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  • noun Head of the Irish government, comparable to a UK or Australian Prime Minister.


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  • The taoiseach was the second highest paid leader of the six countries and the top civil servants were also among the highest paid in the eurozone.

    The Guardian World News Lisa O'Carroll 2011

  • The last time a taoiseach felt it necessary to address the nation before taking harsh economic measures was when Charles Haughey did so 31 years ago.

    Enda Kenny 'optimistic' for Irish recovery 2011

  • Such characterisation may not be entirely unfair, especially when the Real IRA are threatening to bomb English cities or the taoiseach, Brian Cowen, appears (to be) drunk on the radio, as he did last month, and the Irish economy's been mismanaged so badly that the Celtic tiger's more of a lame duck.

    Author, author: Nick Laird Nick Laird 2010

  • A spokesman for Cowen said the taoiseach never commented on private matters.

    Defeated taoiseach Brian Cowen faces seizure of UK buy-to-let property 2011

  • It could be described as analogous to Bob Geldof or Bono running for taoiseach.

    Youssou N'Dour: the singer who changed his tune | Observer profile 2012

  • When it comes to corporation tax and attempts by the republic's European partners, particularly the French, to try to tie Ireland's EU bailout to changes in the capital taxation regime, O'Donnell's message to the taoiseach is simple: Fight, fight and fight again to keep our corporation tax rate.

    Botox helps to create an Irish boom town amid economic gloom 2012

  • Irish writer Kevin O'Connor has written a big screen adaptation of his book How Haughey Spent the Money, which he promises will contain new information about the morally challenged taoiseach.

    Hugh Muir's diary 2011

  • All were full of praise for the address, which was delivered in front of dignitaries from both sides of the Irish border, including the taoiseach Enda Kenny, the Unionist first minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson, religious leaders including Cardinal Seán Brady, the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, Irish rugby star Brian O'Driscoll and various Irish former prime ministers.

    Irish eyes are smiling: show of respect turns Queen into runaway favourite 2011

  • • An obituary for Garret FitzGerald – Ireland's taoiseach for most of the period from 1981-87 – should have said that it was the Irish republic that US president Ronald Reagan visited in the mid-1980s, not Belfast 20 May, page 38, early editions.

    Corrections and clarifications 2011

  • Not so her co-signatory, Ireland's taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, who has just died, and for whom the Anglo-Irish agreement was the culmination of a career.

    In praise of... the Anglo-Irish agreement 2011


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