Leo Varadkar

'Are you on the set of The Borrowers?' - Varadkar's latest video message causes a stir online

Each week the Taoiseach posts a short online video message which updates his followers on the main brought before the Dail during the past seven days.<p>…

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Taoiseach: Cabinet ministers allowed to 'dissent' on abortion referendum

<i>By Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner</i><p>Cabinet ministers will be allowed to "dissent" from supporting the upcoming referendum on abortion, the Taoiseach …

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Far-right enters government in Austria

The pact is to see the OVP's 31-year old Sebastian Kurz become Austria's youngest-ever leader, with the FPO's Heinz-Christian Strache as deputy.<p>But …

European News

Brexit deal gives more rights to Irish passport holders, experts say

Agreement between EU and UK means Northern Ireland born citizens with Irish passports could enjoy benefits closed to British passport holders<p>People born in Northern Ireland who carry Irish passports could have more rights after Brexit than those who carry British passports, legal experts have …


Ian O'Doherty: The referendum will be bitter. But we need to lance this boil

Are we nearly there, yet? Are we nearly there, yet?

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Brexit is going to get harder, EU leaders warn Theresa May, as new demands enrage Eurosceptics

EU leaders have warned Theresa May that the second phase of Brexit talks will be harder and “more challenging” than the first, as the spotlight turns …


Austria far right: Freedom Party wins key posts in new government - BBC News

AFP<p>Sebastian Kurz (R) has agreed a coalition deal with far-right party leader Heinz-Christian Strache<p>The far-right Freedom Party has secured the key posts of foreign, interior and defence in Austria's new coalition government for its nominees.<p>Governing with the conservative People's Party, the move …


Varadkar delivers on his leadership promise


Micheál Martin says his party is ‘within reach’ of government

Micheál Martin asks that you do not read between the lines of what he is saying to divine meaning, but at times you are left with no other option.As …

Fianna Fáil

Country heading to a crossroads as divisive issue still to be settled

A sense of trepidation filled the corridors of Leinster House this week. Why? Because the issue of abortion has raised its head once again - and this …

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Irish desire for close UK ties after Brexit not shared across EU - Varadkar

Leaders meet in Brussels to discuss moving British withdrawal process on to second phase


EU set to focus on banking union, bailout fund in euro zone overhaul

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will focus on trying to complete a banking union and expanding the job of the euro zone bailout fund when …


Dead Drop: December 15

<b>HIGH COTTON:</b> Conservative pundit Fred Barnes wrote in the Weekly Standard that the rumored nomination of Senator Tom Cotton to become CIA director …

George H. W. Bush

Eilis O'Hanlon: Why new pan-nationalist front recalls the past - while Stephen McCarthy points towards the future

Identity politics is the curse of the age. Nothing does more damage to individual freedom of expression than demanding that, purely by belonging to …

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Taoiseach: My position on abortion 'has evolved over time'

The Taoiseach has said his view on abortion has 'evolved over time'.<p>Leo Varadkar said he would like to discuss the matter with his party colleagues …

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Government defeated on online advertising and social media Bill

Defeat is embarrassing but there is no obligation on administration to process the Bill<p>13 minutes ago<p>The Government has lost a Dáil vote on a Fianna …

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All but three members of committee on Eighth Amendment sign off on final report

The committee on the Eighth Amendment has signed off on its final report proposing a radically more liberal abortion regime, with chairperson …

Eighth Amendment

Commons defeat 'not going to stop Brexit', says government - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Davis taking questions in the Commons and Theresa May at the EU summit


Leo Varadkar dreams of naming children’s hospital ‘Starship’

Starship would be the Taoiseach’s “favourite” name for the new National Children’s Hospital.Leo Varadkar has also suggested that a name as Gaeilge …

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Sinn Féin writes itself out of the picture with appeal to Varadkar

Open letter signed by 200 northern nationalists suggests party has lost the initiative<p>Thu, Dec 14, 2017, 05:00<p>An open letter to Taoiseach Leo …

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Irish Lawmakers Back Repeal of Abortion Ban

DUBLIN — An Irish parliamentary committee recommended on Wednesday that a constitutional ban on abortion be repealed, paving the way for the …


Taoiseach calls for referendum on abortion after committee recommends repealing the Eighth

The country is heading for a referendum on abortion as TDs and senators voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

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Eighth Amendment: One hurdle passed, so what’s next?

While Solidarity-People Before Profit TD, Brid Smith, heralded yesterday’s decision as “the beginning of the end of the Eighth Amendment”, the …

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May timetable for abortion referendum - Tánaiste

Three anti-abortion members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment to boycott final meeting<p>about 21 hours ago Updated: about 5 hours …

Rights & Freedoms

Irish parliament committee backs referendum on abortion up to 12 weeks

DUBLIN (Reuters) - An Irish parliamentary committee on Wednesday recommended that an abortion referendum due next year should offer the choice of allowing terminations with no restrictions up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy, a more liberal position than some had anticipated.<p>The cross-party committee's …


Government committed to new shared leave system for working mothers and fathers - Leo Varadkar tells Dail

Mr Varadkar said he is seen to phase in a new regime - currently in place at EU level - that will allow mothers and fathers to share the leave …

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Ministers to scrutinise RTÉ licence fee spending

Spending at RTÉ is to be examined by two ministers to see where savings can be made.

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Complaint over peer's 'Indian' Irish PM tweet dismissed

<b>The House of Lords standards commissioner has dismissed a complaint against Lord Kilclooney over his controversial tweet describing the Irish prime minister as "the Indian".</b><p>The complaint was made by the former Northern Ireland victims' commissioner, Patricia McBride.<p>Both the Alliance Party and Sinn …


'Snobbery and hypocrisy when some people in the 26 counties talk about 'The North''

SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT HAPPENED last week in Ireland, and I don’t just mean the resolution on the Irish border issue. Some healing took place if you …

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How the world's political leaders would stack up in a 5K

Pit the world’s leaders against each other over 5K and who comes out on top?<p>Understandably, the podium finishers have all been photographed running …