Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “Leo is very able and very bright but he doesn’t know the meaning of loyalty,” said one of his colleagues. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:09

The latest demarche from Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is being regarded by some of his Fine Gael ministerial colleagues as a coldly calculated att(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ball handling skills let him down during a nailbiting showdown in a local golf club. Photograph: Alan Betson

The two Michaels have been working very hard on our behalf in China this week. With a combined age of 144, the President and the Minister for F(...)

The RTÉ drama stars Aidan Gillen as Charlie Haughey. He is one of a number of present or former members of the ‘Love/Hate’ cast in the drama. 2:11

RTÉ has unveiled details of its three-part drama about the former Taoiseach Charles Haughey which will be broadcast in the New Year. Charlie fe(...)

World and Olympic champion Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan. Photograph: Getty Images.

After the disappointment of that kick-about in Glasgow on Friday, a change of sporting pace was required over the weekend, one where you wouldn’t be q(...)

Joe Walsh, who has died aged 71, was a long-serving Fianna Fáil minister in the Department of Agriculture who made his political peace with Charles Ha(...)

Ken Ryan and William Malone from The Abbey Stained Glass Studios giving The Harry Clarke Studios windows their final inspection before being reinstalled in the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary Convent in Cavan.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

They like cooking at The Abbey Stained Glass in old Kilmainham. Not food but glass, stained glass. In two massive ovens, one a baker’s oven salvage(...)

Miriam Lord outside Leinster House, where she has worked for ‘The Irish Times’ since 2006. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

So, somebody had the idea of putting some of my columns into a collection. I’d forgotten most of them: things happen, you move on.These pieces span th(...)

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(...)