A file image from 2007 of then Fianna Fail director of elections PJ Mara at an election press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The  Irish Times

PJ Mara, who died on Friday, proved himself to be the one of the most effective campaign directors in Irish political history. He had a number of cha(...)

A file image of PJ Mara from 1983. He was Charles Haughey’s press officer and confidant in the 1980s and Bertie Ahern’s director of elections for each of the three-in-a-row victories between 1997 and 2007. File photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

PJ Mara was a flamboyant, larger-than-life character who played a central role in Fianna Fáil for more than three decades. He was Charles Haughey’s (...)

Last month’s Dublin Pride was bigger than ever, following the Yes result in the marriage equality referendum. But the end of the Pride festival is (...)

  Less hideous than a garden gnome, more politically correct than a lawn jockey, the plastic flamingo has been flaunted in front gardens by the millions. File photograph: Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images

Don Featherstone did not invent Phoenicopterus ruber: nature took care of that eons ago. But what Featherstone did nearly six decades ago – in the pro(...)

Averil Power said Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is “a leader without any followers”. Photograph: Collins

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has said he regrets the decision by Senator Averil Power to resign from the party, but he rejected her criticisms an(...)

Which way? Yes and No posters on Merrion Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Senior Government figures are increasingly confident the same-sex marriage referendum will pass. Sources predict the Yes vote could be as high as 60 (...)

John Waters at a First Families First press conference in Dublin, May 19th, 2015. He  said the ruling of discrimination in the Ashers Bakery case was “indicative” of where society is headed.  “Will a Muslim baker have to accept an order for a cake with a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad; will a Jewish baker have to accept an order for a cake from a neo-Nazi group with a Swastika on it? Where will it end?” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The First Families First group advocating a No vote in the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum has said nobody has challenged their concerns o(...)

John Waters: says the same-sex marriage amendment would dilute concepts of a special procreative link between parents and children. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Won’t somebody please think of the children? As the marriage-equality referendum draws closer the anguished refrain of Helen Lovejoy, the minister’(...)

 Kathy Sinnott, John Waters and Gerry Fahey at the First Family First launch. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A group calling for a no vote in the forthcoming same sex marriage referendum has said the proposed amendment would be “an act of vandalism” agains(...)

Protestors pictured during a March for Marriage in Dublin organised by LGBT Noise. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Campaign groups are coalescing, raising funds and selecting their headquarters. Political parties are crunching the numbers. On both sides, internal d(...)