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 Hildegarde Naughton will be one of four Fine Gael TDs on the Oireachtas abortion committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs Hildegarde Naughton and Peter Fitzpatrick will take the final two slots on the 21-person Oireachtas abortion committee. Fine Gael and F(...)

Happier times. Some small farmers in the party favour Varadkar because they believe Coveney represents big farmers more, while others feel Varadkar has been more willing to press their flesh during constituency visits

There will be no peasants’ revolt in Fine Gael. The party does not do revolts, but, beware Leo Varadkar, not all of the party’s members are willing to(...)

Simon Coveney and Kate O’ Connell at Mr  Coveney’s policy document launch at the weekend. Photograph:  Collins

Leo Varadkar’s pitch for the Fine Gael leadership is exclusionary and risks leaving people behind, a prominent supporter of his rival Simon Coveney ha(...)

False health claims for cannabis are often a Trojan horse to decriminalise cannabis for purely recreational use

Cannabis has been used for both recreational and medicinal reasons for millenniums, and in February the Dáil voted to legalise it for specific medical(...)

Candidates for the Fine Gael leadership Minister for Housing Simon Coveney  and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The day after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) changed the header on its website hom(...)

Leo Varadkar launches campaign bid for the Fine Gael leadership in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has said he wants to lead a party for “people who get up early in the morning”. Mr Varadkar officially la(...)

 Leo Varadkar at the launch of his leadership campaign for Fine Gael Party in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney is staying in the Fine Gael leadership race, his supporters confirmed on Saturday. Damien English, Mr Coveney’s di(...)

Varadkar has been preparing for years, his team for months. Numerous people have been involved , but most were in the dark about who else was involved. Everyone fed back to him, but only a select handful knew the full plan

It was as good as it would get for Simon Coveney as he walked down Dublin’s Mount Street to hand in his nomination papers at Fine Gael headquarters on(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton surprised some by supporting Leo Varadkar’s push to lead Fine Gael. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Six Cabinet Ministers are set to declare for Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar in the contest to replace Enda Kenny as leader of Fine Gael. (...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney launching his campaign for the Fine Gael leadership with supporters including Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has insisted he will run a positive campaign to become Fine Gael leader but declined to state how much he will spen(...)

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