A number of Labour figures have already pointed to Michael McDowell’s climb up a lamppost in Ranelagh in 2002  PHOTOGRAPH - FRANK MILLER

The Taoiseach has finally brought down the curtain on the 31st Dáil after what was probably the longest ever run-in to a general election. The terse(...)

Br Kevin Crowley: ‘This morning a family came in to me who were on the verge of being evicted. Six in the family and no food. Desperate. The wife was crying. The husband has lost his job.’ Photograph: David Sleator

The depth of the State’s economic recovery has been questioned by a Capuchin brother involved in feeding hundreds of people in Dublin every day. Br(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, his wife Fionnuala Kenny, with  the Taoiseach’s  brother Cllr Henry Kenny and his wife Maureen in Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar.  Photograph: Michael Donnelly

More than 400 of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s closest constituency supporters gathered in a Mayo hotel on Saturday night for a dinner to celebrate the 40(...)

The new governor of the Central Bank of Ireland is Dr Philip Lane (46), Whately professor of political economy at Trinity College Dublin. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

The Government has nominated economist Prof Philip Lane to succeed Patrick Honohan as governor of the Central Bank. Prof Lane (46) is the Whately cha(...)

The cortege makes its way through Blackrock village in Co Louth at the State funeral of Garda Anthony Golden. PPhotograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

The picturesque village of Blackrock on the shores of Louth’s Dundalk Bay came to a standstill as Garda Tony Golden made the journey to his final r(...)

Gardaí line the route of Garda Tony Golden’s funeral cortège in Blackrock, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A hero in the manner of his death while trying to save others, Garda Tony Golden was the quintessential protective big brother growing up in Farranoo,(...)

‘Migrants  and refugees board a train after they cross  the border between Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija.’  Photograph: EPA/NAKE BATEV

Once in a while, Seamus Heaney tells us, something can “catch the heart off guard and blow it open”. This time it was a picture of Aylan Kurdi, a well(...)

The new dahlia garden in Aras an Uachtarain, which contains several Irish-bed cultivars include Dahlia ‘John Markham’. Photograph: Richard Johnston

What does it feel like to have a plant named after you? Someone who knew the answer to that question was the late John Markham, the greatly respect(...)

‘Not to be outdone Sinn Féin staged its own elaborate re-enactment of the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa, featuring a large group of supporters wearing the uniforms of the Irish Volunteers and carrying replica guns.’ Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

The investigation into the killing of Kevin McGuigan in Belfast is raising uncomfortable questions for Sinn Féin, but it should also provoke some seri(...)

 Mary Robinson with Trócaire volunteer Daniel Cullen  at Maynooth University in June for a two-day conference on climate change. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), approved over the past two years by 195 governments, including Ir(...)