The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s compliance committee said it was not an “absolute requirement” that programme makers balance a show by including speakers representing each side of a debate. Photograph: Getty

A complaint that a discussion on RTÉ Radio 1’s Marian Finucane Show was biased in favour of same-sex marriage has been rejected by the Broadcasting Au(...)

Michael O’Brien: ‘We decided to create a new literature for Irish children that didn’t exist. The area was dominated by the British, to the extent that they were reinventing Irish culture with very corny Oirish things, while Irish writers, in order to get published, were becoming Anglophile.’ Photograph: Fergal Phillips

It’s a publishing house that has pushed boundaries and set new standards in the Irish book world for 40 years, but O’Brien Press was founded in sur(...)

Drag queen Panti Bliss (AKA Rory O’Neill) has been nominated to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge by two Dublin-based Redemptorist priests. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Two Catholic priests have undertaken the Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, papal nuncio Archbishop(...)

Unflappable: Nancy Ashmawy

Earlier this summer a researcher from a BBC radio programme contacted me to talk about Mrs Brown’s Boys. Many viewers in Britain, she said, thought Br(...)

No-go zone: Ronan Keating with Laura Michelle Kelly  in Goddess

Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough, Michael Bay. Despite last week’s glitzy Dublin premiere . . . despite the presence of two Irish ac(...)

An entertainment phenomenon dismisses the critics as his film eats up the box-office. “They love to hate and I don’t care; let them hate. They’re sti(...)

Laughing all the way to the bank: Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, starring Brendan O’Carroll  and his wife Jennifer Gibney,  gtossed over €1 million at the Irish box office over the weekend. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire

It may not have been a hit among the critics but there was no stopping Mrs Brown over the weekend, as D’Movie written by Brendan O’Carroll took in €5.(...)

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How can you tell for certain that you’ve arrived? Well, if you get to be interviewed within an exhibition dedicated to your most famous creation, t(...)

The camera flies majestically towards Dublin, the credits announce a “fillum by Ben Kellett” and we get another chance to ponder one of the age’s more(...)

Brendan O’Carroll at the world premiere of Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie at the Savoy Cinema, O’Connell Street, Dublin,  last night. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Brendan O’Carroll believes Father Ted awoke the British to Irish comedy and tellingly, it was the first thing he said when asked to account for the h(...)