Eoghan Ó Neachtain assisting German chancellor Angela Merkel in  Dublin in 2008. Photograph: Eric Luke

A former government press secretary who served three different taoisigh has been appointed as a director of a public relations company with strong Fin(...)

The Government has shelved plans to reduce the higher rate of income tax in favour of cuts to the unpopular Universal Social Charge in the pre-election budget. Photograph: Getty Images

The Coalition has dropped plans to reduce the higher rate of income tax in favour of cuts to the unpopular Universal Social Charge in the pre-election(...)

Sally (left), Jill (right) and Hilary O’Herlihy, daughters and wife of Bill O’Herlihy at the funeral Mass of the RTÉ presenter at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in  Foxrock, south Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Together for the last time, they moved slowly towards the church door as the funeral bell tolled. And in our imagination, we half expected to hear Joh(...)

Bill O’Herlihy: his courtesy generated a co-operative equanimity, even in the face of turbo-charged egos and sharp disagreements. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Bill O’Herlihy, who has died aged 76, was a journalist whose career, stretching over print and broadcast media for more than half a century, was as le(...)

Sally, Jill and Hilary O’Herlihy, daughters and wife of Bill O’Herlihy at the funeral mass of the RTÉ presenter at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The funeral has taken place of the broadcaster Bill O’Herlihy who died suddenly this week at the age of 76. The congregation at a packed Our Lady of (...)

The funeral mass of Bill O’Herlihy will take place on Friday at 11.30am at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The funeral mass of Bill O’Herlihy will take place on Friday at 11.30am at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Foxrock in Dublin. He will b(...)

Bill O’Herlihy at the launch of his autobiography in 2012, We’ll Leave it There So,  with his wife Hilary and his daughters Sally Conlon (left) and Jill O’Herlihy-Ryan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Bill O’Herlihy, who died yesterday aged 76, had a remarkable career as a newspaper journalist, broadcaster, PR consultant and political adviser. A na(...)

Eamon Dunphy with Bill O’Herlihy in 2010. File photograph: Collins.

Politicians, colleagues and friends of the late Bill O’Herlihy have paid tribute to his good nature, professionalism and ability as a broadcaster. The(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s party has no female TD and no TD in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The most significant speech of Micheál Martin’s leadership of Fianna Fáil was a low-key affair before a small crowd in the Tipperary village of Ragg o(...)

Simon Coveney: said work had begun on a manifesto last summer and would only have to be updated if an election was called in the morning, although it is not due until spring 2016. Photograph:  Collins

Fine Gael already has a campaign plan for the next general election in place, and its manifesto must be finalised before the summer, a special meeting(...)