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Varadkar minds his language as 8th campaign kicks off

Varadkar minds his language as 8th campaign kicks off

In what was a carefully assembled and constructed speech, the Taoiseach's choice of words after the cabinet go-ahead for a referendum was also a signifier of how his stance had shifted

Is an election closer than we think?

Is an election closer than we think?

Fianna Fáil's attacks on Fine Gael have been a lot sharper in recent weeks - and they cannot go on forever without consequences

Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't

Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't

Housing remains a political pressure zone for Eoghan Murphy as he defends his new mortgage scheme

A fact-based abortion debate is in the country’s interests

A fact-based abortion debate is in the country’s interests

The 'enough of experts' view seen in the Brexit debate must not be allowed to take hold in Ireland when a life and death issue like abortion is being debated

Councillors warned on flood plain plan ahead of vote

Councillors warned on flood plain plan ahead of vote

Minister of State Kevin 'Boxer' Moran urges Wicklow County Council to learn from the mistakes of the past

Michael D Higgins and Angela Merkel make poor pantomime villains

Michael D Higgins and Angela Merkel make poor pantomime villains

Michael Brennan enjoyed Polly and the Beanstalk at the Olympia Theatre, but found the choice of villains unconvincing

Momentum behind vacant homes tax stalls

Momentum behind vacant homes tax stalls

Housing policy has shown that offering carrots to increase supply – such as grants to do up vacant houses or exempting owners from the planning process – will only go so far

Coveney damages Dublin’s DUP relations further

Coveney damages Dublin’s DUP relations further

The Minister for Foreign Affairs appears to have an uncanny habit of winding up and angering the Democratic Unionist Party

Time for some more joined-up thinking in transport policy

Time for some more joined-up thinking in transport policy

The construction of two separate Luas lines that did not link up together – or indeed to any other rail service - was one of the most stupid transport policy decisions in recent memory

Time for DUP to move on from 'Ulster says No' rhetoric

Time for DUP to move on from 'Ulster says No' rhetoric

Varadkar 'surprised and disappointed' as Theresa May asks for more time following earlier indications of agreement on Irish border text

GPs using children and families as bargaining chip

GPs using children and families as bargaining chip

The Irish Medical Organisation has been playing hardball in the negotiations for the next phase of the free GP care scheme, for children aged 6-11

Fitzgerald departure serious blow to Varadkar

Fitzgerald departure serious blow to Varadkar

Fine Gael TDs are now distraught at how the party wasted so much political capital in defending their minister to the bitter end

Release of documents sparks FG turmoil

Release of documents sparks FG turmoil

One minister speaks of 'sense of betrayal' after release of documents on strategy against whistleblower piles pressure on Tánaiste

Fitzgerald will hang on – but her ministerial reputation has been damaged

Fitzgerald will hang on – but her ministerial reputation has been damaged

Leo Varadkar is likely to be fuming, but he will not want to give a head to the opposition so early in his term as Taoiseach

Hello Mary Lou - goodbye Fianna Fáil?

Hello Mary Lou - goodbye Fianna Fáil?

The imminent arrival of Mary Lou McDonald as Sinn Féin leader poses a serious challenge to the Soldiers of Destiny