Pádraig MacLochlainn put it most touchingly: “I know the character of Gerry Adams and I absolutely believe him.” It’s that “absolutely” that should alert those of us outside the party that we are in the realms of pure truthiness.  Photograph:  Collins

For Sinn Féin’s leaders, things that appear incompatible can be resolved

Gerry Adams (centre)  with Sinn Féin TDs Mary Lou McDonald and Pearse Doherty. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Opinion: SF wouldn’t tolerate evasive answers from other party leaders

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No broadcast: the Met’s revival of The Death of Klinghoffer, by John Adams. Photograph: Richard Hubert Smith/Metropolitan Opera

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‘When Phil Hogan sends the CVs of constituents to Irish Water, do they actually get jobs? He himself laughed off the very notion last week. So why does he do it? Because the charade satisfies some deep mutual need – for his constituents to feel that they have “pull” and for Hogan to be Big Phil, the local chieftain who can deliver the goods to his people.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

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After the John McNulty debacle at Imma, we need to close some of the loopholes in the way board members are appointed

‘The Taoiseach told the public one day that the decision to appoint McNulty was made by Heather  Humphreys (above); the next day that he alone was responsible.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Opinion: ‘The big issue is that there are standards that should apply to every office-holder’

Donation: the late Seamus Heaney and his wife, Marie, at the National Library of Ireland in 2011, when he gave his archive to the institution. Bryan O’Brien

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Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys who refused to answer questions in the Seanad about  Mr McNulty’s appointment.

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