Michael Noonan is usually more Morecambe to Brendan Howlin’s Wise. But the days when Fine Gael’s finance spokesman used to electrify the Dáil with witty banter are long gone. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government has hit on an amazing new strategy for winning the election. Step one is to build up expectations for months about a mega new announcem(...)

David Gray performing in Dublin in 2011. His latest incarnation is a vocal-led album and Irish tour in a supergroup of sorts, with his band featuring David Kitt, Lisa O’Neill, Mossy Nolan and more. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

David Gray, who gives an extremely enlightening and at times poetic talk at Banter in Foxy John’s pub earlier in the evening with Jim Carroll, has pre(...)

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said he wanted to know “how much respect the District Court gets”.  Photograph: Reuters

A judge has asked the governor of Dóchas women’s prison to explain the policy of temporary release that resulted in a serial thief serving just three (...)

Minister for Health James Reilly is expected to seek Cabinet approval shortly for two urgent care centres in Dublin that will deal with less serious cases and ensure the new hospital is not overburdened with minor cases. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The new national children’s hospital in Dublin risks becoming a “magnet” for less serious cases unless the same standards of care are available in the(...)

Former solicitor Thomas Byrne has told his theft and fraud trial that he was under threat from property developer John Kelly to fund his “outlandish” (...)

Former solicitor Thomas Byrne arriving at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday. “I knew the whole thing was going to fall apart, and it did,” he told the court.  Photograph: Collins Courts

Ireland’s recent past is a foreign country, the jury was told on the opening day of Thomas Byrne’s trial four weeks ago. Yesterday they took a guided (...)

Right, Mary Bracken (18) with artist Rachel Tynan with a book they collaborated on called Colours of Life. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Teenage dialysis patient Mary Bracken didn’t quite know what to make of artist Rachel Tynan when she arrived at her hospital bedside one day last year(...)