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Pat Rabbitte: 'Reform could be a casualty in Donohoe move'

Pat Rabbitte: 'Reform could be a casualty in Donohoe move'

Former minister believes reshuffle caution due to leadership contest pledges

'Varadkar honeymoon over before it began'

'Varadkar honeymoon over before it began'

The gloves are off and the battle for the next election is already underway, writes Mary Regan

'The start of the Varadkar era'

'The start of the Varadkar era'

Varadkar took a non-confrontational tone during his first day - but there was a harder edge too, writes Michael Brennan

'Enda the humble backbencher from Mayo'

'Enda the humble backbencher from Mayo'

Kenny performed his job with boundless energy but things are about to get an awful lot quieter, writes Hugh O'Connell

Tom McGurk: Will Corbyn pull off a political earthquake?

Tom McGurk: Will Corbyn pull off a political earthquake?

Theresa May seems determined to wrench defeat from the jaws of victory

Pat Rabbitte: Varadkar’s undoubted talents do not guarantee success

Pat Rabbitte: Varadkar’s undoubted talents do not guarantee success

The lifespan of the new government will be determined by the relationship Varadkar manages to establish with Fianna Fáil

Feargal Quinn: Can Varadkar strike while the iron is hot?

Feargal Quinn: Can Varadkar strike while the iron is hot?

Throughout Europe, workers in essential services are limited in the strike measures they can take. It remains to be seen if Varadkar has the courage to follow through on his proposals for their Irish equivalents

Matt Cooper: A delicate balancing act

Matt Cooper: A delicate balancing act

By virtue of his position, Varadkar may find the attention on his personal life more than he might find appropriate

Mary Regan: Varadkar bounce puts FF on the defensive

Mary Regan: Varadkar bounce puts FF on the defensive

With Varadkar a presumptive taoiseach, many in Fianna Fáil now regret not forcing an election two months ago

'Fine Gael's Red C lead is likely to narrow when normal business resumes'

'Fine Gael's Red C lead is likely to narrow when normal business resumes'

The last two weeks will give FF plenty of food for thought about its next leader, writes Hugh O'Connell

Pay talks: A deal at any price?

Pay talks: A deal at any price?

Lots of demands are being made ahead of the upcoming public sector pay talks, but the stark truth is that there is relatively little money to go round

Marion McKeone: Life on the fault line

Marion McKeone: Life on the fault line

James Comey’s departure has triggered a seismic shift in Washington’s tectonic plates, prompting two questions: can Republicans survive the aftershock and will Trump avoid impeachment?

'Michel Barnier's speech shows the EU is worried Ireland will ally itself with Britain'

'Michel Barnier's speech shows the EU is worried Ireland will ally itself with Britain'

The chief Brexit negotiator's speech contained a strong message about the need for EU unity, writes Michael Brennan

'Trump's latest actions laugh in the face of the rule of law'

'Trump's latest actions laugh in the face of the rule of law'

Will the cumulative effect of Trump's undemocratic impulses lead to the dismantling of government, asks Siobhán Brett

'Let's hope other ministers don't hand over the PIN number to the unions'

'Let's hope other ministers don't hand over the PIN number to the unions'

Paschal Donohoe has made all the right noises but there are doubts over the government's resolve, writes Michael Brennan