Taoiseach Enda Kenny: He said he would like to find out who was responsible for leaving a 91-year-old man on a trolley for so long.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It must be difficult for the Taoiseach when Michael Noonan is around. Does his Minister for Finance say, “I told you so” every time they bump into eac(...)

“Step away from the ATM out of that, now”: is it Jack or is it Enda? Kiefer Sutherland in 24

It was a Wednesday in Government Buildings. There was a knock on the Taoiseach’s door. It was definitely a Wednesday, because there is always roast be(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien: he told a  Q&A session in Jamaica: “We’re all good at something. I know what I’m bad at. I’m not great at HR , for example – it’s too much touchy-feely nonsense.”  File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg/Getty Images

“Reasoning with Denis O’Brien.” Now there’s a novel idea. With the Dáil in recess last week, members of the Oireachtas slipped up badly by missing a t(...)

Nice try: Don’t mess with Mr Quinn. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

We put out the wrong team against Argentina last weekend. Front Row Frances and her Fine Gael team would have gone through them for a short cut. An(...)

Micheál Martin: worried about the “overarching” influence of the army council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Do you remember Lola? She was a showgirl. She danced in the Copacabana, but that was 30 years ago when there used to be a show. Then times changed and(...)

The funeral of Tara Gilbert, her partner Willy Lynch, their children Jodie and Kelsey and Willy’s brother Jimmy in the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

After Communion, a young woman dressed in black rose from her seat and walked past her family to the altar. Family on both sides – seated along the fr(...)

Minister of State  Dara Murphy: he beat Senator Colm Burke by a narrow margin (188 votes to 172) at the recent convention. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over a dozen long-serving Fine Gael members walked out of a constituency meeting in Cork North Central last week when a supporter of Dara Murphy, M(...)

The State Funeral of Garda Anthony (Tony) Golden, at St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two little girls walked into the crushing silence of a crowded churchyard. Instinctively, they reached out and found each other’s hand. They looked (...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Things are cracking along nicely now. The landscape is much improved. Having dragged Ireland back from the cliff, pulled “our country out of an econom(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin  before the budget announcement yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland: the best small country in the world in which to leak budgets. They don’t do suspense in this Government. No spoiler alerts necessary with Mic(...)