PR unit 'will save taxpayer money', says Varadkar
Niall O'ConnorThe Government's under-fire strategic communications unit will eventually save the taxpayer money, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Niall O'ConnorThe Government's under-fire strategic communications unit will eventually save the taxpayer money, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Donal O'Donovan and Colm KelpieTaoiseach Leo Varadkar said Ireland would stand firm against any moves by Brussels...
Donal O'Donovan and Colm KelpieTaoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government will resist any shake-up of...
Kevin DoyleTaoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended his decision to object to a four-story...
Kevin DoyleThe number of fatalities on Irish farms this year has been described as “enormous”...
Independent.ie Newsdesk President Michael D Higgins has revealed that he will confirm if he plans to run for a second term "after the summer next year".
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has come under fire for “glittering launches” and trying to bury bad news at the Fianna Fáil think-in.
Jody Corcoran Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that a "large part of the solution" to the housing crisis is high-rise apartment living in city centre locations not "urban sprawl".
Philip Ryan Internal Fine Gael tensions sparked by the leadership contest were reignited at the party's annual think-in during an after-dinner speech by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Kevin Doyle Planning laws for data centres could be loosened in light of the delays experienced by tech giant Apple in Galway.
Kevin Doyle A SUGAR tax will be announced in the Budget, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has indicated.
Kevin Doyle THE crisis in housing means high rise buildings and a return of bedsits have to be seriously considered, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he plans to give "money back to those who created the wealth" in new proposed tax cuts in this year's budget.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is disappointed that rank and file gardai have rejected the findings of a report into the breath test scandal.
Kevin Doyle Fine Gael is to move away from producing a single pre-election manifesto to a "living document" in a bid to set the agenda of the next vote.
Kevin Doyle Plans are being developed to redesign Nama as an agency capable of developing lands on behalf of the State.
Kevin Doyle Middle income families pay the highest rates of tax on "far too modest incomes", Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will tell Fine Gael TDs today.
Kathy Armstrong Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that he doesn't agree that unborn babies should have no rights whatsoever.
Kathy Armstrong Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that he doesn't agree that unborn babies should have no rights whatsoever.
Philip Ryan A big cheer for Leo Varadkar. The Taoiseach has reached his 100th day as Fine Gael leader today (he has to wait another couple of weeks to celebrate his 100th day as Taoiseach).
Gene Kerrigan In May 1921, with the State not yet formed, WT Cosgrave, Minister for Local Government, 1916 veteran, future head of Government and one of the founders of Fine Gael, wrote about the poorest of our nation: "They have no ideas whatsoever of civic responsibilities. As a rule their highest aim is to live at the expense of the...
Nicola Anderson Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that he does not believe women in Ireland are equal.
Cormac McQuinn The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Independent Alliance junior minister were apparently thrilled with the reception they got at the Government's latest good news event.
Cormac McQuinn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has criticised controversial social media posts on Islam and refugees by a Fine Gael councillor, saying they don't represent the views or values of the party.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar has revealed the details of the Government's new Strategic Communications Unit.
Here's a political truth: Mediocre politicians measure each social problem primarily by the extent to which it affects their careers and reputations.
Eoghan Harris Last Tuesday, Simon Coveney said he was worried about North Korea. He would do better to worry about the North of Ireland - and its increasing impact on the politics of the Irish Republic.
Jody Corcoran It is by now evident that Leo Varadkar is to be targeted this coming Dail term by the Opposition for the level of "spin" associated with his leadership style.
Eilis O'Hanlon Leo Varadkar spent 25 minutes on the phone to the Egyptian President last week, discussing the case of Ibrahim Halawa, the young man who's now spent four years in prison after being...
Philip Ryan and Jody Corcoran Government ministers are increasingly concerned that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's focus on public relations "spin" will backfire at a time when the housing crisis has escalated, claiming the life of a third...
Brendan O'Connor We all know that this whole technology thing isn't going to end well. Though we can be a bit selective about it. So, for example, on one hand, people are a bit suspicious about the public services card, which they reckon is part of a conspiracy for the Government to know our names, our PPS numbers, and whether we are entitled...
