Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly with  Aoife (9) and Cathal Gray (7) from Ringsend, Dublin, after the plain-packaging Bill was passed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government is prepared for a legal challenge from tobacco companies following the expected enactment of its plain-packaging Bill last night. Min(...)

Aidan Gillen (left) plays late former taoiseach Charles Haughey (right) in RTÉ1’s ongoing drama, Charlie. Photographs: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times/RTÉ 2:11

The final episode of RTÉ1’s Charlie, exploring the wiles and ways of late former Fianna Fáil taoiseach Charles Haughey, screens on Sunday night, Ja(...)

Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83 , was a colourful and wily grassroots politician who achieved significant national influence as an Independent TD supporting minority Fianna Fail-led governments. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83 , was a colourful and wily grassroots politician who achieved significant national influence as an Independent(...)

Screengrab from the suicide-prevention campaign

The first commercial-scale suicide-prevention communications campaign rolls out this week with Little Things, a multimedia campaign created by Dublin (...)

Gerry Collins:  ‘There is a natural sympathy for the Scots in Ireland.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Former minister for foreign affairs Fianna Fáil’s Gerry Collins has backed Scottish independence, saying small countries have “no baggage”, are “am(...)

Family: Gerry Collins with his wife, Delly, and children Stephen, Ciara and Lisa. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Don’t smoke, don’t start and, for those who have, stop.” Gerry Collins delivered his message in an HSE advert shown during RTÉ’s (...)

Gerry Collins, from Wicklow, had  terminal lung cancer caused by smoking .Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times 0:37

Anti-smoking campaigner Gerry Collins died surrounded by family yesterday morning. The 57-year-old from Greystones, Co Wicklow was the fa(...)

A Wicklow man suffering from terminal lung cancer will feature on a series of TV, radio and online advertisements aimed at encouraging people not to s(...)

Late Garda commissioner Eugene Crowley

The Smithwick report into the IRA killings of Chief Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan was critical about how the late Garda commissioner Eugene C(...)

 US ambassador Margaret Heckler at Áras an Uachtaráin presenting her credentials to president Patrick Hillery. Photograph: Pat Langan

Gerry CollinsIn July 1989, the new minister for foreign affairs Gerry Collins took US ambassador Margaret Heckler aside at his initial meeting with th(...)