John Murray: gags and mischief on the last week of the show.  Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Much as a leopard can’t change its spots, so it often seems that Sean O’Rourke is unable to shake off his years as a hard-bitten, relentlessly confron(...)

Identikit: Nicola, Dylan, Sean, George, India, Jade . . . or is that Jade, India?

Made in another era – six years ago, say – a series called Exiles (RTÉ2, Thursday) might have had a different meaning: construction workers forced to (...)

Anti-water charges protests: the latest form of lump-sum charge, the water charges, is the main focus of organised opposition to taxes today. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Colbert, a French finance minister of the late 17th century, said: “The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest pos(...)

We might all come together to agree that the winner of the long-haul holiday with €20,000 spending money on The Late Late Show, anchored by the  ebullient Ryan Tubridy, did not deserve it half as much as us. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

RTÉ wants to know if I want to contribute to its “guiding set of principles”. Actually, it’s inviting everybody to do this. A few weeks ago it publish(...)

Dropping the ball: Brendan O’Connor

Listeners tuning into Brendan O’Connor’s first day as stand-in host of The John Murray Show (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) will not be surprised by what t(...)

Broadcaster Ray D’Arcy is to host a Saturday night TV programme on RTÉ One from the autumn. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Broadcaster Ray D’Arcy is to host a Saturday night TV programme on RTÉ One from the autumn.Brendan O’Connor, who currently hosts The Saturday Night Sh(...)

Galway harbour. The first phase of the proposed €126 million port expansion into south Galway Bay involves reclamation of almost 27 hectares of foreshore and seabed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State wildlife experts have “key outstanding concerns” about the implications of the Galway harbour expansion plan, an oral hearing has heard. (...)

Fionnan Sheahan replaces Claire Grady, who unexpectedly stepped down as editor in August after just a year in the job.

Political journalist Fionnan Sheahan has been appointed editor of the Irish Independent while the paper’s executive editor, Cormac Bourke, has been ap(...)

Sunday Independent journalists bid farewell to editor Anne Harris lastnight. Photograph: David Conachy

Anne Harris, the editor of The Sunday Independent, received a “knock down” from her staff on Saturday night as she ended her career leading the countr(...)

Bono: “oops” – how Bono began his apology for the Apple stunt in which U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ album was automatically downloaded to iTunes accounts.   Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

A is for Adnan Syed. Convicted of the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, the Baltimore man’s case is the subject of this year’s most talked-about investig(...)