Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Hanafin canvasses resident Frank McGee  in the Park area of Cabinteely, in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On a cold, wet, dark February night five years ago, I drove out to Blanchardstown to meet a young Fianna Fáil councillor, David McGuinness. I was doin(...)

Aishling O’Herlihy, Susan Humphreys and Vivian O’Brien  at the launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day 2016. Photograph: Andres Poveda

The squall that buffeted the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) this week has its origins in recent controversies affecting the charity sector. All charities(...)

 Niamh Townsend of Dell  with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and John McCormack, chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society at the launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day 2016. Photograph:  Andres Poveda

Irish Cancer Society chief executive John McCormack is taking a €10,000 a year pay cut to help fund the charity’s financial support for the families o(...)

The best-known Irish musical name was that of tenor John McCormack (above), who abandoned the opera house in favour of a concert career

We’re in 2016, and the subject of 1916 is going to be with us for the duration, although the scars in Dublin seem minor compared with the war that wa(...)

Anthony Kearns: ‘I suppose music is the crowd-calmer before the pope. We are the peace-making force. Music tames the savage beast.’ Photograph: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol Concerts

At a ceremony in Philadelphia tomorrow afternoon, Irish tenor Anthony Kearns will be the opening act for one of the biggest events of his career. The (...)

The new treatment would be implemented in tandem with existing treatments, such as chemotherapy. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/File photo

Ireland will become the first country to do clinical trials using a new drug which could increase success rates in treating 25 per cent of breast canc(...)

Surrendering to the yarragh: Van Morrison at Orangefield High, his old school in Belfast, in August 2014. Photograph: Exile Productions

Van Morrison’s music as I hear it holds a story – a story made of fragments. There is in his music, from the very first, a kind of quest: for the m(...)

Tracey Thorn’s first book Bedsit Disco Queen was an understated chronicle of life as a musician. It wasn’t overtly confessional, but what made it so c(...)

The acquisition of one of the main independent investment advisers to credit unions should give Merrion a competitive foothold in the sector. Photograph: Thinkstock

Merrion Capital has acquired Le Chéile Financial Services, an investment adviser to the credit union sector, and has signalled that it plans a major (...)

 Irish Cancer Society volunteer May Ryan with “Daff Man” James Gilleran at the launch of the 28th Daffodil Day, which takes place on Friday, March 27th. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish people must continue their generosity in order to combat the worst effects of the country’s rapidly increasing cancer rates, according to Irish (...)