The Government appears to have taken the view that the political decontamination process of former Progressive Democrat minister Liz O’Donnell is complete. Photograph: The Irish Times

The nomination of Liz O’Donnell as the new head of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) appears to be an astute move by the Government.Gay Byrne, who stepp(...)

Liz O Donnell, former deputy leader of the Progressive Democrats, is to be nominated as chair of the Road Safety Authority, replacing Gay Byrne. Photo: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Former Progressive Democrat minister Liz O’Donnell has been nominated as the new head of the Road Safety Authority. In a statement issued after a Cabi(...)

“Like it or not, making space for women in politics means unseating men,” former Progressive Democrats minister of state for foreign affairs Liz O’Donnell has said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times 2:38

Former Progressive Democrats minister of state for foreign affairs Liz O’Donnell has said making space for women in politics will mean “unseating” mal(...)

Orla O’Connor, Susan O’Keeffe, Mary O’Rourke and Mary Mitchell O’Connor at the launch of the new report yesterday.  Photograph: Alan Betson 2:23

Irish society continues to treat women as second-class citizens, according to a report dedicated to creating a m(...)

Matthew Elderfield: called for invasive scrutiny and effective sanctions. Photograph: David Sleator

A very important document was published earlier this month by the reform unit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Entitled “Strengthen(...)

Jonathan Powell: A feeling among working class loyalists that they were left behind in the peace process resulted in the recent flag protests. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

A feeling among working class loyalists that they were left behind in the peace process resulted in the recent flag protests in Belfast, a former chie(...)