Varadkar should be ashamed by abortion vote - Mary T Sweeney
Michael McHughTHE leader of the No campaign in the only constituency to vote against abortion reform has said Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar should be ashamed.
Leo Varadkar is an Irish politician who has served as the leader of political party Fine Gael and Taoiseach of Ireland since June 2017.
Michael McHughTHE leader of the No campaign in the only constituency to vote against abortion reform has said Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar should be ashamed.
Kevin DoyleSimon Harris was never supposed to be health minister - twice. Ironically he got...
Kevin DoyleTHREE years ago Ireland made global headlines after becoming the first...
Kevin DoyleTaoiseach Leo Varadkar described the referendum result as a “quiet...
Laura LarkinTaoiseach Leo Varadkar has moved to distance his party from Sinn Féin amid...
Kevin Doyle A silent No vote is the only thing that can derail attempts to repeal the Eighth Amendment as the country goes to the polls.
Philip Ryan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last night insisted Fine Gael would not celebrate if the electorate voted in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment.
John Downing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has appealed to employers to “show flexibility” to workers who want to travel to their home base to vote in Friday’s referendum.
Wayne O’Connor Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has dismissed Dáil questions today on proposals cancer victim Emma Mhic Mhathuna would meet him to help choreograph the CervicalCheck scandal in the Government’s...
Shona Murray Leo Varadkar claims protocol around the office of the Taoiseach is why he won't take part in a debate on the Eighth Amendment referendum with those on the opposing side.
Philip Ryan and Breda Heffernan Cancer victim Emma Mhic Mhathuna has reacted angrily to a proposal that she would meet the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and help "choreograph" the CervicalCheck scandal "in the Government's...
Dan O’Brien Import taxes on Brazilian beef and New Zealand butter will be the same in Ireland and Britain on January 1, 2021 as they were the day before. They will not diverge, if they ever diverge, for some...
Cormac McQuinn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been targeted by the No side as the abortion referendum enters its final days.
Cormac McQuinn TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has insisted that the government's proposed to allow terminations is not abortion "on demand".
Cormac McQuinn FIANNA Fáil leader Micheál Martin has warned that the government shouldn’t try to “muzzle” the Public Accounts Committee in its probe of the cervical screening scandal.
Laura Larkin Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will not be taking part in any debates in the run-up to the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
Wayne O'Connor Israel’s ambassador to Ireland will not be expelled after troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters yesterday.
Laura Larkin TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has defended his performance in the abortion referendum campaign, noting he has a "busy job".
Cormac McQuinn TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has defended the government’s response to the cervical screening scandal.
Laura Lynott TERMINALLY ill mother Emma Mhic Mhathúna has accused the Taoiseach of “crying for himself” and not the “mothers, dying or dead” or their children left behind.
Eoghan Harris Micheal Martin has a working moral compass and always acts with good authority: he tells the truth, about women's issues like abortion and cervical cancer, about Brexit, and the dangers of a deal...
Jody Corcoran The Government's handling of the cervical cancer scandal has exposed a fatal flaw at the heart of Leo Varadkar's administration.
Laura Larkin Public servants may get fewer pay rises next year if the Government agrees to reverse cuts for recent recruits, the Taoiseach has warned.
Laura Larkin TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has been included in the World Economic Forum’s list of 100 of the world’s “brightest” leaders under 40.
John Downing TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said that people deemed responsible for shortcomings in the cancer smear test debacle may lose their jobs.
Jody Corcoran On the North Strand, in Dublin's north inner city last Friday morning, a woman gets on the bus. She is, maybe, 50. She stands beside a friend already on board. By the by, she says she does "not know...
Cormac McQuinn Independent TD Seán Canney has insisted his continued support of the Fine Gael-led minority Government is not dependent on him getting a position that comes with a top-up payment.
Cormac McQuinn, Ralph Riegel and Laura Lynott TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Simon Harris have been warned they are "not simply observers" in the cervical cancer screening scandal as they appeared to seek to shift the focus of...
Cormac McQuinn TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said it has been a "dreadful" week for the health service and is not ruling out a public inquiry into the cervical cancer scandal.
