Derek Hill painting a portrait of playwright and songwriter Sir Noël Coward

Derek Hill may not be a household name but he is one of a select few Englishmen granted honorary Irish citizenship. President Mary McAleese conferred (...)

Enda Kenny  will be watching the polls closely as his Government heads down the final straight. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians of all parties are doing their best to relax in the dog days of August in advance of the frenetic run-in to the general election, but spec(...)

Alexis Fitzgerald, with his wife, Mary Flaherty, at Leinster House. Photograph: Eric Luke

Timing and a little more electoral luck might well have secured Alexis FitzGerald, who has died aged 70, a senior role within Fine Gael in recent deca(...)

France still has a mission to civilise the world, and is utterly convinced she is right

1. LIVE FOR BEAUTY With the possible exception of Italy, no other nation has such a highly developed sense of aesthetics. The creation of beauty(...)

Sheila O’Leary, aged 93, in Dublin: ‘My father didn’t talk much about 1916. He talked more about the Boer War.’ 5:08

Sheila O’Leary is one of the few people, and probably the only one left alive, whose parents were both in the GPO during Easter 1916. Her father, Tho(...)

Nell McCafferty  outside the Criminal Courts of Justice on  Parkgate Street, Dublin:  she  concedes conditions are better but believes the building is far from ideal. “The thing that stood out for me, I cannot hear anything. You could hear everything in old Bridewell.” Photograph: Court Collins.

She is known as a social campaigner, a playwright and an outspoken feminist but Nell McCafferty first made her name as a District Court reporter for T(...)

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives for an EU summit at the EU Headquarters in Brussels this week. Photograph: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images

Back in 1991 I was being taught aspects of the history of European integration by an enthusiastic Europhile postgraduate student fond of quoting Jean (...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

Last October the Minister for Justice announced the appointment of a working group to examine what improvement should be made to the State’s direct pr(...)

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 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(...)