Fianna Fáil’s Nioclás Ó Conchúbhair: ‘The word I am hearing is that we did better than expected, and why would we blow that now?’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

There are few in Connemara who can define realpolitik better than former Fianna Fáil senator Nioclás Ó Conchúbhair. Ó Conchúbhair was appointed to (...)

Newly elected Independent TD for Galway West Catherine Connolly has said she will not return to the Labour Party which she quit a decade ago, and says(...)

St Patrick’s Boys’ National School in Galway city ran their own unofficial plebiscite, hosted by sixth class. Image: Google Streetview

Shock result – a Fine Gael senator tops the poll and Labour hangs on to its seat in Galway West. And Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív loses out to a rival(...)

Outgoing Fine Gael TDs Seán Kyne and John O’Mahony are set to come in behind Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuív for the second and third seats in Galway West

Fine Gael and Sinn Féin look set to be the main beneficiaries in Galway West with John O’Mahony poised to make a successful transfer from his former c(...)

Clockwise from top left, Alex Barclay, Marty Whelan, Louise Phillips and Kevin Barry

  Alex Barclay My livingroom bookshelves are my favourite part of the house. They arrived as big, filthy, spider-covered pieces of oak(...)

 David Drumm pictured in 2005 at the announcement of  Anglo’s results in 2005 . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Simon Carswell Washington Correspondent David Drumm’s hiring this year of a Boston lawyer better known for her high-profile white-collar criminal defe(...)

Sean O’Rourke: his no-nonsense interview style sometimes comes across as heavy-handed

Talk about returning from holidays and feeling like you’ve never been away. Listeners to Today With Sean O’Rourke (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) expecting(...)

“We could have won four of five All-Irelands in a row,”says Galway’s two-time All-Ireland winner (1987 and ’88) Tony Keady, seen here during the 1990 All-Ireland hurling final loss to Cork. Photograph: Inpho

“Twenty-seven years? It is frightening,” Tony Keady acknowledges on a soaking lunchtime in Oranmore, his voice bouncing around the empty classroom of (...)

A real treat in the foothills of the Burren is Hazel Mountain Chocolates, a quirky cafe with gluten free cakes and pastries in a 1950s cottage frontin(...)

Refreshingly unconventional: Belinda Bauer. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

The 13th novel in the Charlie Parker series, John Connolly’s A Song of Shadows (Hodder & Stoughton, €22.50) opens in the remote Maine coastal town(...)