What the voters really want is for politicians to find all the square pegs they can get their hands on and jam them into round holes. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Record: former deputy chairman of Kenmare Resources Donal Kinsella leaving court with his wife Joan after he was awarded €10 million in damages in a defamation case at the High Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

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Martin McDonagh: Judge said jury decision to award him €900,000 in 2008 was “perverse”.  Pic: Collins Courts

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 Ian Bailey leaves the High Court recently after losing his case over Garda conduct. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

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Conor McPherson: ‘Writing is . . .  like going to the toilet. It’s beyond rational consciousness. A play just sort of pops out.’  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby film. F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is an option on the 2017 single text list for Leaving Cert

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Denis Foley, whose exchanges with Martin Lucey irradiate the second act. Photograph:  Michael McSweeney/Provision

The Lonesome West Everyman, Cork ***   Only Martin McDonagh could make the importance of vol-au-vents to a funeral in the wes(...)