Kevin Doyle The chairman of a US firm which recently added embattled HSE chief Tony O'Brien to its board hosted a secret fundraising supper as part of Leo Varadkar's campaign to become Taoiseach.
Kathy Armstrong THE widower of a young mother who died from cancer after a smear test was clear said he is "angry and saddened" that her diagnosis may have been delayed because of the cervical cancer...
John Downing and Eilish O'Regan THERE will be a redress scheme for women who have been hit by the cervical cancer test scandal – but payments must await the result of a statutory inquiry, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Kevin Doyle Attempts to legislate for the protection of journalistic sources will be complicated by three distinct problems, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he initially thought the Twitter account of Lord Kilclooney – who called him a “typical Indian” – was a parody.
John Downing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has utterly rejected calls to sack the Health Service Executive boss, Tony O’Brien, in the wake of the cancer misdiagnosis scandal.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Former Ulster Unionist deputy leader Lord Kilclooney has denied being racist after calling the Taoiseach a "typical Indian".
Jody Corcoran With relations between Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin growing more strained by the day, the debate has moved on from whether the 'confidence and supply' deal will be renewed to when the...
Kevin Doyle Group Political Editor FINE Gael TDs have been told to ramp up attacks on Fianna Fáil even though such a move is likely to move the country closer to a general election.
Kevin Doyle Fine Gael TDs have been told to ramp up attacks on Fianna Fáil even though such a move is likely to bring the country closer to a general election.
Jody Corcoran When Leo Varadkar went to work last Friday morning his advisers could be forgiven for beating him over the head with a copy of his 'Marking the Anniversary of the Republic' speech delivered two...
Philip Ryan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is digging in behind Denis Naughten and insisting the under-fire minister will be free to rule on future media mergers despite mounting questions over his judgment.
Wayne O'Connor The Taoiseach has defended Health Minister Simon Harris for endorsing a Yes vote campaign organised by a group refusing to obey an order by a State watchdog to repay a prohibited donation.
Kevin Doyle Fine Gael ministers have been told to start playing Fianna Fáil "at its own game" amid growing expectation that an election is on the horizon.
Cormac McQuinn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said a national celebration should be considered to mark the 75th anniversary of the 1949 Declaration of the Republic.
Kevin Doyle Communications Minister Denis Naughten did not give any confidential information to a lobbyist acting for Independent News & Media, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted.
Eoghan Harris For the past six months I regularly predicted a Fine Gael-Sinn Fein coalition - and will prove that claim further on.
Brendan O'Connor There was a fascinating story about Leo Varadkar in the Indo last Tuesday that kind of went under the radar. So Leo is doing some market research among his party members. He wants to understand them better, and see how they feel about things. They are, he tells them, "the heart and soul of our party, and, as someone who...
David Raleigh One-in-10 people is waiting for a hospital appointment as outpatient lists have soared to a record high of 504,111.
Wayne O'Connor Taoiseach Leo Varadkar criticised an anti-repeal campaign group who used an edited video of him talking about abortion.
Kim Bielenberg Fianna Fáil TDs could be forgiven if they find their present co-existence with Leo Varadkar's Fine Gael government an irksome and humiliating experience.
Wayne O'Connor and David Raleigh Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has met with senior management as concern grows that US sanctions on Russia will have an impact on 450 jobs at Aughinish Alumina.
Kevin Doyle, Wayne O'Connor and Cormac McQuinn Fine Gael minister Jim Daly has put votes at risk by undermining the Taoiseach's opposition to working with Sinn Féin, colleagues believe.
Cormac McQuinn TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has condemned the use of use of chemical weapons as "abhorrent" said that a suspected attack in Syria must be fully investigated.
Kevin Doyle A Fine Gael minister is facing a backlash after raising the prospect of the party entering government with Sinn Féin.
Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is asking Fine Gael members to rate his ministers' performances on key issues including justice, health and housing.
Jody Corcoran It must cross Micheal Martin's mind these days that had he accepted Enda Kenny's offer of an 'equal partnership' Grand Coalition in 2016 he could reasonably expect to be Taoiseach this year.
