Sinn Féiner of the Year: Party leader Gerry Adams for holding onto his position for 31 years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Politician of the year Independent TD for Kildare Catherine Murphy was on top of the water issue from the outset, pinpointing problems the Governmen(...)

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

Eamon Ó Cuiv: said he wanted the Minister to assure him the funding would continue after March

Inter-departmental discussions are under way on the funding of development companies in the non-Gaeltacht islands, Minister for the Environment Alan(...)

Minister Heather Humphreys with a German helmet now part of an exhibition at Glasnevin Cemetary, in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Thick black storm clouds gathered and the heavens opened yesterday afternoon just ahead of the Last Post being sounded at the Armistice Day commemo(...)

Joe McHugh: “I hope that my efforts will act as a catalyst to encourage people to use the language. I am determined to improve my own Irish language skills.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Reading some of the stories about Joe McHugh and his elevation to the ministerial ranks this week, you would be forgiven for thinking he had come d(...)

The conservative Catholic schoolteacher from Mayo stood by his sense of duty

They don’t make croziers like they used to. Never mind the belt of one – just the cold draught from an upward swing was once enough to cow entire gove(...)