Bridgeen Hagans (centre), fiancée of murdered Belfast man Robert McCartney, with four of his five sisters, Donna, Claire, Catherine and Gemma, in 2005. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The heroic sisters of Robert McCartney humbled both the IRA and Sinn Féin

Gerry Adams: The IRA on occasion shot alleged sex offenders or expelled them,” he said.  “While this may have been expedient at the time it was not appropriate.”

SF leader says shooting alleged sex offenders was wrong policy

Olivia Mitchell:  “I think as an island country cut off from the rest of Europe, it’s a good thing that we have a certain amount of immigration.

Fine Gael TD says immigration has been good for Ireland

Backing the leader: Pearse Doherty  and Mary Lou McDonald listen to  Gerry Adams’s   address at the Sinn Féin Ardfheis 2014 in Wexford Opera House earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leading Sinn Féin figures deny claim of abuse cover-up

Maria Cahill speaking at Leinster House today with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (left). Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Grandniece of Joe Cahill told ‘Spotlight’ programme of abuse by IRA member and subsequent meetings with Sinn Féin leader

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin, on the Seán O’Rourke programme on RTÉ radio today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

RTÉ radio listeners grill Noonan and Howlin over Budget 2015

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan leaving the RTÉ radio centre, after answering listener’s questions on the Today with Sean O’Rourke programme, today. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Labour Party leader insists Budget will help to create jobs

Senator Gerard Craughwell. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Profile of the new Independent Senator from Galway

‘Leinster House witnessed a bizzare spectacle yesterday. Government TDs and Senators appeared visibly relieved that their candidate had just lost an election’.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

They may have lost but the Coalition would gladly swap a seat for closure

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