Cormac McQuinn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was "wrong" to drop an application for European funding for roads and rail in the West when he was transport minister, Independent Alliance TD Seán Canney has said.
Shona Murray Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said Leo Varadkar "can nearly do anything" he wants despite leading a minority Government relying on the goodwill of Fianna Fáil.
Cormac McQuinn Minister Josepha Madigan has been appointed to coordinate Fine Gael efforts to repeal the Eighth Amendment.
Donal Lynch It felt strange to hear Leo Varadkar, that unabashed champion of the middle class, take what sounded like such a strong stance on homelessness last week. What an unsexy, un-Instagrammable,...
Jody Corcoran Now that Leo Varadkar's spin unit is to be no more, Fianna Fail's problems are at an end, right? That is the logic which follows the heavy concentration of political firepower on the unit since its ill-considered conception.
Shona Murray The Taoiseach urged the EU to release a stronger statement against Russia during an EU summit, after hearing corroborating evidence from French intelligence of Russian culpability to the Salisbury attack.
Cormac McQuinn TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has admitted that the latest figures showing the number of people in homelessness approaching 10,000 are "extremely disturbing".
Cormac McQuinn A PROMINENT Fianna Fáil TD quizzed Taosieach Leo Varadkar about the status of the Confidence and Supply deal with Fine Gael, joking that his own party leader Micheál Martin "doesn't talk to me".
Kevin Doyle TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar risked affecting the rugby rape trial by referencing it in a radio discussion on the abortion referendum.
Cormac McQuinn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is scrapping his new communications unit, despite a review finding that its staff did not breach civil service rules.
Jody Corcoran and Cormac McQuinn Leo Varadkar was forced to intervene on Friday night to calm a furious Cabinet row after the Attorney General described proposed new laws to appoint judges as a "dog's dinner" and "unconstitutional".
Independent.ie Newsdesk The UK should stay as close as possible to the EU after Brexit, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
John Downing Britain will not get any new trade deal with the EU without resolving the Irish Border crux, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted.
Shona Murray A withdrawal treaty including any Irish border deal will have to be agreed by October, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned.
Kevin Doyle and Shona Murray The Sinn Féin leadership is under increasing pressure to sack Senator Máire Devine for retweeting a post describing IRA murder victim Brian Stack as a "sadist prison officer".
Wayne O'Connor and Kevin Doyle Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hit out at opposition figures who have been critical of his controversial communications unit, saying they are "slinging mud in the hope some of it will stick".
Shona Murray Chancellor Angela Merkel said Ireland can “rely” on Germany for “unconditional” support during Brexit negotiations.
Philip Ryan US Representative Peter King did not join the applauding crowd when Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described how honoured he was to attend the Gay Pride festival in Belfast last year.
Eilis O'Hanlon Donald Trump is president of the United States. That might seem an obvious remark, but it's becoming increasingly bizarre how hard that simple fact seems to be for some people to accept. In Ireland, it...
Philip Ryan Everyone lets their hair down when they go on holidays.
Jason O'Brien TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said he did speak "privately" to American Vice President Mike Pence around the issues of equality and LGBT rights.
Independent.ie Newsdesk DONALD Trump made another call to Ireland in a bid to shore up support for his objections to proposals for a wind farm near his luxury Clare golf course - but his offer of help was "politely...
Philip Ryan and Jason O'Brien in Washington DC US VICE President Mike Pence told Taoiseach Leo Varadkar his partner Matt Barrett would be welcome in his home should he decide to attend the next year’s St Patrick’s Day visit to the US.
Philip Ryan Vice President Mike Pence refused to answer questions about his media ban or marriage equality when he met Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today.
Kathy Armstrong and Philip Ryan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar "did nothing inappropriate" and "did not influence" the planning application of a wind farm after he was contacted by Donald Trump, a Fine Gael Senator has claimed.
Philip Ryan and Allison Bray A company which lost out after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s controversial intervention in the planning process now says it is “reviewing” its case.
Philip Ryan in Washington International trade relations was the divisive issue everyone awkwardly danced around during Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s much-anticipated visit to the White House. US President Donald...
