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 (...)

Des Hanafin: accused the Government of running a “cynical and bullying” campaign, which had “been marked by misinformation and a refusal to debate”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Six former government ministers have called for a Yes vote in the Seanad referendum campaign.In a cross-party alliance Des O’Malley (FF and PDs), Alan(...)

Alan Dukes was one of six former ministers who called for a Yes vote in the Seanad referendum. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Six former government ministers have today called on voters to support the abolition of the Seanad.They are Alan Dukes and Gemma Hussey (FG), Des O’Ma(...)