An echo from a grubby past

‘Low standards in high places”, was the accusation hurled by the late George Colley against his political rival Charlie Haughey. It had little effect.(...)

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, a key figure in Germany’s triumph,  with  the World Cup trophy after last Sunday’s victory in Rio. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

As the World Cup begins, Joachim Löw is the longest-serving manager in the tournament, but he’s still pondering a question that probably should hav(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry said Fianna Fáil would have to deal with ‘legacy issues’ in the banking inquiry . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Fianna Fáil Senator whose appointment to the banking inquiry caused controversy has said his party will have “legacy issues” to deal with when the(...)

Luke Ming Flanagan in a count centre in Cavan. He is  on course for a European Parliament seat in Midlands North West. Photograph: Aine McMahon

The electorate has bluntly told the Government parties it is no longer prepared to pay what they have presented as the “present price for our future p(...)

Mary Fitzpatrick: Fianna Fáil candidate canvassing in Stillorgan, yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mary Fitzpatrick is a rare breed politician. Consigned to the Endangered Species Enclosure in City Hall thanks to the disastrous council elections in (...)

Atypical tiger: Alan Shatter in 2011. Photograph: David Sleator

In February 1979, when he was minister for health, Charlie Haughey rose in the Dáil and proclaimed that he had found “an Irish solution to an Irish pr(...)

In 1983, Colm Ó Briain, then director of the Arts Council, said: ‘The danger is that in 30 years’ time [Aosdána] may be a stagnant establishment, a clique-ridden operation.’ Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Aosdána is in the news again. And if you’re in Aosdána, or a great fan of Aosdána, that’s not good news. Aosdána is a self-electing, self-governing el(...)

A chara, – I have been asked by a number of people to correct the account given in the article by Ann Marie Hourihane, (“Betty Purcell: war sto(...)

Dr Michael Smurfit never spoke to former taoiseach Charlie Haughey again after he said he should “step aside” in 1991 as chairman of Telecom Éireann

Dr Michael Smurfit never spoke to former taoiseach Charlie Haughey again after he said he should “step aside” in 1991 as chairman of Telecom Éi(...)

Patrick Nulty: will scuttle off into that murky place in our consciousness reserved for public figures who once did something wrong, only no one can quite remember what. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Patrick Nulty’s behaviour – sending creepy Facebook messages to female constituents, including one of 17 – was sordid and wrong. Once it had be(...)