Breakfast metaphors from Leo give a hassled May food for thought
It was breakfast time, so Leo Varadkar's food metaphors were probably unavoidable.
It was breakfast time, so Leo Varadkar's food metaphors were probably unavoidable.
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.
The special EU-UK deal on the future of the Irish border after Brexit is at serious risk, Fianna Fáil has warned.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has offered little comfort to those campaigning for a restoration of funding for pain-managing Versatis patches.
Those 'vultures' appear to be coming for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar after all, as Permanent TSB has signalled it is definitely headed towards selling a major loan book to the dreaded vulture funds.
Permanent TSB is ploughing ahead with a €3.8bn sale of impaired home loans despite a pledge by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to strengthen protection measures for mortgage holders.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has bowed to Fianna Fáil pressure and pledged protection measures for mortgage holders who could be affected by the sale of the Permanent TSB loan book to a vulture fund.
The news from Brussels is not good and it is beginning to look dangerously like Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney cried "victory" too early and too loudly.
George Soros, the former refugee turned world currency speculating phenomenon, made more than £1bn betting against the pound on Black Wednesday in 1992.
Just two years ago in Kerry, the dramatic five-to-midnight Dáil nomination of a second member from the "Kilgarvan house that Jackie built" caused consternation.
Unless the London government can engage properly in this crucial phase of Brexit talks, then the return of a “hard border” in Ireland appears inevitable, Labour leader, Brendan Howlin has warned.
Forestry Minister Andrew Doyle has challenged Coillte to undo the "damage" done to the confidence of farmers and other potential tree growers.
Séamus Pattison, one of Europe's longest-serving parliamentarians, has died aged 81.
Leo Varadkar's "split decision" strategy on the abortion issue will be sorely tested in four months ahead of the referendum expected in May.
AN Garda Síochána gave a valuable IT contract to the firm Accenture without proper public procurement procedures and also paid money up front, Independent TD Mick Wallace has told the Dáil.
The Taoiseach should put Transport Minister, Shane Ross, on a bus or a tram to experience the chaos and gridlock which is currently frustrating Dublin citizens.
THE Taoiseach will today seek Cabinet approval for a referendum on the liberalisation of abortion, including termination any time up to 12 weeks.
The Government has been urged to tax so-called 'heated cigarettes', targeted at young people, at the highest rate imposed on tobacco products.
Communications Minister Denis Naughten will this week seek Government approval to appoint a dedicated digital safety officer and try to have the role of that person clearly defined within weeks.
Talk of ending partition paled into insignificance when we came up against the "real Irish question" - just where can you get a drink on Good Friday?
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.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said there are currently 600 houses listed for sale in Dublin priced below €250,000.
Government moves to fix the pensions anomaly now risk discriminating against men hit by the same problem, the Dáil has been told.
The law of unintended consequences often seems to permanently live in the endless masses of pensions small print.
Thousands of men who are missing out on up to €40 per week in their pension payments will not benefit from the proposed 'fix'.
Transport Minister Shane Ross has remained unrepentant about his efforts to re-open Stepaside Garda station in his own Dáil constituency.
Nearly 2,600 extra acute hospital beds will be needed by 2031- but the number could be as high as 7,000 unless the health service is reformed, a new report has warned.
Unpaid road tolls worth €10m on Dublin’s M50 ring-road have been written off over the last two years, a new report has revealed.
Local political wars were often Fianna Fáil's greatest stock in trade and made elections fizz. But for all the party's history, its loyal members have avoided national rows and tried to make loyalty to the leader an immutable core value.
An overwhelming majority of Fianna Fail TDs are against the U-turn taken by party leader Micheál Martin on abortion.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has been accused of “spinning” and exaggerating the numbers of houses being provided to tackle the housing crisis.
This was a debate pitched in the shadow of events from three decades past.
Health Minister Simon Harris listed the number of women from every county in Ireland who travelled to the UK for an abortion in 2016 as he told of the "sad reality" that we have been exporting the issue.
HEALTH Minister Simon Harris opened a two-day Dáil debate on repealing the Eighth Amendment and has read into the record the number of people from each county who travelled to the UK for an abortion in 2016.
A vaccine that can reduce the risk of suffering flu-related pneumonia has a low uptake among over-65s and people with long-term diseases.
UP to 400 people die each year due to hospital emergency department overcrowding, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told the Dáil.
Much now turns on one key question: Do you agree there should be unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy?
