Frank is on track to become Fine Gael’s version of Bertie Ahern. Photograph: North West Newspix

If there is such a thing as a bottomless navel, the MacGill Summer School has found it. Some 34 years gazing into it now. And always more fluff to min(...)

Looking east: Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Honourable Woman, a new thriller series on BBC One

Fans of writer-director Hugo Blick’s last BBC conspiracy thriller, The Shadow Line, from 2011, know not to expect plot, characters, even exact locatio(...)

An entertainment phenomenon dismisses the critics as his film eats up the box-office. “They love to hate and I don’t care; let them hate. They’re sti(...)

World Cup Supporters’ Club: John Murray

We are, one might have noticed, in the midst of a mania that grips otherwise sensible individuals once every four years, when sound judgment is rep(...)

Summer holiday: Graham Norton at BBC Radio 2

Everybody knows Graham Norton, but it takes some effort to recall Jack Docherty. In Ireland, where the UK television station Channel 5 was largely una(...)

 Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at their wedding in Florence, Italy. Photograph: E! News/PA Wire

Marian Finucane, marvellously, had before last Sunday never heard of Kim Kardashian. “Never, ever,” she qualified on her RTÉ Radio 1 show. It’s(...)

Angela Kerins announced in April that she was resigning as chief executive of the Rehab Group citing the toll the controversy surrounding the charity group had taken on it and also on her personal life Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The next chief executive of the Rehab group will receive a salary of around €140,000 a year, it has emerged.Management consultant Eddie Molloy, who ha(...)

Marty Whelan: He do the police in different voices

One doesn’t normally associate the patter of Marty Whelan with the classics of high modernism. But such is the ceaseless cavalcade of funny accents(...)

Some RTÉ presenters led by Marian Finucane have also increased in popularity, but there were losses for Seán O’Rourke, Liveline and the News at One. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Newstalk continued to add listeners in the first few months of 2014, a new snapshot of the Irish radio market shows. The station, owned by Denis O’Bri(...)

 Frank Flannery, former chief executive of Rehab. In an interview with the Sunday Independent, he asked:   “Why should I be publicly abused or brought in to be castigated?” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael backbenchers believe that former party strategist Frank Flannery should att(...)