US senator Edward Kennedy: He played a key role in Northern Ireland, voicing concerns about the violence from the early 1970s through to the early 1990s. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Throughout the difficult negotiations leading to the 1998 Belfast Agreement, then taoiseach Bertie Ahern kept in regular contact with US senator Edwar(...)

The value to the Garda of mining data one even one phone in an inquiry is significant. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

When it emerged in the early 1980s that journalists’ phones had been tapped, a fierce political and policing storm ensued. A month after the news brok(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sligo was to the fore on the political radar this week, what with the Cabinet decamping for a day to Lissadell House and Senator Marc MacSharry turnin(...)

Aidan Gillen: In his latest film, Mark Noonan’s You’re Ugly Too, he plays a troubled man, recently released from prison, who is forced to care for his alert, back-talking niece. Photograph: Reuters

Aidan Gillen is a versatile sort of fellow. Now 47, the Dubliner has barely rested since signing up with Dublin Youth Theatre three decades ago. He(...)

Peter Cassells: “There was actually a point where Dick Spring asked for that Monday to be declared a public holiday but Charlie Haughey basically told him to go to hell.”

“I’m one of the ones with regrets,” says Peter Cassells. “I regret that I didn’t just sell the fridge and go; or that I wasn’t of the ones that went(...)

Game Of Thrones featuring Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. Photograph: HBO Enterprises publicity shot.

It was a nerve-wracking day for a Game of Thrones watcher. I spent it wondering what plot twist the scriptwriters would deliver in the final episode o(...)

Glory years: Alfie Byrne, nicknamed ‘the shaking hand of Dublin’ because of his relentless canvassing

He was elected lord mayor of Dublin a record 10 times. He was also an MP, a TD and a senator. Such was his popularity that he once looked likely to b(...)

Millstream on Baskin Lane: believed to have an asking price of €2 million. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

Millstream on Baskin Lane, home to Ciarán Haughey, son of former taoiseach Charlie Haughey, has been placed on the market through Goffs Country Pro(...)

Last month Mr Browne clashed with Jerry Beades of the New Land League, telling him repeatedly to ‘shut up’ after Mr Beades described solicitor Brian O’Donnell’s Gorse Hill home in Killiney as ‘bog standard’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times 3:53

Siptu general president Jack O’Connor walked off a live television discussion on the Tonight with Vincent Browne Show on TV3 on Thursday after allegin(...)

Enda Kenny: Fished out a substantial sheaf of paper from his folder and gave the Dáil a history of the many unsuccessful attempts by various taoisigh and ministers to institute an awards system. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Taoiseach will not be wearing a row of 40 medals on his chest to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. We say “he,” but that all depends(...)