When a Limerick city friend of mine was jilted by a rather good-looking young woman from nearby Co Clare there was, let's say, a limited amount of sympathy for him.
Peter Sutherland was recalled as a “loving family man” and someone who did many “hidden acts of philanthropy.”
People from politics, business and the law joined together to pay their final respects to the man known to all as 'Suds'.
Peter Sutherland's family have announced arrangements for his funeral to take place tomorrow and Thursday in Dublin as tributes to the statesman and business leader have continued.
Up to 10,000 pensioners in the CIÉ group of companies are facing a crisis as their pension scheme is underfunded by some €80m.
Fine Gael has amassed a €1m election "war chest" and is well advanced in candidate selection and other preparations, party chairman Martin Heydon has warned.
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty will come under renewed pressure to bring forward a speedy remedy for pensioners who are on reduced payments because they took time out of the workforce.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has signalled he is ready to change the way property taxes are calculated.
POLITICIANS have united in paying their respects to Peter Sutherland who died after losing a lengthy battle with illness.
IRELAND'S best-known international statesman, Peter Sutherland – credited with leading a successful drive for cheap air fares - has died after a long illness at the age of 71.
There is only one Kevin 'Boxer' Moran. The hours, which often turn to days, he has spent fighting to help people stricken by floods give him a special place for the foreseeable future.
When my late mother's friend described a seasonal gift as "unusual", you knew you were in tricky territory. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's "split decision" on Cabinet responsibility is so unusual that anything like it harks back more than 40 years.
Many wily politicians of yesteryear made a career of giving it out large off the back of the lorry in Kilahulla Upper - and then doing the exact opposite back in Dublin.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May received “a light round of applause” at last night’s EU summit dinner, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Donald Tusk did not bother shoehorning fragments of pop songs into his message. Not this time.
The Taoiseach has sent his strongest warning yet there can be no reneging on the Brexit deal on the Irish Border.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said a hard battle still lay ahead to ensure all Irish interests around Brexit are laid down in a legally binding international treaty.
Brexit tops the agenda as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attends a two-day EU leaders’ summit in Brussels.
Spending at RTÉ is to be examined by two ministers to see where savings can be made.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he meant no insult to Fianna Fáil in comments about the Brexit border deal.
The Brexit deal has many advantages for Ireland north and south. It is a big win for the Irish negotiating team. But can it be that simple? What are the potential snags?
Right now we're going through a more upbeat period about how Ireland and Irish agribusiness will cope with the awfulness that is Brexit.
Ireland will consider British proposals to reassure the Democratic Unionist Party on a border deal for Brexit – but will not agree changes “to the core” of a draft agreement which emerged on Monday.
It's time to re-think tax cuts for high earners and focus instead on improved services for vulnerable people like carers, Micheál Martin has said.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he believes the British prime minister wants a Brexit deal on the Irish border and is now acting in good faith.
Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, said it is time to re-think tax cuts for high earners and focus instead on improved services for vulnerable people like carers.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil he believes that it is up to London to act in efforts to break the deadlock on Brexit.
It carried every word uttered by 'P Ó Néill', pretty much deified Gerry Adams, and showed which IRA leader was ostracised by using the English rather than the Gaelic form of his name.
We have only had one Christmas general election ever in Ireland, and it actually pre-dated the foundation of the modern state.
The Sinn Féin crisis over bullying allegations claimed its most high-profile loss yesterday, as Galway senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh quit the party.
EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has challenged other member states to increase their contributions to make up the €10bn-€12bn budget shortfall caused by Brexit.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced former Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney as the new Tánaiste.
A week of “political war” ended with the abrupt exit of Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald.
A tough political week has seen threats of an immediate election recede. But it has left a litany of losers … and a few winners also.
Outgoing Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said she is stepping down “to avoid an unwelcome and potentially destabilising general election at this historically critical time”, as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar defends her ministerial record.
The current North-South Ministerial Council (NSMC) should have its powers increased to manage all Border issues - including trade - in the wake of Brexit.
Rural and Community Development Minister Michael Ring will today announce an extra €7.4m for councils to improve "non-public rural roads".
Gerry Adams' decision to finally stand down as Sinn Féin leader comes just as EU-UK Brexit talks gather pace three weeks away from a vital summit on the issue. The border between Ireland north and south has become a major focus.
LEO Varadkar has a sporting chance of making strides for Fine Gael by forging ahead with a general election most voters do not want.
