The university will also host a live post-debate analysis show capturing commentator’s reactions which will be broadcast from campus directly after the debate. Photograph: Press 22

The University of Limerick will host the first ever RTE general election TV debate to be held outside Dublin. The event will be broadcast live from (...)

 President Michael D Higgins:  Central to what he describes as his “presidency of ideas” is a desire to challenge, to provoke, to question assumptions and orthodoxies. Photograph: Frank Miller

The role of president is rich in ambiguity. The Constitution lays down some things the holder of the office must do (appoint the taoiseach and governm(...)

A screengrab from Michael Healy-Rae’s election song ‘Make the Diff’. Photograph: Michael Healy-Rae/Youtube

Independent TD for South Kerry Michael Healy-Rae has released quite a catchy 2016 election song entitled Make The Diff, encouraging people to vote for(...)

In 1992, wind power was a very expensive technology but this did not stop some advocates suggesting an immediate large-scale adoption in Ireland. File photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

In 1992, when the problem of climate change was first beginning to attract major public attention, the ESB held a conference on using wind power to ge(...)

Dr Garret FitzGerald: in July 1985,  he received a letter written in French about “le film pornographic Hail Mary” was sent, from Knock, Co Mayo. His private secretary asked: “Should we reply in English, French or not at all?”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Concerns that a sex-shop chain would open branches in the Republic prompted strongly worded letters to Charlie Haughey and Garret FitzGerald from the(...)

Fluctuat Nec Mergitur: Paris’s motto – Latin for Tossed But Not Sunk – on the Eiffel Tower. Photograph: Reuters

In a week that has belonged to the events of Paris, there is often guilt in a radio presenter’s voice when a programme shifts to a lesser item. This m(...)

Peter Robinson: A one-time head of the Northern Ireland civil service described him as “somewhat scary.”Photo : Brian Lawless/PA Wire

During his four decades in Northern Ireland politics, Peter Robinson was seen as a cold fish rather than a people person, a figure who unlike his long(...)

A file image of Northern Ireland First Minister and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Peter Robinson who confirmed on Thursday he is to stand down from the role and as leader of the DUP.  Photograph: Reuters

Peter Robinson’s decision to stand down as DUP leader and First Minister is a big moment in Northern Ireland politics. It means unionism is losing its(...)

Colm Toibin: ‘I was editor of Magill at 27. I wrote my first novel as a way of keeping the daily business of Garret Fitzgerald and Charlie Haughey and all those stories at bay.’ Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI

Colm Tóibín is not just famous; he has a public persona. The red-framed spectacles that hang round the writer’s neck are not quite so well known as(...)

John O’Leary: believed that Charles Haughey was aware of the tapping of journalists’ phones in the early 1980s.  Photograph: Paddy Whelan

John O’Leary, who has died aged 82, was a former Fianna Fáil TD for the Kerry South constituency and minister of state at the Department of the Enviro(...)