Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney (right) has said he is sorry if his rendition of the republican ballad Joe McDonnell offended anybody and that he does not support violence or believe in every lyric in the song. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

FAI chief says singing recorded ‘in sly way’ and he does not ‘believe every lyric’

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has been criticised for comments in which he referred to unionists as ‘bastards’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

UUP says comment from Sinn Féin president in Enniskillen shows ‘true, bigoted colours’

 Protesters battle  high winds and rain on Vinegar Hill, while taking part in a protests against pylons and wind turbines, at Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, last January. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

This is the year of U-turns, both in Government and Opposition, but is doing a U-ey always a bad thing?

Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan (centre) give a thumbs up to photographers on the of the 31st Dáil in Leinster House in 2011. He  has claimed the State is facing “what is potentially an Isis situation” if anti-water charge protesters are allowed to continue with their demonstrations.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Noel Coonan TD receives death threat over Islamic State/water protests comparison

A complaint about a Newstalk radio presenter stating his support for same-sex marriage has been upheld in part by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Listener said conduct heard on Newstalk programme could make referendum ‘a farce’

RTÉ has announced that its deputy foreign editor Fiona Mitchell is to take up the role of London correspondent in January.  Photograph: RTÉ.

Deputy foreign editor to take on role two years after broadcaster closed bureau in city

Above: Filter tanks in the Liffey Works Water Treatment Plant in Ballymore Eustace. Below (left to right): former minister for environment Phil Hogan, Irish Water director John Tierney, and Minister for Environment Alan Kelly. Photographs: The Irish Times.

A chronological drip-feed from the abolition to the reintroduction of water charges

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly at a press conference in Government Buildings outlining revised water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dail suspended following a row between the Government and Opposition over new plan

 Socialist Party TDs say that the Government has missed the point of the anti-water charges protests by offering concessions on costs. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Socialist Party TD says public opposed to charges as a whole, not individual costs

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