Q&A: 'Round one' goes to May - but now the real struggle beckons
Are we sure there will be no return of a 'hard Border' in Ireland?
Are we sure there will be no return of a 'hard Border' in Ireland?
A Brexit deal that ensures no hard Border on this island has been hailed as a major victory for Ireland.
For a time yesterday, the 27 EU ambassadors meeting in Brussels over Brexit were "held hostage" by the UK cabinet ministers meeting on the...
THE proposed Brexit deal will be put to a vote in Dáil Éireann, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced.
The Taoiseach has asked the Attorney General to study whether the State can take a case to recover legal costs from former Garda commissioner...
To many people away from the Leinster House “political bubble” it looked like a storm in an eggcup. But sometimes the smaller dramas can reveal a lot.
When the row erupted over the two Fianna Fáil rebels' 'Seán South of Garryowen-style' foray northwards last month, one of the duo, Éamon Ó Cuív, raised a little-known historical fact.
People who are sick badly need to be reassured that there are no more “dangerous doctors” working in the health services.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will not be backing down from calls for the HSE to restrict holiday leave over the Christmas period, saying it "makes sense".
That rhetoric machine is doing handstands as the pre-election phoney war ramps up. So what are our politicians saying to one another in essence about the ongoing health service problems?
On the face of things the Taoiseach is telling us that he is only trying to help and it is as much in Ireland's interests as anyone else's. Ireland needs...
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned all hospital workers - including consultants, nurses and...
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned all hospital workers - including consultants, nurses and back-up staff – that they must work "at full whack"...
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has defended his decision to signal Ireland may agree a “review clause” on the Irish border backstop and insisted this did...
It has been all about giving Northern Ireland some special status without making it look like the North was exiting the EU on different terms to...
It took all of 29 months since the Brexit referendum to get this far. Now things may finally move - but that might not be in the direction Theresa May would like as cabinet and parliament endorsement for "her deal" is uncertain.
The next thing Mrs May now needs to do is cajole, bully and bribe her own party. John Downing explains all.
The Taoiseach has asked the Attorney General to study whether the State can take a case to recover legal costs from former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and his former press officer, Superintendent Dave Taylor.
Let's play an old children's game called "supposing - supposing". Let us suppose that British Prime Minister Theresa May gets her Brexit proposals through her Cabinet and she cuts a deal soon in Brussels.
The posh phrase for the machine was the "audience reaction indicator". It dated from an age of single-channel television innocence when a superbly awful man called Hughie Green fronted a talent show called 'Opportunity Knocks'.
Fianna Fáil have launched a blistering attack on the Taoiseach over his Christmas health service comments, claiming he was acting like "a radio chat show panellist".
People who need the drug cannabis to help cope with illness and pain are suffering needlessly, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, has said.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has directly called on the HSE not to sanction additional holidays for doctors and nurses over Christmas.
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has come under fire for suggesting the Opposition and media should put on the ‘green jersey’ and unquestioningly support his Brexit strategy.
Often tipped as a future Taoiseach, Brian Hayes has announced he will quit politics next summer just weeks ahead of his 50th birthday.
Music promoter John Reynolds will be best remembered as the man who helped rekindle the career of superstar Leonard Cohen, and for changing the culture of Irish music festivals, mourners at his funeral were told.
MUSIC promoter John Reynolds will be best remembered as the man who helped rekindle the career of superstar Leonard Cohen, and for changing the culture of Irish music festivals, mourners at his funeral were told.
LED by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, the Fianna Fáil old guard turned out in strength to say farewell to the party’s former political adviser, Paddy Duffy, on Wednesday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to exit politics over two years will weaken her EU power - but Irish officials are confident her Brexit pledges to Ireland still stand.
There are fears tens of thousands of illegal Irish immigrants will be caught by a new crackdown ordered by US President Donald Trump.
When Donald Trump was elected US president, liberal commentators hailed Angela Merkel as "leader of the free world". She dismissed the idea as "absurd". Now that she has begun her slow exit from politics, the appraisals of her career have begun with mixed results.
UK finance Minister Philip Hammond has declared that the "era of austerity is finally coming to an end", as he unveiled his last budget before Brexit.
The 64-year-old low-key German woman has been a household name across the world for the past 13 years. Now she wants to begin to exit the political stage, starting with quitting her party's chair.
Thousands of people face delay in sick pay, causing unnecessary suffering, the Government has been warned.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has sent a "finger-wagging" letter to Éamon Ó Cuív and Mark Daly, warning them off any repeat of their party endorsement of a council candidate in the North.
Fianna Fáil's leadership has been accused of "closing the door too early" on the prospect of party membership for presidential runner-up Peter Casey.
Broadband technology is complex - but suddenly its politics have become very simple.
