Tony O’Reilly: “If his commitment to free speech was merely a pose, the Sunday Independent gave plenty of opportunity to depose it.”

Tony O’Reilly had such a good press for so long that clawback was inevitable. Matt Cooper’s book The Maximalist has sparked many begrudging reviews. H(...)

US senator Edward Kennedy: He played a key role in Northern Ireland, voicing concerns about the violence from the early 1970s through to the early 1990s. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Throughout the difficult negotiations leading to the 1998 Belfast Agreement, then taoiseach Bertie Ahern kept in regular contact with US senator Edwar(...)

The Longboat Quay apartment complex in Dublin’s docklands, built by Bernard McNamara. Residents  face a possible evacuation or a  bill of €4 million for fire safety works in the building. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

When the shiny new development went up on the banks of the Liffey a decade ago, its name seemed an appropriate nod to Dublin’s rich Viking past. But (...)

Fianna Fáil’s public expenditure spokesman Seán Fleming has  insisted the Government’s capital spending plan is heavily dependent on private investment. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government’s capital spending plan has been dismissed as a “wish list” drawn up with the general election in mind by Fianna Fáil’s public expendit(...)

 ‘Much will depend on whether opinion polls, public and private, indicate that the two parties between them have a realistic chance of getting close to the 79 seats required to form a government in a November election.’  Above, Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Enda Kenny will have to make one of the biggest calls of his political life in the next month or so – whether to throw caution to the winds and call a(...)

Cormac Devlin:  “If people are being told they must select a certain gender, I think that is wrong. The members should be supreme and they should be respected by the party.”

Fianna Fáil councillor Cormac Devlin has warned he will take legal action against the party if it issues a directive to select a female candidate in (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael think-in in Adare, Co Limerick, where the party hoped to break the Curse of the Challenge of the Upturn. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

With a general election just around the corner, best feet were belting forward at all the think-ins. The main parties will be pleased to have survived(...)

Bertie Ahern spoke said of the idea of gender quotas: “I don’t agree with it, I think it is zany.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has criticised the gender quotas and said he is firmly against their introduction. Mr Ahern was speaking on Newstalk rad(...)

‘Maybe the unimpeachably-decent Corbyn can confound the doomsayers. He turned up in parliament on Monday dressed in a suit and tie – possibly for the first time ever – and told interviewers that he will not be engaging in the moronic putdowns and animal noises that passes for debate.’ (Screen grab from footage broadcast by Parliaments Parliamentary Recording Unit  via Parliament TV on September 14th, 2015) AFP/Getty Images

The sight of grown men spitting “throwback moron” and “red Tory” at one another can be highly entertaining, when the fallout is on someone else’s patc(...)

‘A recent Belfast opinion poll suggested a majority in favour of Mike Nesbitt’s action in pulling his Ulster Unionist party minister out of the Stormont executive. That was a clear illustration of widespread exasperation at the performance of the political classes.’ Above,   Mike Nesbitt (right) after speaking to the media at Stormont in Belfast on Monday,  September 14th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Few things are certain about the peace process, but one thing seems sure enough in the latest crisis: that the Assembly which now requires yet another(...)