Former DUP minister for social development Nelson McCausland has described a decision by Newry, Mourne and Down district council to put Irish first on its logo and literature as an exercise in “cultural sectarianism”. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Former DUP minister Nelson McCausland has described a decision by one of the North’s new super councils to put Irish first on its logo as an exercise (...)

UK prime minister David Cameron has revealed new Tory proposals to cut payments for ‘treatable conditions’, including the cutting of sickness benefits for unemployed obese people who ‘refuse treatment’.  Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA

Unemployed obese people will have to diet or else lose their benefits, under new Tory proposals.Alcoholics, drug addicts and others with “treatable co(...)

The Swilcan Bridge on the the Old Course at St Andrews. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty

As George Bernard Shaw once put it, “progress is impossible without change”.For sure, he didn’t have golf in mind when providing the benefit of his wi(...)

Father Ted: Its Christmas special from 1996 was the most-watched programme on RTÉ 2 in December 2014.

RTÉ 2 has taken a few swerves in direction since Father Ted and Father Dougal first got lost in the lingerie department. Back then, the channel was ca(...)

Host Graham Norton during filming for “The Graham Norton Show” in London. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

In this autumn-winter autobiography season, two memoirs should leap out to both aspiring broadcasters and anyone even vaguely interested in how on-air(...)

Martina Purdy has been a journalist with the BBC for the last 15 years. Photograph: BBC

One of Northern Ireland’s best known political journalists has revealed she is quitting the media after more than two decades as a reporter to join a (...)

Incoming Iraqi prime ministerHaider al-Abadi  was once  in charge of servicing BBC’s lifts, the British broadcaster has said. Photograph: Ali Abbas/EPA

He may have taken a step up in the world this week but Iraq’s incoming prime minister was once known for his downs as well as his ups, as the man in c(...)

Biddy White Lennon, one of the judges on TV3’s The Great Irish Bake Off

TV3’s The Great Irish Bake Off polished off its second run last week with an average of 207,000 viewers tuning into last week’s final. The broadcaster(...)

The Hireland model has already been successfully reproduced in the US and Nigeria, and emulated across Europe

A not-for-profit organisation that convinced Irish business owners to take on thousands of additional employees during the recession has published an (...)

Avril MacRory: produced ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl’

Former RTÉ head of variety Avril MacRory, now a London-based independent producer, was back at Montrose last night to give a Royal Television Socie(...)