Political correspondents come back from their long-range patrols of the Kildare Street jungle with thousand-yard stares and wearing necklaces made of ears – the ears of the nameless politicians who confide in them. They know where this is going.

The present stalemate in Leinster House has a grim historical precedent. From September 1939 to June 1940 the armies of western Europe faced each ot(...)

Milo O’Shea in 1983. The Irish actor died in New York earlier this week at the age of 86. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Milo O’Shea, the well-known stage, film and television actor, who died on Tuesday aged 86, had a phenomenal memory. Sharing a dressing r(...)