Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

Munster temporary consultant Andy Farrell with head coach Anthony Foley in Limerick. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Having confirmed the hiring of former English and Lions defence coach Andy Farrell as a consultant, Garrett Fitzgerald, the Munster CEO, suggested tha(...)

CJ Stander on the move for Munster as Sergio Parisse closes in on  the tackle during the Irish province’s Champions Cup pool match against Stade Francais in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Not alone is this not a particularly opportune time to be the Munster head coach, it isn’t an especially rewarding time to be their captain. Increa(...)

A bomb concealed in a fire extinguisher was primed to explode during a recent police recruitment meeting at the Waterfoot Hotel in Derry, a court has heard. Image: Google Streetview.

A bomb concealed in a fire extinguisher was primed to explode during a recent police recruitment meeting at a Derry hotel, a court has heard. Darren(...)

Doctors’ organisations argue the payments do not take into account practice expenses and overheads and therefore do not represent income for individual GPs.  Photograph: PA

The State’s 100 top-earning GP practices and co-operatives shared gross payments of almost €50 million from the HSE during 2014, according to the late(...)

Simon Zebo moves to fullback for Munster’s Guinness Pro 12 trip to play Edinburgh on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley is able to call upon a number of Ireland internationals as they make their first appearance of the season for the provi(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo scores his side’s  fifth try of the Pro12 game against Ulster at  Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Munster assistant coach Brian Walsh said it is inevitable that any of their star players coming out of contract will be linked to moves to other clubs(...)

Archbishop of Tuam   Michael Neary: “None of us should entrust the decisions of our conscience to another on issues like this which are, literally, matters of life and death,” he wrote in a letter  to Enda Kenny at height of the controversy over the Government’s abortion legislation. Photograph: Frank Miller

  An archbishop contacted the Taoiseach at the height of the controversy over the Government’s abortion legislation, saying he hoped Enda (...)

I met a man at a noisy book launch recently. He said a “friend who lives in London” wondered why I only review restaurants 15 minutes from my house(...)

James (Tex) Callaghan  after receiving details yesterday that his home at Menlo will be seriously affected by the proposed bypass. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

NUI Galway, Ballybrit racecourse and a number of residents have expressed disappointment at the proposed route for a €500 million bypass for Galway. (...)