Defeated Labour TD Anne Ferris: “Losing your seat is a blow to your self-confidence. I have now joined the ranks of the unemployed and I am hoping something will turn up.’’ Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Defeated Labour Wicklow TD Anne Ferris felt a deep sadness when she recently closed her constituency office in Bray. “We were still getting telephone(...)

 Labour leader Joan Burton during an election event in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton has said Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams does not “get” economic matters. She said the Sinn Féin leader was not (...)

Dumbing down apartment design

Nobody would wish to revert to the era of “shoebox flats”, of the type turned out in such large numbers by Zoe Developments Ltd, the principal vehicle(...)

Judge Patrick McCartan outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge Patrick McCartan (62) was best known in the earlier part of his career as a left-wing politician and as principal of a prominent criminal law pr(...)

Downsizing apartments

Dublin City Council’s climbdown from the high standards it had set for apartment design just a few years ago is already being seen as a shameless capi(...)

Róisín Ingle with former Labour deputy leader and novelist Liz McManus

Former Labour deputy leader and novelist Liz McManus has said she is in favour of gender quotas in the Dáil. “I think a lot of people have come(...)

Liz McManus: the former TD has returned to writing after 18 years. Photograph: Eric Luke

Let’s talk about shape. Not the kale-munching, juice-pressing, kettle-bell hell of last month but shape as it relates to fiction: the tone and text(...)

Full list of candidates The local elections in Wicklow won’t lack for talking points on Friday. Charlie Keddy is continuing his practice of(...)

Ming gets a gong for bringing the spirit of Christmas hospitality onto the floor. Photograph: Frank Miller

Politician of the Year We had intended giving it to Ming Flanagan. But somebody seems to have quashed the award on his behalf. He’ll have to (...)