Philip Ryan Health Minister Simon Harris has said he wants to build three new public hospitals which would carry out only non-emergency operations as part of his attempt to end the scandalous waiting...
Kevin Doyle Welcome back. You might have tuned out for a few weeks from the problems of our little country but don't worry, because you haven't missed much.
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted the controversial Public Services Card will not morph into a national identity card.
Independent.ie newsdesk Determined to prove he's fit for office, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spent his Sunday morning cycling 20km, running 5km, and swimming 750m as part of the Dublin City Triathlon.
David Young Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he remains very confident there will be no need for passport controls on the Irish border post Brexit.
Nicola Anderson In a hot and stuffy room on the 19th floor of one of Toronto's fanciest hotels, a self-conscious few were attempting a sweaty type of nonchalance as they gathered at the fringes of a reception...
Ian Begley Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has rejected criticism of the speed of the Government's response to the flooding disaster in the north-west.
Ian Begley Taoiseach Leo Varadkar flew to Donegal this afternoon to visit the communities devastated by flooding.
Letters to the Editor As we know the Assembly was disestablished in the North by the withdrawal of Sinn Féin. This situation was engineered by the DUP by the refusal of its leader to stand down during the...
Sasha Brady Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has outlined the first steps in the Government's response to the flooding in the north-west.
Kevin Doyle and Nicola Anderson A border similar to the one between the United States and Canada would not work on the island of Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Niall O'Connor and Nicola Anderson Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has played down the decision by Noirin O'Sullivan to seek an exit from the force just halfway through her term as Garda Commissioner.
Wendy Grace I used to admire Leo Varadkar. He had a reputation for speaking his mind. He wasn't afraid to stray from the herd, even if party grandees weren't always pleased.
Nicola Anderson Ireland will double its footprint overseas by 2025, to fulfill our ambition of being "an island at the centre of the world."
Cormac McQuinn and Nicola Anderson Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hit back at broadcaster George Hook's criticism on none other than the Twitter machine.
Niall O'Connor Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has outlined measures aimed at tackling the crippling cost of childcare facing tens of thousands of families.
Nicola Anderson Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner Matt Barrett were cheered from the rafters as they marched in the Montreal Pride Parade on Sunday.
Barry Egan Leo Varadkar has spoken publicly for the first time about the complicated nature of his long-distance relationship with partner Dr Matthew Barrett, who is now working in America.
Ellie Donnelly An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has taken fifth spot in Fortune’s 40 under 40 most influential young people in the world.
An Irish student in Chicago has told of her embarrassment after not recognising Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the restaurant she was working in.
Cillian Sherlock An Irish student on a J1 was left feeling embarrassed after she didn’t recognise Taoiseach Leo Varadkar when he came into her Chicago restaurant.
Mark O'Regan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told how he lost two people he knew to suicide during Ireland's Great Recession as latest figures show the number of suicides reached almost 5,000 in most of the period...
Colm McCarthy Ireland's return to levels of economic activity not seen since the credit bubble began to burst 10 years ago is not the only "lost decade" that deserves notice this summer. A decade has also been lost in reforming Europe's dysfunctional common currency regime and the same air of premature celebration is taking hold. Just as...
Cormac McQuinn If Leo Varadkar has a prediction for who will triumph in the Women's Rugby World Cup, he was keeping it to himself.
Editorial 'Just what is going on in Dublin?' the Democratic Unionist Party not unreasonably asked following the election of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach and his appointment of Simon Coveney as Minister for Foreign Affairs, two events which have ushered in a notable change of tone in Government in relation to political events in Northern...
Eilis O'Hanlon The "phoney war" was the period after September 1939 when all sides had declared war on one another, but the actual fighting, bar the odd skirmish, still hadn't begun. Instead armies spent the...
Eoghan Harris Leo Varadkar rounded on the Brits about Brexit last Friday week. Gerry Adams led the chorus of approval - and is still gushing.
Willie O'Dea Around this time last year Minister Paschal Donohoe became very upset at me when I called for a €5 increase in the old-age pension. He was furious. He claimed that I wanted to "…create the kind...