By Michelle Devane, in Washington DC, David Young and Michael McHugh, Press Association The Taoiseach has said he wants to “do a deal” with President Donald Trump on a solution for Ireland’s “undocumented” citizens living in the US.
Philip Ryan in Washington DC and Kevin Doyle TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar is under increasing pressure to explain the details of a call he made on behalf of Donald Trump to a local authority over a proposal to build a wind farm near the...
Jason O'Brien in Washington US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has said he is now "fast friends" with Leo Varadkar, despite only meeting him for the first time on Thursday.
Philip Ryan in Washington DC Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he would prefer that his much-anticipated meeting with US President Mike Pence was not held behind in private.
Jason O'Brien and Philip Ryan in Washington Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken about his meeting with Donald Trump and said he believes the US President will be "very much on our side" in working towards ensuring there is no hard border...
Jason O’Brien in Washington DC The Taoiseach has issued a rallying call for the ‘American Dream’ ahead of his meeting with US President Donald Trump today, saying the dream of freedom, opportunity and hope for all citizens –...
Jason O'Brien and Philip Ryan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will invite Donald Trump to Ireland when he meets the US president today - and will congratulate him on emulating Ireland's tax system.
Philip Ryan The much-anticipated meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US vice president Mike Pence will be held behind closed doors.
Jason O'Brien in Washington DC TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said he will invite Donald Trump to Ireland when he meets the US President - and will congratulate him on emulating Ireland's tax system.
Jason O’Brien in Washington DC THEY say diplomacy is the art of soothingly saying “Nice doggy” until you can find a rock.
There aren’t many countries that get to hold their national celebration in other people’s countries. It’s like forcing your neighbour to host your birthday party, even though they will be cleaning green hair dye and sick off their sofa for a month.
Philip Ryan TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has said he is “appalled” by the alleged poisoning of a Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.
Philip Ryan TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has warned there can be “no upside” to Britain leaving the EU.
Philip Ryan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited the site of the infamous assassination of John F Kennedy in Dallas, Texas.
Philip Ryan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced a new scholarship programme which will allow people from the Choctaw Nation study in Ireland.
Philip Ryan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is concerned Irish whiskey could be targeted as part of the escalating trade war between the US and the EU.
Cormac McQuinn and Philip Ryan There are serious doubts over whether legislation to allow abortions up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy will pass a Dáil vote amid ongoing uncertainty on where a sizeable chunk of TDs stand on the proposal.
Philip Ryan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he is concerned Irish whiskey could be targeted as part of the escalating trade war between the US and the EU.
Philip Ryan TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar believes he can have laws allowing unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy in place before the end of the year if the forthcoming referendum passes.
Philip Ryan TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar did not raise LGBT rights during an official meeting with staunchly conservative Texas Governor Greg Abbott when they met in Austin today.
David Young THE Taoiseach will later begin his St Patrick's trip to the US with a series of engagements in Texas.
Philip Ryan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will tell US President Donald Trump that Ireland should become America's "Bridge to Europe" when Britain eventually leaves the EU.
Philip Ryan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's first official visit to the White House comes at a time of especially strained relations between the US and the EU.
Cormac McQuinn A former Fine Gael leader has advised Leo Varadkar to “stay away from the Twitter machine” following posts by the Taoiseach this morning.
Wayne O'Connor The Government is considering putting an age limit on smartphone use as it looks to clamp down on the dangerous role social media can play in the lives of vulnerable young people.
Wayne O'Connor Leo Varadkar says he has been assured that all State agencies involved in the investigation of an alleged paedophile ring acted in "accordance with procedure".
Philip Ryan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will visit the Choctaw nation in Oklahoma during his St Patrick’s Day visit to the US and thank the tribe for the financial support they provided to the Irish people during the...
Michael McHugh European Council president Donald Tusk is in Ireland on Thursday to meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Wayne O'Connor Spinmaster-come-Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is trying to lure voters into his very own Dragon’s Den.
Cormac McQuinn and Kevin Doyle The Dáil erupted in a furious row over the Government's Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar came under mounting pressure to disband the controversy-struck PR operation.
