kenny took his seat as leader for the last time. It was midday in the Dái(...)

What influence are yesterday’s men, Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan, having behind the scenes? And is Leo really going to drag the party to the right?

Blue blood stained the floor after the final Fine Gael leadership hustings in Cork on Sunday, and now Coveney supporters are helpfully circulating num(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny might think he was thrown under the bus, but he wasn’t. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

After six years as Taoiseach, Enda Kenny takes Leaders’ Questions for the last time in the Dáil on Wednesday. On Friday, a new Fine Gael leader will (...)

Fine Gael leadership candidates Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney during their debate  at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leo Varadkar has now secured the support of over half of all Fine Gael councillors across the country, with just under a third backing his leadership (...)

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