The five acts in contention to carry Ireland’s Eurovision hopes to Vienna this year for the song contest’s 60th anniversary have been announced by RTÉ and can be  heard for the first time on The Ray D’arcy Show on RTÉ Radio One. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The five acts in contention to carry Ireland’s Eurovision hopes to Vienna this year for the song contest’s 60th anniversary have been announced by RTÉ(...)

 Dana Rosemary Scallon arriving for a presidential campaign debate in October 2011. That month she    spoke in interviews about “vile and malicious lies” going around about her family. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Sex abuse allegations against John Brown, Dana’s brother, may never have surfaced if the former Irish presidential candidate had not referred to them(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has criticised sectors of the Catholic press in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has criticised sectors of the Catholic press in Ireland, accusing them of displaying a “growing tend(...)