One of the most significant things the Republic could do now is to move on from commemorating the men and women of 1916 and continue to build on what (...)

Seanad hopeful Laura Harmon:  “I want to be a Senator who represents the views of modern Ireland.” Photograph: Conor McCabe

Former Union of Students in Ireland (USI) president Laura Harmon has announced that she will stand as an Independent candidate for the National Univer(...)

Alice Mary Higgins (left) of the National Women’s Council of Ireland with  Orla O’Connor: Ms Higgins has announced she is to run for the Seanad. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Alice Mary Higgins, the daughter of President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Coyne, is to run for the Seanad. The UCD English and philosophy graduate, (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: his every utterance and dramatic pause was inevitably analysed for signs that they contained an election timing strategy hidden within. Photograph:   Gareth Chaney Collins

The media has been itching for a general election in November, not caring who sees it scratch. “Extraordinary media frenzy about election timing – cre(...)

Lambstown Little, Killurin: €545,000, REA McCormack Corish
Three to buy in Wexford

Lambstown Little, Killurin €545,000 REA McCormack Corish Set on two acres of lawns with a sweeping driveway, this new property, built in (...)

Children from St Columba’s National School in Dublin taking part in a Fighting Words workshop. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

While the dispute over reform of the junior cycle continues, preparations are under way for further short courses under the new curriculum. The(...)

The Irish Hospitals’ Sweepstakes building in Ballsbridge in 1984: plans were being made for a State takeover of the company. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Garret FitzGerald initially backed the idea of nationalising the Irish Sweepstakes when he was taoiseach, despite its troubled financial history. A(...)

 The grotto in Granard, Co Longford, where 15-year-old Ann Lovett died after giving birth 30 years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In 1984, Ann Lovett, a 15-year-old girl, died alone after giving birth beside a Marian grotto in Co Longford. Her baby son died shortly after. It was (...)

Playful air: John Murray’s jolly front belies his ability for acute observations

In the uncertain world of radio, where positions are constantly under scrutiny and quarterly listenership figures cause ripples of anxiety, admitting (...)

Fine Gael director of elections  Richard Bruton (left),  Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter take part in a photocall calling for a Yes vote in the referendums. Photograph: PA

2011: Fine Gael election manifesto promises to call a referendum to abolish the Seanad.April 11th, 2013: Former tánaiste and attorney general Michael (...)