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Fine Gael is becoming a pro-choice party. Will Ireland follow?

Fine Gael is becoming a pro-choice party. Will Ireland follow?

It would have been unthinkable even a few years ago that Fine Gael would hold a debate on abortion and the Eighth Amendment at its conference

Marion McKeone: 'Even Watergate doesn't come close'

Marion McKeone: 'Even Watergate doesn't come close'

Donald Trump is in Asia, but he has left behind a White House in utter disarray

From one undignified burial to another

From one undignified burial to another

How a previous government botched the burial of an IRA hunger striker - and the current government is messing up the burial of water charges

'The most difficult thing in this plan will be the politics'

'The most difficult thing in this plan will be the politics'

The Ireland 2040 plan has been in the works for three years - but things are heating up with two months to go till the final version

Kelly 'tainted irrevocably' by Trump

Kelly 'tainted irrevocably' by Trump

Four-star general wheeled out to provide moral fig leaf for Trump's blustering response to death of four US soldiers

Varadkar's speeches failing to deliver

Varadkar's speeches failing to deliver

The lack of style and gusto in Varadkar's speeches was painfully obvious at the Fine Gael president’s dinner in the Clayton Hotel

The bould Donie Cassidy - Fianna Fáil’s new vice president at the age of 72

The bould Donie Cassidy - Fianna Fáil’s new vice president at the age of 72

He is not the future - but he is a reminder of the party’s formidable vote-getting skills

Sinn Féin's proposal to scrap property tax jars

Sinn Féin's proposal to scrap property tax jars

Party argues budget plans are fairer and costed, but serious questions about coherence of strategy remain

Sinn Féin’s unwise homage to Catalonia

Sinn Féin’s unwise homage to Catalonia

Pushing the Catalan cause feeds into the Sinn Féin narrative that people living in the North should also be allowed to have their say on a United Ireland in a border poll

Where's the spark in Budget 2018 build-up?

Where's the spark in Budget 2018 build-up?

The usual fevered speculation over what we can expect when Paschal Donohoe gets to his feet is severely lacking this year

FF leader's stance a foretaste of budget battle

FF leader's stance a foretaste of budget battle

Micheál Martin has laid down a marker on tax at his party's think-in by demanding a cut in USC, writes Michael Brennan

100 days of Leo

100 days of Leo

The Taoiseach’s brand remains strong, but Fianna Fáil’s ‘spin over substance’ jibe shows he’ll have to prove his Republic of Opportunity has some meaning in people’s lives

'Finding a new garda chief won't be easy'

'Finding a new garda chief won't be easy'

The political narrative is now dictating that the net must be cast beyond the ranks of An Garda Síochána, writes Hugh O'Connell

The dos and don'ts of being a 'Sporting Taoiseach'

The dos and don'ts of being a 'Sporting Taoiseach'

Every taoiseach must walk a tightrope when it comes to mixing sport and politics

Fianna Fáil set to target Varadkar 'brand-building'

Fianna Fáil set to target Varadkar 'brand-building'

The public will soon begin to demand fewer meaningless announcements and more substance from the new Taoiseach