A dolphin and her  newborn calf: a report has found that ottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins and killer whales or orcas are under enormous threat from persistent pollutants.  Photograph: Isabel Baker/Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation

Man-made pollution is affecting the ability of marine mammals such as killer whales and dolphins to breed and may lead to the extinction of some speci(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien was among the coffin-bearers, as the remains of PJ Mara, the former government press secretary, were removed to St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

A Requiem Mass for Patrick Joseph (PJ) Mara, the former government press secretary and Fianna Fáil strategist, has taken place in Dublin. Former tao(...)

The late PJ Mara and former Fianna Fáil  leader Bertie Ahern, who said Mara was “able to handle almost any situation”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Tributes have been paid to Patrick Joseph (PJ) Mara, the former government press secretary and Fianna Fáil strategist, who died yesterday aged 73. Mr(...)

The former president’s family home, which will become the Mary Robinson Centre, in Ballina, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus.

A quarter of a century after her promise to keep a symbolic candle in the window of Áras an Uachtaráin, former president Mary Robinson has ou(...)

Dr Noel Browne, who died in 1997, at his home in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

SOCIALIST politician and health reformer Dr Noël Browne was both “mesmerising” and “infuriating”, and an “inveterate individualist”, a conference ma(...)

A Victorian 18-carat gold watch  with diamonds and pearls, circa 1900, estimated at €2,295 by Courtville Antiques

“A good piece of furniture, picture or a small piece of silver, even from a mercenary point of view, is a good investment, but more important, it is s(...)

James Stafford:  took over his family’s coal-importing business, transforming it into a major player in the coal market. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The businessman and art collector James Stafford, who has died aged 70, was a leading figure in the Irish business world in the 1970s and 1980s, who l(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey in 1986. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A British foreign office memo on the possible return to power of Charles Haughey as taoiseach in 1987 concluded that his “poor” record on the economy (...)

 Charles Haughey: ‘A highly pragmatic and astute politician with few scruples and a keen eye for the main chance,’ according to an NI official. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh

Northern Ireland officials viewed Charles J Haughey as “a highly pragmatic and astute politician” who had “few scruples” but had also laid the groundw(...)

Charles J Haughey was the last taoiseach who announced his intention of leading on in government for the foreseeable future. He was gone within months(...)