Brendan O'Connor My, how things have changed. Traditionally, in ancient Ireland, at this time of year, we used to celebrate the feast of Willie. This was a time when all the politicians went strangely quiet, apart from the odd sighting of one in the bushes in Parknasilla or in a pub in Glenties with an economist, a historian, a lawyer, a feminist...
Ailish O'Hora The rainbow flag, more commonly known as the gay pride flag, was flying in Belfast on Friday on the day that Leo Varadkar visited the city as part of his first trip to Northern Ireland.
Mark O'Regan Almost 50pc of the public believe Leo Varadkar's plan to introduce a watchdog for the waste industry will not be effective, a Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll has revealed.
Premier Leo Varadkar has said it is "only a matter of time" before same-sex marriage is introduced in Northern Ireland, as he attended a gay Pride event in Belfast.
Deborah McAleese Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said it is "only a matter of time" before same-sex marriage is introduced in Northern Ireland, as he attended a gay Pride event in Belfast.
Colm Kelpie Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has laid out his "practical solutions" aimed at ensuring that there is no hard border on the island. Options include the formation of a customs union between the UK and...
Editorial The Brexiteers have dug a deep hole in the heart of Europe, and the British government has been looking into it for 14 months. At some point, those responsible must dispense with the shovels and start building ladders.
Colm Kelpie The onus is on those pushing for a hard Brexit to convince the public that an economic border post Brexit is in their interests, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said, in his first official visit to the north.
Here's a look at what it says in the business papers of today's newspapers:
Niall O'Connor Cuts to income tax for middle-income earners, an increase in the State pension and hikes to child benefit are all on the table ahead of the Budget.
Editorial Differentiating between those who take a dismal or upbeat view of the world is a science in itself. Some argue a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, while an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Seen through the prism of Brexit, it is all too easy to tell the two apart in these islands. While...
Niall O'Connor DUP leader Arlene Foster has hit out at what she described as "unhelpful" remarks by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the issue of Brexit.
Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan Fianna Fáil has issued a series of fresh demands ahead of October's Budget as fears grow internally that the party is set to be outflanked by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the upcoming negotiations.
DUP leader Arlene Foster has said the Taoiseach needs to accept that Brexit is going to happen.
Niall O'Connor Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has shot down accusations by the DUP that he is engaging in "megaphone" politics over the issue of Brexit as the diplomatic row between Dublin and Belfast intensified.
Niall O'Connor TDs who failed to settle their Dáil bar bills should have the money deducted from their salaries or pensions, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Niall O'Connor and Gavin White Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned farmers they will get no preferential treatment over other business owners ahead of the planned overhaul of the State's Nursing Home Support Scheme.
Niall O’Connor POLITICIANS who have failed to settle their Dáil bar bills should have the money deducted from their salaries or pensions, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Conor Kane Taoiseach Leo Varadkar still hopes that the UK will pull back from the Brexit precipice, saying that part of his remit is to "keep the door open" for our neighbours.
Conor Kane Both the Taoiseach and the Tanaiste have said that the Sunday Times have taken the right action in apologising and dropping Kevin Myers following his controversial column on Sunday.
Michael McHugh Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's latest intervention on Brexit is motivated by politicking for domestic purposes, the DUP has claimed.
The Irish Government's latest intervention on Brexit is motivated by politicking for domestic purposes, the DUP claimed.
Eoin O'Malley Some 73.6pc of statistics are made up. I just made that one up. When we're in a pub, precise data can magically appear in our head and we sound very knowledgeable, until challenged.
Eoghan Harris Saturday in Skibbereen market is no place for souls seeking solitude. For locals and blow-ins, this is a meet-and-greet market, followed by the fast West Cork dismissal - "I'll let you go so" - when you are sucked dry.
Kevin Doyle It appears Leo Varadkar has been bingeing on his 'Love Actually' DVD again. Towards the end of the 14-year-old movie there's a scene where the British prime minister (Hugh Grant) and the US...
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has strongly hinted he would back Michael D Higgins for a second term as President.
Ireland will not help Britain design an economic border for Brexiteers, premier Leo Varadkar said.
Kevin Doyle Group Political Editor Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned that Ireland will not play any role in creating a border between the North and the Republic.