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has appealed to Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to postpone a no-confidence vote against Tánaiste until the new year.
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald today faced huge criticism over her alleged “failure to protect” garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.
There are serious questions about whether Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald can stay on in government, the Dáil has been told.
There was a time when you had to know your "gateways" from your "hubs". But that was all of 15 years ago and it did not last long.
Robert Mugabe led Zimbabwe for just over three years longer than one Gerard Adams has led Sinn Féin.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin have engaged in a war of words over who is to blame for the housing crisis.
The most senior civil servant in the Department of Justice has announced his retirement as fresh controversy about the treatment of Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe emerged.
The Justice Department’s most senior official, Noel Waters, has announced that he will be retiring early next year.
Kim Jong-un and his Pyongyang pals can put away the good china for now as Ireland's peace crusaders have cancelled their world-saving plans to come calling.
Those two politically tricky liquids of Irish life - water and alcohol - were slated to be centre stage. But then the Taoiseach got an attack of the vapours, apparently scandalised by the language used by Micheál Martin. And Mr Martin's offending word or words? Well, it was "screw", and used in the unlikely setting of a row over hospice funding.
There is a grave danger that Irish farmers could become the fall guy - and girls - as the world finally wakes up to the challenges of global warming.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today rounded on Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and accused him of using “inappropriate” language in a Dáil debate.
Transport Minister Shane Ross has been accused of “tweeting about Manchester United” and “planning fantasy trips to North Korea” while 155,000 rail passengers are left stranded by the Iarnród Éireann strike.
Government moves to fast-track planning permission for data centres can help avoid upsets like the delay and doubt surrounding Apple's €850m project, IDA boss Martin Shanahan has said.
Finian McGrath has come out swinging and he is not ready to relent on moves to open nuclear peace talks with the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un. Many in the Government are horrified, while others just nod their heads and laugh wryly.
LABOUR maverick, Alan Kelly, has warned his party leader, Brendan Howlin, that he must achieve a turnaround in the party’s fortunes “in the coming months.”
When Catalan farmers drove a tractorcade into Barcelona last month they were not protesting against falling farm incomes, or increasing pressure on government over some burning issue like the glyphosate ban.
We rarely get good news about Brexit. It's not a happy theme - but it's one we have to continually face because of its huge ramifications for Irish farming, agribusiness and the economy generally.
A NEW study of life in the Irish Defence Forces has revealed that conditions have reached an all-time low, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said.
Details emerged last night of another alleged child sex case involving Humphries.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused the banks of “stealing citizens’ money” in the tracker mortgage scandal.
Like farming, politics also has its seasons. So autumn brings us the political conferences where the party loyalists gather and mingle to consider policy and political plots.
So, just what did the EU leaders decide over two days in Brussels? Britain wanted talks now on the future EU-UK trade relationship after Brexit. The other 27 leaders insisted three big issues must be sorted first.
Pope Francis has told Irish EU Commissioner Phil Hogan that he is looking forward to visiting Ireland next year.
The Central Bank was accused of a dereliction of its duty in failing to use its powers to force banks to give back trackers to those who lost them.
Some time after noon today, the minority hybrid Coalition will suffer "another embarrassing defeat".
It now seems like something from another lifetime. But back in April, May and June 2016, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan was seen as something of a "Brussels secret weapon" in the campaign to get farmers across the UK to vote remain.
Families have been given fresh hope that their tracker nightmare will end this year, after the Government threatened to hit banks with massive tax bills if they do not rectify the mess.
Older women suffering pension cuts due to a controversial rule change in 2012 cannot expect any early remedy, Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has made clear.
A married father of two young boys has told of how he is unable to get AIB to agree to put him on the right tracker rate.
There were angry scenes in the Dáil as a row erupted between Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned banks guilty of wrongly depriving customers of tracker mortgages to resolve the bulk of outstanding cases before the end of this year.
The minority Coalition is preparing to just shrug off another embarrassing defeat in a Dáil vote and carry on.
There have been growing demands for a crackdown on thrill-seekers who put the lives of emergency workers in danger during extreme weather events like Ophelia.
IT should be illegal to disobey the safety authorities and put rescue personnel at risk during emergencies like Storm Ophelia, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said.
British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to offer new ideas on the "unique circumstances" facing the Border region during a 40-minute phone call with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Fianna Fáil members have overwhelmingly backed a motion urging opposition to changing the Eight Amendment to the Constitution which bans abortion.