Miriam O’Callaghan is the proposed chair for the second televised debate, which is planned for the RTÉ studios without an audience. Photograph: Eric Luke.

RTÉ has proposed two live televised leaders’ debates during the general election – one involving seven parties, the other confined to the four big pa(...)

Martin McGuinness with masked IRA men at the funeral of Brendan Burns in 1988. File photograph: Pacemaker 1:34

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, has refused to say how many people he may have killed while a senior figure in the republica(...)

Pearse Doherty: “We will stop water charges and abolish the family home tax.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has claimed that Taoiseach Enda Kenny is trying to distract politicians and media by toying with the idea of a November election. The party (...)

Joan believes Enda is referring to the date of the general election. But then again, Joan is a martyr to the prolixity. It’s no surprise that these discussions go on for some time.  Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Joan Burton had a long conversation with Enda Kenny. “Next year,” said the Taoiseach as they parted. It seems they’ve had quite a few of these long ch(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was convinced other buildings throughout the country were in a similar condition to the Longboat Quay development. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was convinced other buildings throughout the country were in a similar condition to the Dublin apartment complex found to(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton  with Mairia Cahill, the party’s nominee for the Seanad by-election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Mairia Cahill has insisted she has no issue with Sinn Féin proposing a candidate to contest her in the Seanad by-election. Ms Cahill was unveiled as t(...)

Gerry Adams in Havana, Cuba: he said that while change in Cuba would present “many challenges, such challenges are part of revolutionary struggle,”  Photograph: Desmond Boylan/AP.

The people of Cuba have been vindicated by the recent change in US policy towards the island, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said on a visit to (...)

Tony O’Reilly: “If his commitment to free speech was merely a pose, the Sunday Independent gave plenty of opportunity to depose it.”

Tony O’Reilly had such a good press for so long that clawback was inevitable. Matt Cooper’s book The Maximalist has sparked many begrudging reviews. H(...)

Brian Friel: “He was, quite simply, a giant, not only of Irish, but of World Theatre,”  the Arts Council said in a statement. 2:04

One of Ireland’s best known playwrights and a ‘giant of world theatre’, Brian Friel has died aged 86 . He passed away on Friday morning. President Mi(...)

US senator Edward Kennedy: He played a key role in Northern Ireland, voicing concerns about the violence from the early 1970s through to the early 1990s. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Throughout the difficult negotiations leading to the 1998 Belfast Agreement, then taoiseach Bertie Ahern kept in regular contact with US senator Edwar(...)