Cormac McQuinn, Colm Kelpie & PA reporters FORMER Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said that “no realistic solution” has been put forward in relation to the border with Northern Ireland and that “pigs will fly” if Brexit negotiations are wrapped up...
John Downing On January 15, 1999, Ireland's then-EU commissioner, Pádraig 'Pee' Flynn, went into the national confession box - otherwise known as the 'Late Late Show' - and proceeded to make an utter hames of...
Niall O'Connor TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has been accused of 'plucking statistics from the air' after he claimed that 70 per cent of the public are middle class.
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made his final appearance on 'Tonight with Vincent Browne' giving a revealing interview to the veteran broadcaster.
Kevin Doyle and Ryan Nugent THE problems in housing and health will not be solved in the lifetime of this government, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Kevin Doyle and Ryan Nugent The problems in housing and health will not be solved in the lifetime of this government, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Paul Moran This latest Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown Poll, conducted up until Friday, captured the public mood as the Dail broke up for the summer recess for the first time under the...
Kevin Doyle Leo Varadkar doesn't want to "do a Theresa May" but he has begun planning for an election.
John Downing It was a week dominated by those two old familiar political bugbears - water charges and Garda scandals - which played a big role in Fine Gael not being re-elected in February 2016.
Kevin Doyle and Cormac McQuinn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has backed Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan amid growing disquiet over her decision to go on holiday at the height of the crisis over the finances at Templemore Training...
Cormac McQuinn TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has questioned two key findings of the Public Accounts Committee's report on serious financial irregularities at the Garda Training College in Templemore.
Dan O'Brien The slowing down of the news cycle around this time of year is often called the silly season. The media in high summer can sometimes be silly. But the break can also be an opportunity for...
Catherine O'Mahony I imagine our nimble new leader Leo Varadkar is delighted with himself for being so perkily decisive on the topic of Irish Water. We are all to get refunds of the charges we paid. We're even getting...
Cillian Sherlock Minimum wage will increase by 30c per hour from the start of 2018, based on recommendations from the Low Pay Commission.
Kevin Doyle and Cormac McQuinn Families are set to make a profit off the ill-fated water charges after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted it will be "extremely difficult" to deduct the €100 conservation grant from refunds.
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has indicated it will be “very difficult” to deduct the €100 conservation grant from refunds issued to households that paid water charges.
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hit out at "cowardly" social media users who abuse people using "the cloak of anonymity".
Independent.ie Newsdesk Almost one million households will be given water charge refunds within weeks, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has promised.
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has issued a staunch defence of embattled Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan two days before the publication of what is expected to be a damning review of her handling of the Garda Training College controversy.
Editorial Since the financial crisis, Ireland's love affair with property has waned but this is still a nation of property owners, and aspiring owners, many within the middle classes. There is little doubt the crisis threatened the security of the middle class, a threat which has still not fully receded; however, after the crisis there is now...
Kevin Doyle Water charge refunds will be paid to almost one million households within weeks, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has promised in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Independent.
Kevin Doyle As Taoiseach, Enda Kenny operated a revolving mantelpiece in his office, often changing the photographs on display depending on which international politician was in town.
Niall O'Connor The business and marketing guru behind the Wild Atlantic Way, The Gathering, Ireland 2016 and Creative Ireland is being hired by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
John Downing Wednesday afternoons have a special quality at Leinster House while the Dáil is in session. Just after lunch, a sense of peace descends as those on the Government side feel assured they've survived...
Niall O'Connor The Government is considering the introduction of a tax break for publicans who agree to ferry their customers home after a night out, the Irish Independent can reveal.
Jason Kennedy Leo Varadkar has become the fourth Taoiseach to make the front page of Time magazine.
Niall O'Connor Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has whipped his team of ministers of State into voting for Shane Ross's controversial drink driving bill.
Cormac McQuinn FIANNA Fáil leader Micheál Martin has slammed the delivery of the government's plans for rural broadband as "shambolic".
Niall O'Connor and Kevin Doyle A fresh Cabinet stand-off is on the cards over controversial new drink-driving laws.
Kevin Doyle Older people can look forward to a hike in their pension next year that exceeds increases in the cost of living, the Irish Independent can reveal.
