Former taoiseach Albert Reynolds picks up a few tips from Margaret Murphy and Mary Tuite, both of Ardcath, Co Meath, at the opening day of the 2005 Galway Races. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

“I am a risk-taker”. At first, I thought this was just harmless bravado on Albert’s part. But I soon learned he would hazard all, even being Taoiseach(...)

Photograph: Matt Kavanagh 6th  An image from September 1994 showing the then taoiseach Albert Reynolds (centre) shaking hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams (left) and SDLP leader John Hume outside Government Buildings after a discussion of ways to advance the peace process following the IRA’s ceasefire announcement of August 31st. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Albert Reynolds, like his British counterpart at the time John Major, may never have obtained the profile of some of the celebrated and notorious poli(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Minister of State Paschal Donohoe, who made the challenge during a debate about depoliticising how the judiciary is selected.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Minister of State Paschal Donohoe challenged the Opposition to name a court ruling that had been influenced by the method of a(...)

Dr Eamonn Moloney, consultant psychiatrist, Cork University Hospital; Prof Veronica O’Keane, consultant psychiatrist, Tallaght Hospital and TCD; and Dr Yolande Ferguson, consultant psychiatrist, Tallaght Hospital, attending Monday’s hearing of the Oireachtas health committee.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The principal outcome of the three days of abortion hearings at the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children was that the agenda has moved o(...)