A lot has been written lately about emotional intelligence (EQ) as a variant on IQ and its importance as a leadership characteristic. This book looks (...)

Ed Vulliamy, who who has won awards for his reporting from Bosnia, the 9/11 attacks, Iraq and Mexico. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

Journalism has been “infected” by “corporate public relations” and the media is part of a “seamless troika” involving governments and corporations,(...)

It was a key issue in the negotiations that led to the joint declaration in 2003, says Alastair Campbell. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Former British government press secretary Alastair Campbell has said the issue of allegedly secret letters to(...)

Alastair Campbell: ‘I don’t buy the idea that sport can’t survive financially without sponsorship [from the alcohol industry].’ Photograph: David Sleator 2:18

“If alcohol didn’t exist and it was discovered, I don’t think there’s a government in the world that would allow it,” said Alastair Campbell, t(...)

Offaly footballer Niall McNamee: has spoken about his gambling. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of senior inter-county GAA players accessing a confidential counselling service has tripled this year, a conference will hear today. The Ga(...)

Alastair Campbell with former taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the launch of Mr Campbell’s book The Irish Diaries last night. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The close relationship between Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair was fundamental to the success of the Belfast Agreement and the peace process, former Briti(...)

Alastair Campbell: ‘It saddens me the extent to which Bertie [Ahern] is denigrated because he was a really big part of the whole thing’

Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern have written introductions for Alastair Campbell’s new book, The Irish Diaries, his record of the events leading up to the(...)

Editor of the Daily Mail, Paul Dacre: accused of  being a coward and a bully

Labour leader Ed Miliband has demanded that the Daily Mail apologises for using a photograph of his father’s gravestone in a bitter attack upon the Ma(...)

Ed Miliband campaigning in Walworth, south London. Labour is running at 10 points ahead of the Conservatives in the polls. Photograph: PA

There’s a spring in the step of many a British Tory MP these days. At last the prospects for the general election in 2015 do not appear so grim, the e(...)

 Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at at Citizenship Ceremony in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The modern era and the advent of instant communications has thrown up a number of new political rules, all conceived by another modern phenomen(...)