Niall O'Connor TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar and his team of Fine Gael ministers have discussed the need for the party to step up its preparation ahead of the next general election.
Kathy Armstrong Ibrahim Halawa's sister has said that she hopes Taoiseach Leo Varadkar can help free him but she finds it hard to stay positive.
John Downing A reasonably good week overall - and I look forward to talking to you again next week. That was the closing sentence in a message from our new Taoiseach in his new weekly video to the nation.
Cormac McQuinn Jim Daly has been given a difficult brief in the difficult Department of Health. It's just over two weeks since he was given responsibility for mental health and older people by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar,...
Editorial Here's a message for new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: you need more than a pair of novelty socks to win the nation's confidence and regard. Today, just four days short of a calendar month since he was elected to the highest office in the land, Mr Varadkar is delivered a stark message.
Brendan O'Connor Is it a distraction from policy? That is the question on the lips of people who are serious about politics. The socks, the Love Actually, even the jogging. Should our Taoiseach not be a more serious man? Like his idols, the men who presided over other great leaps forward, Lemass and Collins.
Sarah Caden We're not supposed to dwell on Leo as being part of two minorities, but parents of children with disability dare to feel hope when someone like him is at the helm.
Jody Corcoran The Government will this week announce a "significant ramping up" of spending on Ireland's infrastructure to allow it to bring forward long-delayed projects like Dublin Metro, the Sunday Independent...
Kirsty Blake Knox Well, it's not going to win an IFTA for production design.
Ralph Riegel Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's extraordinary intervention over the Jobstown trial may have prejudiced a number of other criminal cases due to be heard in the coming weeks, Fianna Fáil has alleged.
Kirsty Blake Knox Taoiseach Leo Varadkar issued his first weekly video address this evening.
Ryan Nugent, Kevin Doyle and Robin Schiller Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wants the review into the Jobstown trial to examine the testimony given by gardaí who appeared on the witness stand.
Gavin White Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has fought back at suggestions that his new social welfare anti-fraud campaign is a hate campaign.
Kevin Doyle Plans for the abolition of the Universal Social Charge (USC) have been formally dropped by the Government, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said.
Kevin Doyle Leo Varadkar has set a target of increasing Fine Gael's female representation in the Dáil to 20, after declaring himself a feminist.
By Taylor Heyman Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar kept things light-hearted during a visit from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, wearing a fun pair of socks to show his fondness for Canada.
Cormac McQuinn TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said he thinks Joan Burton and her adviser Karen O'Connell were "terrorised" during the Jobstown protest.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is setting a target for 20 women to win seats for Fine Gael in the next election.
Canada and Ireland should cash in on Brexit and Donald Trump's US presidency by encouraging people and businesses to relocate, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has said.
Kevin Doyle A trade deal between Europe and Canada will damage Irish agriculture and put the State at risk of being sued, it has been claimed.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who has been criticised for not appointing more female ministers, has made a donation to a campaign aimed at boosting participation by women in politics.
Allison Bray Leo Varadkar doesn't appear to be rocking this lobster as he gets to grips with a feisty crustacean at the Seafest 2017 maritime festival in Galway at the weekend.
Philip Ryan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar plans to unveil cuts to the Universal Social Charge aimed at the working middle class in the next Budget in defiance of stark warnings from the European Commission about...
Mark O'Regan Pro-life campaigners have vowed to dramatically ratchet up their campaign as the countdown to next year's abortion referendum gets under way.
John Downing "I for one would prefer to pay for the rubbish I produce with the incentive of paying less if I recycle and reduce."
Independent.ie Newsdesk Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said it was never his intention to leave US President Donald Trump hanging on the phone for 90 seconds.
Kevin Doyle and Colm Kelpie Tax cuts for hard-working families will trump social welfare increases in next year's budget, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has indicated.
Kevin Doyle Fine Gael ministers and TDs have hit out at problems in the schools bus network, warning Taoiseach Leo Varadkar they will be "crucified" in September.
John Downing Members of the Irish Defence Forces are so badly paid that they are falling into debt and their families live in despair, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told the Dáil.
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said it was never his intention to leave US President Donald Trump hanging on the phone for 90 seconds.
