John O’Donoghue: Fools & Mad is a book-length poem that satirises the Celtic Tiger debacle through the mouths of 12 of Ireland’s most prominent poets, from James Joyce and WB Yeats back to Oscar Wilde, James Clarence Mangan and Brian Merriman to Mad Sweeney

When I was a small boy my mother used to tell me what life was like for her in the early years of the Free State. She said that during the winter mont(...)

The State Solicitor for west Cork has told the High Court he was asked by a garda to contact the then minister for justice with a view to getting the Director of Public Prosecutions to charge Ian Bailey (above) in connection with the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Former Director of Public Prosecutions Eamonn Barnes has told the High Court the State Solicitor for west Cork told him he was asked by a senior Garda(...)

The funeral of former Kerry South TD Jackie Healy-Rae is led by Jackie’s pony ‘Peig’ past his pub in Kilgarvan village. Photograph: Eamonn Keogh/MacMonagle

He was buried wearing the cap. It could not have been any other way. Charlie Chaplin had his bowler. John Wayne had his Stetson. And Jackie Healy-Rae (...)

“I kind of do the work as opposed to saying what I want to be.” Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice, visiting the Learning for Life centre in Esker Hill, Lucan. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘She does ‘mumsy’ well”, murmurs an observer, watching the local TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, drive off after declari(...)

John O’Donoghue

With a twinkle in his eye, an impish grin framed by two of the deepest dimples seen on TV, John O’Donoghue who has died at 82, was a shining light of (...)

Senator Rónán Mullen speaking to asylum seakers in direct provision at Mosney and Portlaoise Maurice Kiesse, Patricia Murambinda, and Gerald Musekiwa. Photograph: Alan Betson

Protests by asylum seekers in the State’s direct provision system are spreading as residents in a fifth centre in just over a week demonstrated ove(...)

Senator Rónán Mullen speaking to assylum seakers in Direct Provision at Mosney and Portlaoise (LtoR) Hamalys Akyamba, Ben Kwanzi, Maurice Kiesse, Greg Straton Director of SPIRASI, Patricia Murambinda, Gerald Musekiwa, and Robert Fimbo from Zimbabwe and DRC before a private members motion in the Seanad on the day the Dáil returned to business after the summer recess. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Asylum seekers at a second Cork reception centre have begun a protest at the direct provision system - the fifth such centre nationally to see protest(...)

John O’Donoghue, who resigned as ceann comhairle in October 2009 and lost his Dáil seat two years later, has made no secret of his desire to secure a nomination to contest the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil has become privately dismissive of former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s chances of securing a party nomination to contest the new K(...)

Shane Ross: he’s quite good at getting back to people when he wants to. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shane Ross says he doesn’t own a mobile phone. Nobody believes him. But the Independent deputy for Dublin South swears it’s true. So it mus(...)

Full list of candidates Dynastic politics are a strong feature of the battle for seats on Kerry County Council.   The outcome will(...)