I do not believe the bulk of the more than 340,000 voters who opted for Peter Casey are motivated by racism. I find it more likely they are disillusioned with our politics right now and still suffering the after-effects of the appalling economic crash.
Fianna Fáil won't be making space on their election card for Peter Casey, despite his massive vote.
Has Mary Lou McDonald's Sinn Féin lost its campaigning edge under her leadership?
John Downing offers six lessons the six presidential candidates can teach us – and themselves:
A big win by Michael D Higgins - backed by six out of 10 voters - is hardly big news. The vote for maverick Independent Peter Casey really is the story of this presidential election.
Turning 60 can be tricky. Life reflections can tend to the gloomy side: too young for a pension, too old for big career initiatives, euphemistically-termed "health issues" creep in with intimations of mortality.
A BIG win by Michael D Higgins – backed by six out of 10 voters - is hardly big news. The vote for maverick Independent, Peter Casey really is the story of this presidential election.
Elections were not created to entertain the masses - but on occasion they do just that.
Farm union leaders and politicians were joined by the local Monaghan community in paying tribute to a man described as "a bridge builder committed to justice and peace".
Farm union leaders and politicians were joined by the local Co Monaghan community in paying tribute to a man described as “a bridge builder committed to justice and peace.”
So President Higgins used the Government jet for a visit to Belfast on the advice of his office - not the Police Service of Northern Ireland, as we had been led to believe. It's a detail that may elude many citizens.
'FIGHTERS," he said with disgust, "sure you'd beat them with your cap."
A Toyota car made in England has bumpers which come from France and Germany, mufflers and exhaust pipes from the Netherlands, seatbelts from Hungary, and wheels from Spain. It is then sold across the 28 EU states.
History is littered with "temporary solutions" which long outlived those people who put them in as a stop-gap. Income tax came to these climes as a temporary arrangement to fund the defeat of somebody called Napoleon Bonaparte.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has been forced to defend comments arguing against the designation of Travellers as a distinct ethnic minority.
Business leaders must start planning for next year with huge uncertainty about Brexit, the Taoiseach has admitted.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has roundly condemned comments by presidential candidate, Peter Casey, about Travellers.
Former Fianna Fáil minister John O'Donoghue may be about to re-enter politics.
Last time they tried to make just a little Brexit progress, they wound up going backwards. It was September 19 last when not much was expected of that informal EU leaders' summit in Salzburg.
Brexit talks are headed for the 'last-chance saloon' as the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator says "much more time" is needed to reach a divorce agreement.
The Taoiseach has flatly rejected calls by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin for a "no-election guarantee" until any Brexit deal is safely put through the UK parliament.
Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, has said the Taoiseach must guarantee no general election until the British parliament makes a decision on any emerging Brexit deal.
A hard Brexit could ground UK flights for up to three weeks but would be survivable for Ryanair, Michael O'Leary said ahead of a meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels on Wednesday.
There are bound to be rumours of "EU treachery against little Ireland" as we snake towards news about news of any end to this never-ending Brexit saga.
Fixing the level of taxpayer-funded subsidy for the rural broadband project remains the crucial issue to be decided, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told the Dáil.
The level of taxpayer-funded subsidy for the rural broadband project remains the crucial issue to be decided, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told the Dáil.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to walk away from a deal which would ensure a hard border never again emerges on the island of Ireland.
You can chalk it down as the week in which the nation was set on a course for the next general election.
Former Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald - who was forced to quit the Government amid allegations of failing in her duty as justice minister - has welcomed the news that she was completely vindicated by Mr Justice Charleton.
This large basket of woes created a series of political earthquakes, and the aftershocks will be with us for some time to come.
The Government has been urged to talk with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in efforts to have them lift a potential veto on any new Irish border compromise on Brexit.
The 'winner' of the next election could end up watching parties which took fewer seats making up the numbers and sauntering past them into Government Buildings.
The Taoiseach has defended Communications Minister Denis Naughten’s meeting with a US businessman who was bidding to provide rural broadband potentially worth up half a billion euro.
Budget days past more usually brought a certain 'Grand National buzz' to Leinster House. An edge in the air amid speculation of who might go offside, abstain or even vote with the "other crowd", a certain anything-can-happen vibe.
Presidential hopeful Gavin Duffy has said he will never forget the lessons learnt from a serious road accident he was involved in when driving without insurance or a licence.
Hopes of a Brexit deal within weeks have been renewed with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker signalling a new note of confidence in negotiations.
Arlene Foster has turned into the de facto but unlikely saviour of the cheap slab of beer down here in the "Free State". It is a very strange turn up for the books - but we do live in strange times.
A word of advice about Tuesday's Budget: lower your expectations to avoid disappointment. There will certainly be modest welfare increases and even more modest tax cuts.
Half of all passports are now being delivered via online applications which can be put in 24 hours a day any day of the week, Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney has said.
