Walking into Tony O’Reilly’s house at 2 Fitzwilliam Square, I noticed the plaque beside the front door. “So this was William Dargan’s house!” I(...)

Kate O’Brien (1897-1974): “Nobody caught the world of the Irish Catholic bourgeoisie as Kate O’Brien did and nobody has caught it since.”  Photograph: Sasha/Getty Images

It was a world of heavy mahogany furniture and the smell of good dinners; of drawing rooms not unlike the convent parlours where they visited their(...)

Miriam Lord with Charles Haughey

Two people in this world can always make me laugh. One is the great comedian June Rodgers. The other is Miriam Lord. Both are masters of Dublin str(...)

People from the west of Ireland speak clearly. You’ll notice it with Pat Rabbitte, Maire Geoghegan Quinn, and of course, Enda Kenny. You can he(...)

We were in a queue, lining up to pay our respects at a funeral, and there were lots of legal people there. One called out to a retired judge be(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone with  Dr Ann Louise Gilligan. Should they have to ask heterosexuals’ permission to marry? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When the Children’s Rights referendum was being held in 2012, I took two months off to campaign in favour of it. Many of my friends thought I was d(...)

Four out of five for Fine Gael in Mayo. But do TDs from the same party spend too much time competing against each other? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

One of the first politicians I followed on an election canvass was former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in 1973. He was uneasy with journalists, particul(...)

The shocking death of Savita Halappanavar forced Irish gynaecologists and obstetricians to go public about the fact that the abortion ban in the Constitution, and the failure of successive governments to legislate for abortion as required by the X-case judgment, had left doctors in a legislative no-man’s-land

When I had my baby in 1983, one of the brilliant nurses in the maternity hospital came along three days later and sat on the side of my bed. “Now,” sh(...)

When my mother was dying of cancer, she wanted more than anything to be outside. One day we all drove to Kennedy Park outside New Ross and wand(...)

The last time I heard Mary Raftery on the radio, she was taking grief m a canon lawyer. He was telling her that Cardinal Brady had no responsibilit(...)