Jim Downey: September 20th, 1933-April 21st, 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

James Downey, who has died aged 82, was one of the leading journalists of his generation. His elegant prose graced the pages of The Irish Times until (...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.  Photograph Maxpix

The shape of things to come is emerging slowly as the 32nd Dáil prepares to meet for the second time today. There will be a new national coalition g(...)

Current and former female members of the Oireachtas in Leinster House. Photograph: Houses of the Oireachtas collection

People have long debated the reasons for the lack of women in Irish politics. This time, voters have a real choice to correct the gender imbalance, i(...)

The Sunday Press was “a family, a very dysfunctional one at times, but [Willie Collins] loved every minute of his working life and all the people at Burgh Quay” [Irish Press group offices above]. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The late Willie Collins was no fan of emotional eulogies. “He had a strong view that in the eyes of God everybody is equal in death,” said son Stephen(...)

A file image from 2007 of then Fianna Fail director of elections PJ Mara at an election press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The  Irish Times

PJ Mara, who died on Friday, proved himself to be the one of the most effective campaign directors in Irish political history. He had a number of cha(...)

A file image of PJ Mara from 1983. He was Charles Haughey’s press officer and confidant in the 1980s and Bertie Ahern’s director of elections for each of the three-in-a-row victories between 1997 and 2007. File photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

PJ Mara was a flamboyant, larger-than-life character who played a central role in Fianna Fáil for more than three decades. He was Charles Haughey’s (...)

 Joe Ainsworth: a creative and sometimes brilliant career policeman who seemed destined to lead the Garda Síochána. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Joe Ainsworth, who has died aged 88, was a creative and sometimes brilliant career policeman who seemed destined to lead the Garda Síochána. Bu(...)

File photograph of the Aga Khan with Shergar.

Secret embassy files about the stolen racehorse Shergar, information about US military aircraft landing at Irish airports and files about telephone ta(...)

Emergence of new documents have  cast doubt over whether the  remains of Poet WB Yeats are buried in Co Sligo. Photograph: Getty

Students arriving for the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo this weekend will continue to visit the poet’s grave in Drumcliffe, according to (...)

The value to the Garda of mining data one even one phone in an inquiry is significant. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

When it emerged in the early 1980s that journalists’ phones had been tapped, a fierce political and policing storm ensued. A month after the news brok(...)