David Redmond in action for Oulart: “We have a better team now, a better balanced team than we ever did. And I think a kind of a stubbornness about us too.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

He’d been called a coward, a bottler, a loser and possibly even worse. Not directly to his face, although David Redmond would often hear those names (...)

David Bowie’s influential recordings were in short supply on Lyric and 2FM. Photograph: EPA/Maurizio Gambarini

As a presenter with the challenge of cheering up those souls up and about before 7am, Shay Byrne’s greatest asset is his sanguine affability. As he pl(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny’s party has moved to comply with gender rules. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael has agreed to add four female candidates to its general election ticket to ensure it meets gender quotas. Ennis-based councillor Mary Howar(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and Tánaiste Joan Burton with Ministers in the courtyard at Dublin Castle for the results of the referendum on same-sex marriage. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

From the start, Fine Gael and Labour flaunted their economic achievements and reassuring cohesion. It was all about offering Ongoing Mature Governan(...)

Brendan Howlin has said that Labour will not re-enter government ‘at any cost’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour will not re-enter government “at all costs” and must have enough TDs to ensure it has influence in any future coalition, one of the party’s mos(...)

Mo Flynn: Rehab Group had ’lost its way a little’. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Rehab Group experienced a drop off in donations of more than €2 million following controversy over pay and pension arrangements for top officals, (...)

Brendan Howlin (L): ‘Ireland needs this Government returned to office.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A vote transfer pact between Fine Gael and Labour is the “best way” for the Government to secure re-election, Minister for Public Expenditure and Refo(...)

Leaders confirmed they would advocate a return to power for the Coalition. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton have confirmed there will be no Mullingar Accord-type agreement in advance of the general election. The(...)

Labour has dismissed FG strategist Frank Flanney’s MacGill Summer School proposal of  a joint campaign for the general election. Photograph: The Irish Times

Labour Party TDs have expressed strong opposition to a suggestion by a Fine Gael strategist that both Coalition parties contest the election on a join(...)

Marriage is rarely one of true minds, and coalition partnerships are no exception. Invariably these are marriages more of convenience than of convicti(...)