Kevin Doyle TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has reacted angrily to complaints that he didn’t invite Opposition TDs to accompany him to be briefed on Storm Emma in Wexford, saying: “Upsetting the egos of...
Kevin Doyle TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has gone on the attack over criticism of the Strategic Communications Unit, accusing Michaél Martin of being “venomous” towards him.
Wayne O’Connor Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to disband the government’s Strategic Communications Unit because of concerns about the politicisation of the civil service.
Kevin Doyle Pressure on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to scrap the €5m Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) in his department is set to rise further when the Dáil returns this week.
Conor Kane Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken of his fear that people could be found “dead in their homes” in isolated areas in the coming days as a result of the weather.
Alan O'Keeffe Road travel and public transport services are expected slowly to get back to normal as the thaw continues.
Jody Corcoran If Leo Varadkar thinks he has weathered the storm, he is mistaken. The snow will melt, but there will be further consequences to his 'spin' unit's promotion of the national development plan.
Philip Ryan The Government should dramatically re-examine Ireland's position as a neutral country and build stronger military ties with other EU states, according to a radical new Fine Gael policy document.
Well, that was a memorable week. Some scary parts, many quiet acts of kindness and heroism, and a whole lot of dedicated public service.
Arj Singh Jacob Rees-Mogg has accused Ireland and the European Union of risking a "no deal" Brexit with their "absurd" suggestion that Northern Ireland should be in a common regulatory area with...
By Arj Singh, Press Association Political Correspondent Jacob Rees-Mogg has accused Ireland and the European Union of risking a “no deal” Brexit with their “absurd” suggestion that Northern Ireland should be in a common regulatory area with Brussels to avoid a hard border on the island.
Cormac McQuinn Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry has defied party leader Micheál Martin and is standing over claims that the Government's launch of its €116bn spending plan was "Goebbels-style".
Kevin Doyle A general review of the Government's Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) has been ordered after a week of controversy over advertorials for Project Ireland 2040.
Kevin Doyle A general review of the Government’s Strategic Communications Unit has been ordered in the week of controversy over advertorials for Project Ireland 2040.
Anne-Marie Walsh Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a blanket instruction to employers to shut up shop was not appropriate as the ‘Beast from the East’ worsened, but he urged everyone to put safety first.
John Downing Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald has welcomed the EU Commission's backing for no return to a hard Border after Brexit.
Cormac McQuinn and John Downing TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has hit out at opposition politicians for comparing communication of the government's €116bn spending plan to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.
John Downing It seems that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's 'bullet-proof' Brexit Border guarantee has survived the final Brussels edit - but that moves Theresa May closer to the firing squad.
John Downing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hit back at criticisms of a taxpayer-funded publicity campaign for the €116bn National Development Plan (NDP).
John Downing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar took the time for a special Dáil announcement about the national response to the expected cold snap.
Cormac McQuinn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the promotion of the Project Ireland 2040 plan, insisting there was no instruction from Government officials to newspaper editors to "blur the line" between news and advertising.
Cormac McQuinn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has urged people to pay close attention to weather warnings warning: “the ‘Beast from the East’ is coming our way”.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar should show political leadership and revoke the free vote his TDs have been given on abortion, should a referendum on supporting unrestricted abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy be passed.
There were two attacks on Leo Varadkar during the past week - one referring to his response to eviction-threatened homeowners as a "sick joke", the other describing as Thatcherite his 'welfare cheats cheat us all' campaign during the Fine Gael leadership contest.
John Downing It was breakfast time, so Leo Varadkar's food metaphors were probably unavoidable.
John Downing Leo Varadkar is on a high in the opinion polls. It would appear that he has cut a dash in his approach to Brexit and more generally his youth and vigour are well regarded by the public.
Eilish O'Regan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's recent comment that a figure of 6,300 children on the waiting list to see a psychologist amounted to a move in "the right direction" shows a worrying level of...
Colm Kelpie A DRAFT text of the withdrawal agreement between the UK and EU will be published within the next two weeks, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Kevin Doyle The Master of the High Court Edmund Honohan has claimed advice given to troubled mortgage holders by the Taoiseach was a "sick joke".
