Former Fianna Fáil minister of state John O’Leary  has claimed a meeting he had with Charlie Haughey led him to believe the former taoiseach was aware of the tapping of journalists’ telephones

A former Fianna Fáil minister of state has claimed a meeting he had with Charlie Haughey led him to believe the former taoiseach was aware of the tapp(...)

John O’Leary (left),  a Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry South from 1966 to 1997 and a minister of state from 1977 to 1979, with Charles Haughey. Mr O’Leary says in his memoirs that Haughey could be vindictive and many of his supporters were thugs. Photograph: On The Doorsteps, Memoirs of a long-serving TD.

Former taoiseach Charles Haughey could be vindictive and many of his supporters were thugs, a former Fianna Fáil minister of state has claimed in his (...)

Olympic silver medalist Kenny Egan: now an elected city councillor for Fine Gael.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An acquaintance burrowed into the GAA deeper than an All-Ireland winning tick assures me a prominent player will soon be revealed as a Dail election c(...)

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 (...)

Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83 , was a colourful and wily grassroots politician who achieved significant national influence as an Independent TD supporting minority Fianna Fail-led governments. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83 , was a colourful and wily grassroots politician who achieved significant national influence as an Independent(...)

 Shane Lowry  on the seventh tee during  his  first-round match of the World Match Play Championship at The London Club yesterday. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

I got a snapshot of my past on Tuesday as I arrived into the London Club, driving back through the gates down by the 10th and the 18th holes where I w(...)

To mark Irish Cancer Week, Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Cancer Society are collaborating on their key annual conferences. This means the confe(...)

Salutes you, sir: Dave Grohl of Nirvana on McCurtain Street, Cork, when the band played at Sir Henrys, supporting Sonic Youth, in August 1991. Photograph: Siobhan O’Mahony/UCC

The Mekons played at Sir Henrys on Sunday, February 6th, 1994. It was my first night DJ’ing at the venue. Hardly anyone was there for the first hour o(...)

Pádraig Harrington at Fota Island: “I believe the performances are there and that I can do the job going forward.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The collective noun for golfers is a lie. Google says so. That may be accurate, incorrect or just plain whimsy but it should be true if it’s not. I(...)

Tallaght District Court judge Anthony Halpin, who has been asked to withdraw or clarify his “intemperate remarks”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Tallaght District Court judge Anthony Halpin has been asked to withdraw or clarify his comment following a case in which the d(...)