Niall O'Connor Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has come under fire over the ongoing controversy involving the corporate watchdog.
John Downing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has strongly defended a new law fundamentally changing how judges are appointed.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Newly elected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is scheduled to speak with US president Donald Trump for the first time today.
Sarah Collins Although Brexit talks have finally started, the focus has so far been on sketching a deal on citizens' rights and the EU budget, with little clarity about solutions for the Irish Border.
Fionnán Sheahan Leo Varadkar is a narcissist.
Philip Ryan and Wayne O'Connor Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is facing a major headache as a serious confrontation threatens to break out between his Government and the judiciary.
Jody Corcoran On the longest, hottest day of the year, Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin went head- to-head in the Dail and in the supercharged atmosphere of midsummer, a form of truth emerged.
Philip Ryan The Taoiseach was never going to keep everyone happy. There were a couple of TDs with their noses out of joint after Leo Varadkar announced his conservative Cabinet reshuffle - but most kept...
Eoghan Harris Let's hope Leo Varadkar was listening to his colleague Brian Hayes MEP speaking to Shane Coleman on Newstalk last Friday.
Philip Ryan A specialist unit will be created in the offices of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to tackle white-collar crime under government plans to crack down on financial and corporate fraud.
Philip Ryan Sacked Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor will not be reprimanded by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar over her attack on the lack of diversity in his Government, the Sunday Independent has learned.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Taoiseach Leo Varadkar celebrated the impact of The Ireland Funds with Prince Albert II of Monaco on Friday evening.
Niall O'Connor Fianna Fáil's most senior TDs have launched a stinging attack on new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as the fallout from the appointment of Máire Whelan to the Court of Appeal continues.
Newly elected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said his Government is working to achieve a country where people are rewarded for "work and persistence".
John Downing, Niall O'Connor and Sarah Collins Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says his Cabinet is very diverse as it features people from all across Ireland, different religions and members of the LGBT community.
Martina Devlin 'PLEASE, sir, I want some more," says Oliver Twist, empty bowl in hand, addressing the workhouse master.
Independent.ie Newsdesk TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar was "thrilled" by his first visit to 10 Downing Street earlier this week, and the country's new leader appeared to be equally enthused by a private meeting with...
John Downing and Sarah Collins Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has reached out to Fianna Fáil and pledged to do more over the coming weeks to mend relations between the two parties.
John Downing and Sarah Collins Ireland's long-standing military neutrality is no obstacle to maximum co-operation with the EU and others in fighting international terrorism, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Dearbhail McDonald and Samantha McCaughren Minister of State Mary Mitchell O'Connor launched a broadside at Taoiseach Leo Varadkar by insisting that the Government is "not leading by example" on the diversity cause.
John Downing, Brussels Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has reached out to Fianna Fáil and pledged to do more over the coming weeks to mend relations between the two parties.
Editorial 'What would men be without women?" Mark Twain was once asked. His answer was: "Scarce, sir, very scarce." Such lucid logic could not be applied to Leinster House, where there is no scarcity of men in the line-up of junior ministers announced by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, but there is an obvious paucity of females.
Cormac McQuinn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's promotion of three TDs to the ranks of junior ministers has left chairperson vacancies to fill on Oireachtas committees.
Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan Several Fine Gael Cabinet members believe Máire Whelan's controversial appointment to the Court of Appeal will result in the party crashing out of Government.
Denise Calnan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stands, with a big grin and his arms outstretched, in the front page photograph of the Irish Independent today. It’s the day after he chose his junior ministers at...
Cormac McQuinn TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said he's "not happy" with the pace of reform in the Gardaí, but insisted he still has confidence in Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan.
Niall O'Connor TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has accused Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of casting aspersions on the "competence, capacity and suitability" of newly-appointed judge Máire Whelan.
Philip Ryan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar faces accusations from his own party members of surrounding himself with "a bunch of lads in suits" after he failed to promote women during his junior minister reshuffle.
John Downing It is impossible to overstate the problems facing senior management at An Garda Síochána right now. We can list abuses of the penalty points system, unwarranted road traffic prosecutions, up to a...