John Downing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has offered little comfort to those campaigning for a restoration of funding for pain-managing Versatis patches.
Kevin Doyle Further legal advice is needed on the wording of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment but May 25 remains the target date for voting, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Philip Ryan There is strong support in favour of a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, according to a poll.
Jody Corcoran There is a point at which a trend becomes an unstoppable momentum. Leo Varadkar is almost, but not quite, at that point. He will be soon though, if he keeps going like this. So Micheal...
It's online, you can find it without too much bother. And if you give it a fair read I'll bet you'll be convinced Project Ireland 2040 is more than just an election gimmick.
Jody Corcoran Fine Gael has increased its support by 10 points since the last general election and now has an eight-point lead over Fianna Fail, according to the latest Sunday Independent/Kantar Millward Brown opinion poll.
Kim Bielenberg The Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is the sort of chap whose idea of being casual is to wear a tweed jacket and tie at weekends, rather than his normal workaday double-breasted pinstripe suit.
Kevin Doyle It is time to "turn back on" the projects that had to be shelved during a lost decade, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Kevin Doyle IT’S going to be a tough day for Opposition TDs.
Cormac McQuinn DOES Fine Gael have a posh problem? It doesn't help when Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is snapped in full white-tie regalia among Vienna's high society at the glitzy Opera Ball.
Aoife Kelly Twitter is a tough crowd, especially when you're the Taoiseach.
Wayne O'Connor Former Tánaiste Joan Burton has branded the government a disgrace for not having more female representation in Stormont yesterday for talks on forming a Government in Northern Ireland.
Wayne O'Connor The Government has been accused of being complacent and unable to intervene in the rent crisis after a new report found people are paying record high rents.
Jody Corcoran Taoiseach Leo Varadkar intends to nominate former Ulster Farmers' Union president Ian Marshall to Seanad Eireann, the Sunday Independent has learnt.
Cormac McQuinn Concessions in trade talks to allow a larger influx of South American meat products into Europe would have "disastrous consequences" for the Irish beef industry on top of the "massive uncertainty" over...
Louise Kelly The British government need to make a decision on the relationship they want to have with the EU, the Taoiseach has said.
Cormac McQuinn Sinn Féin’s new leader Mary Lou McDonald has denied she will be Gerry Adams’s "puppet" and has insisted that the “IRA has gone away”.
Eilis O'Hanlon At the start of the year, it seemed impossible that the referendum on removing the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution might be lost.
Jody Corcoran It would be remiss not to congratulate Mary Lou McDonald on her election as President of Sinn Fein, as somebody who had twice predicted that this day would not come. Those predictions were...
Kevin Doyle The number of hospital referrals by individual family doctors should be monitored so that those who are over-reliant on hospitals can be persuaded to change their practice, according to Taoiseach Leo...
Cormac McQuinn Political Correspondent Sprechen sie Deutsch? Taosieach Leo Varadkar used a TV interview at a high society ball in Vienna to certainly make a stab at it and try out his German skills.
Cormac McQuinn Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has accused Sinn Féin of glorifying IRA violence and insisted Gerry Adams's departure as leader doesn't make the party any more acceptable as a future coalition partner.
Cormac McQuinn LEO Varadkar's stint as Europe's youngest leader didn't last long and this evening he met the man who took his place.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been accused of trying to “edit the news” in a bid bury problems in the health service.
Kevin Doyle No railway lines will be closed under his leadership, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil.
Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor No railways lines will close despite the need for massive investment, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted.
Kevin Doyle It's exactly two years ago since Enda Kenny called the General Election and set off to tell the country he would "Keep The Recovery Going".
Declan Lynch You don't find it creeping up on you. It is just a few weeks until St Patrick's Day, when the Taoiseach will be in the White House, and at some point in the proceedings it will be mentioned that...
Kevin Doyle It's exactly two years ago since Enda Kenny called the General Election and set off to tell the country he would "Keep The Recovery Going".
Dearbhail McDonald What Would Jesus Do? is the phrase much beloved of Christian youth groups that has spawned everything from bumper car stickers to bracelets, books, movies - and plenty of parody offshoots.
