Lee Harvey Oswald is led through the Dallas police station in 1963 after the assassination of President Kennedy. Photograph:

Who is the most pivotal figure of the Sixties? JFK? His brother Bobby? Martin Luther King? Lennon and/or McCartney? I would suggest none of the above,(...)

Mary O’Rourke: A TD has no more entitlement to be told what goes on in a family law court than does a reporter or an editor.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Due, I believe, to a misunderstanding, several references to the former Fianna Fáil deputy leader Mary O’Rourke were removed, on legal advice, from my(...)

Charlie Flanagan TD: raised concerns about the effects on children of identifying them in the Roma  cases. Photograph: Eric Luke

Charlie Flanagan raised some interesting issues about in camera protections in childcare proceedings in an article published in The Irish Times on Mon(...)

Many of Lou Reed’s songs resembled movies, novels or short stories more than they did other pop songs. Photograph: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

There’s a largely unspoken civil war divide in rock ’n’ roll, adequately conveyed by the contrasts between the Rolling Stones and the Velvet Undergrou(...)

Minister for  Children Frances Fitzgerald speaking to media yesterday about the recent Roma children incidents. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pavee Point is worried that the snatching of two Roma children from their parents by the State might “create the conditions for an increase in racism (...)

Former Munster MEP Kathy Sinnott and John Waters appearing in a TV debate on the children’s referendum.

This morning in the High Court, Mr Justice Paul McDermott hands down his judgment in the challenge to the outcome of last year’s so-called children’s (...)

Colm Tóibín: writes in a beguiling mixture of prose and poetry. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

I believe it important that Colm Tóibín wins the Man Booker Prize next Wednesday for his novella The Testament of Mary. I don’t just mean “important f(...)

Eamon Dunphy: ‘I think the mob are always wrong, so it’s not hard to be a contrarian if you’re true to your own passion, your own intellect.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne Eamon Dunphy: ‘I think the mob are always wrong, so it’s not hard to be a contrarian if you’re true to your own passion, your own intellect.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The last time I’d met Eamon Dunphy was last August, when we had been booked on the same TV3 show. He and I have had our ups and downs, but have mainta(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD launches Fine Gael’s Yes campaign this month. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

I should be in favour of abolishing the Seanad – I railed against it long enough. A decade ago, I debated the elitism of its electoral system on ra(...)

UN Veterans participate in the Commemoration Parade to mark the 90th Anniversary of the Easter Rising passes. Taoiseach wants to “go to the country in the sacred days of 2016”. PHOTOGRAPH: BRYAN O’BRIEN

You have to hand it to Enda: at least he has courage. I have in mind “courage” in the Sir Humphrey sense – as on the occasion when minister Hacker ann(...)