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 (...)