Childers Road is by far the most successful retail park in Limerick

Limerick housewife Dolores McNamara, who became one of Ireland’s richest people when she scooped €115 million in the biggest lotto jackpot in Europea(...)

L-R: John Leahy (Renua), Eoin O’Broin (Sinn Fein), Jack Chambers (Fianna Fail). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Maura Hopkins Fine Gael Hopkins is an unlikely candidate in Roscommon-East Galway. The party won two of the three seats in this constituency in the l(...)

JUNE: Clerys department store on O’Connell Street closes its doors for the last time. Photograph: Frank Miller

January A new year dawns with news that a long-time voice of the Irish consumer, Eddie Hobbs, is the new voice of Lucinda Creighton’s Renua.&nbs(...)

‘With its rotting fairytale castle, a duckpond featuring miniature boats full of refugees, a princess in a chariot crash being bombarded by paparazzi (above), and frowning staff, Dismaland is the latest in Banksy’s wry anti-establishment commentary battering his five favourite Cs: capitalism, conflict, conservatism, consumerism and celebrity.’ Photograph: REUTERS/Toby Melville

Over in Weston-Super-Mare, the artist Banksy has created a large installation in the form of a “bemusement park”. With its rotting fairytale castle, a(...)

Lucinda Creighton, leader of Renua Ireland,  during the party’s first think-in in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

When you have to endure them every September, you realise the term “political party think-in” does violence to the English language. Once upon a time(...)

 Lucinda Creighton and Declan Ganley at a Renua Ireland think-in in Wood Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Renua Ireland is working on a radical new policy that would see the introduction of a flat tax on all income, with bands and most allowances being scr(...)

Lucinda Creighton: “Fine Gael has become Fianna Fáil, full stop. I don’t see any difference.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

The optics are not ideal. The new party, determined not to be defined as the popish one, is sandwiched between a talk about thanksgiving letters to(...)

Back in the studio after his cycle into work, a more recognisable Pat Kenny returns, by turns informed, inquisitive and toe-curlingly awkward. Photograph: Frank Miller

All broadcasters worth their salt aspire to take the road less travelled and be different. But it’s understandable when, faced with the relentless (...)

Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly at yesterday’s launch of the Social Democrats. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One time an announcement by three sitting TDs that they were launching a new political party would have been a big news story. This week, when Catheri(...)

Renua Ireland president Eddie Hobbs said it was difficult for new parties to get up and running, indeed it was “near, but not quite, impossible”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Renua Ireland president Eddie Hobbs has appealed for €1 million in donations to fund the party’s general election campaign – with €20,000 being immedi(...)