‘I couldn’t imagine anything more exciting than politics.’ Betty Purcell at her home in Ranelagh, Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator

Betty Purcell is slight, very warm and always engaging. Sitting in the bright kitchen of her house in Ranelagh, it is strange to think how many(...)

The medal celebrates the work of an Irish scientist or engineer living and working in the US

The winner of the first St Patrick’s Day Science Medal has made major discoveries, includ(...)

Frank Flannery, who has resigned from his roles as a director of organisation and director of elections with Fine Gael, at the party’s recent ardfheis. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery now faces the prospect of moves to compel him to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) (...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny with (from left) Phil Hogan, Richard Bruton and Frank Flannery, director of elections, at the launch of the party’s local election manifesto in Dublin back in May 2009. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Every year, long-established companies, institutions and so on disappear without trace. In many ways, we have been blinkered.(...)

Suzanne Costello, from Dublin South East: “I am not sure people realise just how tough it is if you are poor, sick or unemployed.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The mood among delegates at the Fine Gael Ardfheis was upbeat, although concerns were expressed about issues such as the health services and yo(...)

After three years of office in a time of austerity, Enda Kenny is in remarkably good political shape as he faces this weekend’s Fine Gael Ardfh(...)

Paul O’Connell (right) with Anthony Foley (left) and Rob Penney. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Having recovered from the initial “shock” of hearing Rob Penney is to leave Munster, Paul O’Connell yesterday put his significant weight behind Anthon(...)

Increasing Euroscepticism and anti-immigrant nationalism are two “interlinking trends”
with each feeding off the other across the community
, ormer EU commissioner and attorney general Peter Sutherland said, delivering the third annual Dr Garret FitzGerald me

Ireland must be “unambiguously committed” to further European Union integration at a time when resurgent nationalism could “fatally undermine” the ent(...)

Former CRC chairman Hamilton Goulding stands in front of a portrait of the CRC’s founder Lady Valerie Goulding at his home in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Photograph: Joe Dunne

The former chairman of the Central Remedial Clinic board has said the controversy surrounding the €742,000 severance package for former chief executiv(...)

Lucinda Creighton TD with her husband, Senator Paul Bradford, outside Leinster House last summer. Photograph: Alan Betson

If Lucinda Creighton and the Reform Alliance can do as well in attracting public support as they have done so far in generating publicity they could b(...)

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