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A very maverick minister

A very maverick minister

‘I was always a messer in school, that’s my nature. But it doesn’t mean I am not deadly serious about my portfolio,’ Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath tells Hugh O’Connell, Political Correspondent

No need for a veto on border, says Coveney

No need for a veto on border, says Coveney

Simon Coveney talks about his relationship with the Taoiseach, his certainty that there will be no backing down on preventing the return of a Northern border, and his reasons for defending Frances Fitzgerald

Profile Frances Fitzgerald: A failure of email intuition?

Profile Frances Fitzgerald: A failure of email intuition?

The emergence of an email from two years ago has plunged the Tánaiste and the government into crisis

Welfare at work

Welfare at work

In an extensive interview with The Sunday Business Post, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty discusses the pensions time bomb, naming and shaming welfare fraudsters, and political rivalry

The radical moderate

The radical moderate

He’s just delivered his maiden budget as finance minister. In this major interview, Paschal Donohoe talks tax, housing and political philosophy

British ambassador: Ireland should prepare for hard Brexit

British ambassador: Ireland should prepare for hard Brexit

Robin Barnett advises having a ‘contingency’ plan, and says Britain wants ‘frictionless’ border

Verhofstadt: We’ll give Ireland Brexit cash

Verhofstadt: We’ll give Ireland Brexit cash

In his only newspaper interview during his visit here, the European Parliament’s chief Brexit co-ordinator speaks of the negative impact on Ireland if the Brexit agreement ‘is not well done’

Creed's focus on farmers at sterling risk

Creed's focus on farmers at sterling risk

The agriculture minister feels he should have no trouble making the farmers’ case in the budget because the new Taoiseach appreciates the huge importance of the sector

Nikki Haley profile: UNstoppable?

Nikki Haley profile: UNstoppable?

The third of four children born to Indian Sikh immigrants, her parents arrived in the US with just $8

The party animal

The party animal

Once a fierce critic of Fianna Fáil, Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly has now embraced his new party with the zeal of a convert

The presidency: Are you right there, Michael?

The presidency: Are you right there, Michael?

When Higgins ran for president in 2011, he secured more than a million votes and promised that he would serve only one seven-year term

Profile Michael and Danny Healy-Rae: Holding the fort

Profile Michael and Danny Healy-Rae: Holding the fort

As well as being successful vote-getters, they have also built up their own mini property and business empire, writes Michael Brennan

A young man in a hurry: Eoghan Murphy

A young man in a hurry: Eoghan Murphy

Murphy envisions the state building houses, going high rise within Dublin’s canals and, long-term, discussing how to pay for water infrastructure

Varadkar taking the Haughey approach to power, says Howlin

Varadkar taking the Haughey approach to power, says Howlin

The Taoiseach's actions in his first few weeks of office have 'diluted' the cabinet system, the Labour leader says

Profile: Justin Trudeau - 5 things you need to know

Profile: Justin Trudeau - 5 things you need to know

Our guide to the 45-year-old Canadian prime minister who is visiting Dublin this week before travelling to the G20 summit in Hamburg