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# Taoiseach

25th May 2024
Taoiseach: ‘Parading ambassadors in front of TV cameras in Israel was unacceptable’
Simon Harris TD
This month
May 2024
Dublin and Monaghan bombings: Answers sought from UK over 'unacceptable' justice failure
Taoiseach Simon Harris says he won’t 'allow' attacks on politicians to change his behaviour
Head of new Dublin taskforce rejects suggestions city is unsafe but says it 'could be better'
Last month
April 2024
Taoiseach says ‘makeshift shantytowns’ won’t be allowed to develop after Mount Street is cleared
'We should have provided answers': Simon Harris's State apology to Stardust families in full
Harris expects details on locations of promised asylum reception centres 'in the coming weeks'
Larry Donnelly: The immigration issue compounds uncertainty in Irish politics
Larry Donnelly
Harris bats away talk of 'inexperience' on his big EU debut as Ukraine and Palestine dominate
'Unlikely' law allowing nightclubs open later will be ready by summer, says Taoiseach
Harris finds it 'a little hard to hear' Israeli ambassador talking about Ireland being on the 'wrong side'
Harris and RSA commit to returning average wait time for driving tests to 10 weeks
Taoiseach says he’s 'of a generation more familiar' with Berlin and Paris than Belfast or Derry
Parenting: A message for the new Taoiseach - please get a handle on housing
Margaret Lynch
Recognition of Palestine by EU countries 'much closer', Harris says after meeting with Spanish PM
Pedro Sanchez has previously said his country plans to extend recognition to the Palestinians by July.
Simon Harris to meet Ursula von der Leyen today with Palestine 'high on the agenda'
Taoiseach accused of being 'no-show' in Dáil as Harris unavailable due to Sunak and Zelensky phone calls
Simon Harris makes changes to junior ministerial ranks in first Cabinet meeting
The new Taoiseach has been finalising the positions this morning.
Here's who got promoted by Taoiseach Simon Harris at his first cabinet meeting
Here are the 26 promises new Taoiseach Simon Harris made tonight
'I promise to be a Taoiseach for all': Simon Harris reaches across political divide in first speech
No vote on Micheal Healy-Rae’s Taoiseach bid, despite nomination from brother Danny
Leo Varadkar officially resigns as Taoiseach at Áras an Uachtaráin
Varadkar’s resignation was accepted by President Michael D Higgins today.
The former FG leader tendered his resignation in writing to President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this evening.
In his final interview as Taoiseach, he said Government should have invested more in areas like housing in 2011.
He told The Journal today that making up his mind to step down was hard, but said he has had "no regrets" over the decision.
Kate O'Connell says Varadkar was a 'barrier to re-entry' to Fine Gael party
March 2024
Simon Harris has been announced as the new leader of Fine Gael
Harris is the only Fine Gael TD to put his name forward for the job.
Simon Harris says he has taken advice from Phil Hogan (among others)
Poll: Would you like to see a general election take place?
Simon Harris officially declares bid to be next leader of Fine Gael
More than 30 TDs, senators and MEPs voiced their support for Harris today even before he made a formal announcement.
'Brexit-hater' Varadkar's emotional parting: How international media covered the Taoiseach's announcement
Taoiseach says he does not identify as ‘woke’
Taoiseach still has 'some' text messages from Covid pandemic period
Taoiseach says investigation needed into alleged vote blocking of black Irish person in referendum
Ireland's 'soft power' used to remind US it helped bring peace before and could do so again
All eyes were watching Leo Varadkar to see if he convey the message from the Irish people and push for peace in Palestine.
Netanyahu approves plans for military operation in Rafah and 'evacuation' of civilians
Taoiseach speaks to President Biden on six Irish citizens who are stuck in Gaza
Varadkar 'supports' proposal that could see asylum seekers deported to countries in North Africa
Varadkar dubs some Trump comments 'highly inappropriate' but says Govt will work with whoever is elected
February 2024
Ireland and Spain ask for urgent review of EU's trade deal with Israel amid 'grave' Rafah threat
In a letter sent to the European Commission president, Varadkar also called for an ‘immediate humanitarian ceasefire’.
Tributes paid to 'deeply committed' former Taoiseach John Bruton who has died
The former Taoiseach died in the Mater Hospital in Dublin early this morning following a long illness.
John Bruton led Fine Gael from 1990 until 2001, and served as Taoiseach between December 1994 and June 1997.
He later served as the EU's ambassador to the US between 2004 and 2009.
He is survived by his wife, son and three daughters.
Pat Rabbitte: John Bruton was a thoughtful and substantial politician
Pat Rabbitte