Niall O'Connor, Philip Ryan and John Downing Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has been warned the party's grassroots are "champing at the bit" to bring down the Fine Gael-led Government.
Catherine O'Mahony Because it's 2015.
Shane Coleman The controversy over Máire Whelan's appointment brings to mind Mary Harney's famous line about the worst days in government being better than the best days in opposition.
John Downing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged to fast-track a new law for the independent appointment of judges – and also promised other changes to avoid a repeat over the current bitter row on the issue.
John Downing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been taken to task for citing the movie “Love Actually” during his first visit to the British Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street.
Philip Ryan and Niall O'Connor TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has again opted for a conservative reshuffle by promoting just five backbench TDs to the ranks of Minister of State.
Niall O’Connor and Philip Ryan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sacked European Affairs Minister Dara Murphy, telling the Cork North Central TD he had to "look after those who supported me."
John Downing There are days when things come together in a funny way to remind us that we are, after all, a small country fighting for space and a share of the action in a noisy and complex world.
Cormac McQuinn and Niall O'Connor Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has raised the prospect of the UK dramatically rowing back on its decision to leave the European Union.
Niall O'Connor Just over 12 months ago, Enda Kenny appointed a 'junior team' that ensured the longevity of his political career.
Ian O'Doherty For all the talk of the so-called era of 'new politics' we're supposed to have entered, it seems more a case of here comes the new politics, same as the old politics. The squabbling remains, the...
Cormac McQuinn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he would prefer that his first week in office had not been affected by controversy over the appointment of Máire Whelan to the Court of Appeal.
Cormac McQuinn It's almost as if he expected Martine McCutcheon to come walking in with her tea trolley.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Amy Huberman has tweeted a hilarious similarity between the new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and her husband Brian O'Driscoll.
Cormac McQuinn LEO Varadkar could not contain his enthusiasm for his first overseas trip as Taoiseach and spoke of his "thrill" at being in 10 Downing Street, the location for Christmas-movie staple Love Actually.
Ireland's new premier Leo Varadkar said he wants to renew the close bond with the UK ahead of talks with Theresa May in Downing Street.
John Downing Today, just five days after his election as Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar travels to London to meet British Prime Minister Theresa May.
John Downing Once the scourge of cronyism, Shane Ross now appears to tend more towards the view that "it's only cronyism when the 'other crowd' do it".
Ian Begley Jailed Irishman Ibrahim Halawa has written a heartfelt letter to Leo Varadkar, expressing how his appointment as Taoiseach has given him a new-found hope of returning to Ireland.
Dan O'Brien When a new leader takes office, there is always a sense of optimism that he or she can bring about change and betterment. That is all the more so in the case of a young leader.
Maeve Sheehan Enda Kenny fired his parting shot at the end of his final Cabinet meeting as Taoiseach. He is believed to have primed his Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, shortly before the meeting began.
Jody Corcoran Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe yesterday delivered a strong attack on "Irish populism" and outlined some detail of what Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meant when he said he would lead a Government of the "new European centre".
Jody Corcoran and Mark O'Regan Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has significantly increased pressure on the former Attorney General Maire Whelan to withdraw from her proposed appointment to the Court of Appeal, stating last night that she should "consider her position".
Jody Corcoran In 20 years of reporting on the formation of governments, I have yet to witness an occasion when all have been entirely pleased with the choices made by any Taoiseach.
Brendan O'Connor The first major public inquiry of the Varadkar era has been established after the Government caved in last night and agreed to institute the Who's In Charge Now Commission of Inquiry 2017.
Philip Ryan Michael Ring didn't know what to do. He was hopeful of a Cabinet appointment but didn't want to be over-confident. At 10.30am on Wednesday he was dithering over whether to tell his wife Anne to get the last train to Dublin which left Westport, Co Mayo at 1pm.
Brendan O'Connor The strange thing is that, traditionally, people are thought not to like change. There is a whole industry based around helping people with the difficulty of change. Organisations pay millions to...
Niamh Horan It has been a tough, tough week for Mary Mitchell O'Connor. She was caught in the maelstrom of Leo Varadkar's Cabinet reshuffle at a time when she was still coming to terms with the loss of her...
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