Protesters battle  high winds and rain on Vinegar Hill, while taking part in a protests against pylons and wind turbines, at Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, last January. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

After the opening credits of his TV3 programme on Wednesday night, Vincent Browne took a swing at the Government at the end of one of the more chaste(...)

‘Butterfly Catchers’ (1999) by Hannah Starkey. Photograph courtesy of Maureen Paley Gallery

Northern Ireland was one of the most photographed places in the world during the Troubles. It was a relatively easy destination for photojournalist(...)

 A view of the par 4, 4th hole at The Old Head Golf Links towards the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

The glass half-full philosophy is back in Irish golf, it would seem. Where once you needed a magnifying glass to see any green shoots, the evid(...)

It’s been more than four months since the Seanad referendum, and demands for a new reformed chamber do not seem to be going away. The Government’s off(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone said the group’s reform proposals could be achieved by way of legislation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Six principles to reform the Seanad will be put forward today by the group Democracy Matters, which successfully opposed its abolition in last year’s (...)

Everyone, it seems, wants the game rigged their way. Before Christmas, I attended a broadcasting-related conference at which, after a couple of presen(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Finland’s Jyrki Katainen at a  European People’s Party (EPP) meeting in Helsinki in 2011. Dublin is to host the EPP’s pre-election conference in March. Photograph: Reuters

It is time to look again at the key events and issues – those of which we are aware – that will dominate Irish politics over the next 12 months. The s(...)

The announcement in the Dáil on December 17th by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter that the referendum on same-sex marriage will occur in 2015 will br(...)

Inheritors? Could voters who deserted Fianna Fáil in 2011 return to it at the next election? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

With speculation (at least in some media organisations) going into overdrive on the questions of whether, when and how a new political party might eme(...)

Here are your 11 ballot papers...Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

When you want to discover what a Government isn’t going to do, just read through its programme for government. Such documents are proof of the human (...)