1 The British Conservative Party remains utterly polarised over Brexit. Attempts over four days to introduce other topics failed. That included attacking its old foe, Labour. It ended, as it started, in major name-calling division.
Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on her warring Conservative Party to back her in trying to broker a reasonable Brexit deal - including compromise on the Irish Border.
Hoofing on stage to the strains of an iconic Swedish band, and limp jokes about the set not falling down again. Well, check your prejudices and see: it was either ultra-brave - or beyond parody.
Government bureaucracy is seriously delaying the delivery of new homes, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said.
Theresa May's latest plan to resolve the Irish Border crux has been torpedoed by Arlene Foster who described it as a "complete non-starter".
Even city slicker cynics will acknowledge that 2018 has been a pretty vicious year for Irish farming.
Michael D Higgins looks like he's going one better than Éamon de Valera in this race for the Áras. On the only other occasion an outgoing president decided to seek election to a second term, Dev said he had chosen not to campaign. He relied upon the advice of then-Taoiseach and long-time sidekick Seán Lemass that it would be inappropriate for the office of president to go on the stump.
Ireland risks missing its tobacco-free target date of 2025 by 27 years, the HSE has warned.
Employers who force their workers to declare themselves self-employed should face fines and jail, the Government has been told.
The Government is to be pressed to explain how some of Ireland's wealthiest people pay less income tax than the average worker.
Fifty years after the scandal of the pregnancy drug, Thalidomide, victims are still seeking justice, the Dáil has been told.
The Government has not learned the bitter lessons of the 2008 economic crash - and risks taking the country back into recession, Labour leader Brendan Howlin has warned.
President Mary Robinson famously put a light in one of the windows at Áras an Uachtaráin to honour Irish migrants scattered across the globe. Now all the talk is of shining the light inwards as we face a presidential campaign from today.
Memo to all our senior politicians: Farmers are not just for the ploughing week.
Embattled UK Prime Minister Theresa May was said to have been "humiliated" by her EU counterparts.
Only one child in need of surgery for the severe spinal condition scoliosis has been sent abroad to the UK for an operation this year.
Since the waking nightmare of that early morning of June 24, 2016, when we learned UK voters had opted to quit the EU, we have often been told the Irish Government is "preparing for the worst and hoping for the best" when it comes to Brexit.
Ireland has worked in a sea of shifting alliances over its 45 years in the various manifestations of the European Union.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he will raise concerns about human rights, including the need to decriminalise homosexuality, in Palestine when President Mahmoud Abbas visits this coming weekend.
Prospects of an EU-UK Brexit deal have grown in recent weeks, Irish EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.
Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath has hit back at his Fine Gael Government partners as the row about health overspending escalates.
'There's nothing in the Constitution to say I can't sing as President," Dana, also known as Rosemary Scallan, famously said during her surprise presidential campaign in autumn 1997.
It's known among politicians and senior officials as the "annual farce" as a fictional health budget is framed. Everyone knows that the official figures cited are already way off the mark by hundreds of millions of euro.
The French often say: "There are not 36 solutions to this problem."
Micheál Martin has rejected the suggestion Seán Gallagher is a proxy Fianna Fáil candidate in the presidential election, calling it "ridiculous".
Presidential hopeful and businessman, Peter Casey, has conceded using a helicopter to attend three crucial local council meetings in quest of a nomination was wrong on environmental grounds.
With apologies to the great Winston Churchill, we are at "the end of the beginning" in this Áras melodrama. There are a few more pucks left in this before we get the final list of candidates.
Presidential hopefuls Joan Freeman and Sean Gallagher have secured four council nominations this evening.
Communications Minister Denis Naughten will consider fresh allegations of unfair treatment being given to some candidates by RTÉ in the last presidential election.
Embattled Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy is to introduce rules aimed at curbing the loss of family rental homes in Dublin to holiday letting via firms like Airbnb.
Presidential hopefuls face into a crucial week as many councils across the country prepare to decide which candidate, if any, they will back to allow them to get on the ballot paper.
EU Commissioner Phil Hogan described US President Donald Trump as an "America-first bully" as controversy over his Irish visit continues to mount.
The Government has said Karen Bradley is a smart and experienced politician - after she admitted she initially did not understand Northern Ireland politics when she took on her Cabinet brief.
The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said he is willing to consider new ways to solve the Irish Border issue.
Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland will definitely be “controversial,” Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said.
The UK's Brexit Secretary has threatened the EU that it will be forced to order the Irish government to reinstate the border with the North in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
A DEAL resolving the Irish border crux can be achieved if Britain makes the necessary compromises, Irish EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.
Brexit will have a say in the timing of any general election and must influence Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's thinking on the issue.
To parody the best known line from the classic movie 'The Godfather', the Taoiseach appears to be making Micheál Martin "an offer he can't accept".