Jim McGuire was a dynamic force in regional journalism in a career spanning more than 60 years.

Jim McGuire, who has died in Ballina, Co Mayo, aged 85, was a dynamic force in regional journalism in a career spanning more than 60 years.McGuire was(...)

 John Parker  (left), believed the issue of violence against rank-and-file gardaí needed to be more urgently addressed than ever. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Taser stun guns should be available more widely to respond to the estimated 1,000 attacks carried out on gardaí each year, the Garda Representa(...)

Canon Michael Cassidy, the priest who spearheaded a human rights campaign for Irish migrant workers in the potato fields of Scotland in the ear(...)

Frank Flannery (above)  was appointed chairman of the Forum on  Philanthropy by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some members of the Government-appointed Forum on Philanthropy expressed concern about an initiative led by its chairma(...)

A London Metropolitan Police officer watches a  Connacht championship GAA  game between London and Sligo in Ruislip, Middlesex. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

On a number of occasions since Michael D Higgins’s inauguration, the President of Ireland has spoken about the key role that personal narrative(...)

Ted Nealon who has died, aged 84, was immersed in politics all his life. It was a fascination that led him first into political journalism in print an(...)

Doolough Pass: a work of winter theatrical light. Painting: Michael Viney

One day soon I must paint something big and red. Otherwise what were they for, these pricey tubes of alizarin and cadmium red deep? A little alizarin (...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said he had been recently confronted by somebody who had disparaged his understanding of poverty because of the perception that the constituency was part of the “Dublin 4 set”.

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has described his Dublin South-East constituency as “extending all the way from skid row to embassy row”.Speaking(...)

Very Extremely Dangerous

In recent years, Irish director Paul Duane has – whether on purpose or not – transformed himself into a cinematic champion of the neglected outsider. (...)

With natural wastage through Garda retirements of between 250 and 450 per year, numbers will fall below 13,000 before the first new Garda recruits take up their postings late next year or in early 2015.

The strength of the Garda Síochána is set to fall below the 13,000 stipulated by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan before recruitment resumes.Senior (...)