Seán Haughey and Deirdre Heney:  The former junior minister  lost the Dublin Bay North selection convention to Dublin city councillor Deirdre Heney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A meeting of senior Fianna Fáil strategists next weekend is to begin finalising the party’s approach to candidates and tickets for the general electi(...)

Unionists Christopher and Michael McGimpsey: took out legal case in Dublin. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The “McGimpsey case” that challenged the legality of the Anglo-Irish Agreement concerned the British government in 1987, declassified files reveal. In(...)

RUC chief constable Sir John Hermon: said  ‘little or no’ intelligence  provided by Garda. Photograph: Pacemaker

The RUC was dissatisfied at the level of co-operation from the Garda Síochána during Charles Haughey’s minority administration, previously confidentia(...)

The Charente river at Jarnac: a town of grandiose sandstone buildings, Cognac warehouses and pretty streets

It was late evening on day three of a cruising trip down the River Charente. The sun had finally come out as we passed through the last lock and en(...)

Seal of approval: they are amiable but keep your distance. Illustration: Michael Viney

The distant, Labradorian regard from a grey seal or two will furnish a holiday memory for many who walk the cliffs and coves of the Wild Atlantic Way (...)

Sound reasons for surfacing: beached whales. Illustration: Michael Viney Sound reasons for surfacing: beached whales. Illustration: Michael Viney

In summer the sound of the sea drifts up to us from the srútha, where the mountain river, looping the strand, runs finally into the waves. What keeps (...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern photographed in his office in 2001. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Bertie Ahern was one of the most popular and successful politicians in the history of the Irish state. He won three general elections in a row between(...)

Liam Ó Murchú made people who had little knowledge of Irish believe they did have the language. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Liam Ó Murchú, who has died aged 86, was widely known as a TV broadcaster and author but will be best remembered as a champion of the Irish language. (...)

 Seán Haughey: surprisingly defeated by Deirdre Heney at the Fianna Fáil convention for the Dublin Bay North constituency.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is likely to add former junior minister Seán Haughey to a general election ticket following his surprise defeat at a constituency selectio(...)

‘Larry Goodman’s fortune in the 1980s was built on his brilliant and relentless use of the massive EU and State subsidies available to the beef industry.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

I have never taken LSD but Irish politics reminds me that I don’t need to. The flashbacks to bad trips keep coming without chemical assistance. A liti(...)