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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

'Lies, damned lies, and statistics - official fake news is creating bad decisions'

'Lies, damned lies, and statistics - official fake news is creating bad decisions'

The problem will continue until officials are held accountable, writes Michael Brennan

A $7 trillion tax reform could trigger a recession under Trump

A $7 trillion tax reform could trigger a recession under Trump

Arthur Laffer’s cocktail napkin has much to answer for as the birthplace of trickle-down economics. As Trump mark's 100 days, Laffer's proposed tax reforms could end up doing a lot of damage

'If the eighth amendment is to go the Oireachtas will have to show its hand'

'If the eighth amendment is to go the Oireachtas will have to show its hand'

The difficult part is the work that needs to be done between now and a referendum, writes Mary Regan

Theresa May is surfing a wave before tide finally goes out

Theresa May is surfing a wave before tide finally goes out

Not only can the British Prime Minister not lose, she can’t fail to win big – but things will never be this easy for her again

Mary Regan: Why the new maternity hospital has been a difficult delivery

Mary Regan: Why the new maternity hospital has been a difficult delivery

Everyone is asking why the nuns want to run a maternity hospital. But perhaps the real question should be, why would the state want to allow them?

'Labour is on the floor and May wants to go in for the kill'

'Labour is on the floor and May wants to go in for the kill'

There is a cool and calculated rationale to May's decision to call a snap election, writes Hugh O'Connell

Water row is masking the trickle of legislation

Water row is masking the trickle of legislation

New laws still come dropping slowly as the minority government approaches its first year in office