Shane Phelan Frances Fitzgerald may have been the one in the witness box at the Disclosures Tribunal this week, but to a certain extent Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's judgment was also on trial.
John Downing Leo Varadkar set resolving the abortion question as a key priority when elected Taoiseach on June 14 last.
Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor FIANNA Fáil has accused the Government engaging in the “type of hypocrisy that drives people mad” over its stance on pay restoration for hospice and other care workers.
John Mulligan In an unprecedented move Sinn Féin has congratulated Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for “showing leadership” on the planned abortion referendum.
Kevin Doyle and Shona Murray TÁNAISTE Simon Coveney is against unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks – but will support repealing the Eighth Amendment.
John Downing THE Taoiseach will today seek Cabinet approval for a referendum on the liberalisation of abortion, including termination any time up to 12 weeks.
Ed Brophy Seven years into his term as Taoiseach, as the Celtic Tiger moved into its catastrophic "boomier" phase, Bertie Ahern was vilified by the Left for suggesting that he was Ireland's only true socialist.
Gene Kerrigan Inevitably, when The Irish Times poll showed Leo Varadkar hitting 60pc approval, the alternative media struck back.
Philip Ryan Not a single day is allowed to pass without Taoiseach Leo Varadkar uploading a photograph of himself to one or all the many social media platforms he enjoys flooding with content.
Sean Nolan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he will campaign to liberalise Ireland's abortion laws.
Ivan Yates The underlying realities of Irish politics are shifting. 'New politics' is being replaced by a new narrative. The supply and confidence arrangements between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael were always...
Donal O'Donovan in Davos Taoiseach Leo Varadkar held meetings with business leaders including Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg this morning as he prepares to wrap up his first visit to the World Economic Forum at Davos.
John Downing The punters see Leo Varadkar's various gaffes as noise in the market. Or maybe he's making inroads on the basis of being a plain-speaking politician.
Mark Keenan Could Leo Varadkar's assertion that it is commonplace for middle Ireland's first-time house buyers to take their deposit from the "bank of mum and dad" be one of his greatest ever political gaffes?
Donal O'Donovan in Davos Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he doesn't believe there is a bubble in the Dublin office market, but insisted Government won't introduce policies to heat activity further.
Donal O’Donovan in Davos Ireland wants an EU relationship with the UK after Brexit that will require a new and specific agreement rather than adapting any existing model, the Taoiseach has said.
Ronald Quinlan and Laura Larkin Taoiseach Leo Varadkar may have sparked an angry backlash for his suggestion in the Dail that people ask the ‘bank of mum and dad’ to secure a deposit for a home.
Kevin Doyle and Laura Larkin Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has revealed he did not receive any money from his parents for a mortgage deposit – but says it’s what “happens every day in Middle Ireland”.
Laura Larkin A Fine Gael TD has defended Leo Varadkar’s comments in the Dail suggesting people could emigrate or borrow money to get a housing deposit and hit back at criticism of the Taoiseach as showing his...
Laura Larkin and Mark Keenan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar sparked an angry backlash by suggesting people ask the "bank of mum and dad" to secure a deposit for a home.
Laura Larkin Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said in the Dail that getting money from parents is one of several avenues open to people looking to gather a housing deposit, saying "lots of us did".
Gordon Deegan Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has admitted that the country's "very high income tax rates are a serious problem" in attracting talent into the economy.
Eilis O'Hanlon Would the real Leo Varadkar please stand up and be counted? Because it's hard to be sure, some days, if the Taoiseach stands for anything at all. What does Leo actually believe in, deep down?...
Editorial Ireland's political culture is the product of both the collective history of our political system and the life histories of the members of that system and, therefore, is rooted equally in public events and private experiences. Last week the country's two main political leaders made memorable, some would say remarkable, speeches - one at...
Like every job, politics has a basic set of skills, a body of knowledge built up by earlier practitioners. Those who enter politics are supposed to acquire that body of knowledge. Senior civil servants, too. And journalists who deal with politics.
David Raleigh Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that he believes Ireland's abortion laws are "too restrictive and need to be liberalised".
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