There is no easy or deliberate way of peaking for an All-Ireland football final, and for Mayo that’s what this summer is all about. All year I’ve g(...)

The    gorgeous piece of skill from Shane Walsh for his first-half point spread like wildfire on social media.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tullamore will live forever in my mind as the place where I stole a prized piece of confectionery from the grasp of Brian Cowen. In May 2011, I was re(...)

 Galway’s Michael Lundy celebrates after he scored his sides fourth goal against Tipperary in Tullamore.  Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Galway 4-17 Tipperary 4-12 In the end this wasn’t quite the epic battle to make the All-Ireland football quarter-finals that the final scoreboa(...)

A 2002 file photograph of Denis Lyons, a former Fianna Fáil minister of state who has passed away, and Dan Boyle of the Green Party watching the Seanad election count at Leinster House. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin has paid tribute to former party TD and minister of state Denis Lyons who has died.Mr Lyons (78) was a TD for Cork N(...)

Nessa Childers, whose resignation from Labour left her position in the S&D group untenable last year, has rejoined the fold. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As they took their seats in the European Parliament this week, the 751 MEPs elected in the 2014 elections had reasons to feel optimistic. After five y(...)

“I think they have an inscription in Latin over the King’s Inns which effectively means nothing will ever change”

The Minister for Finance has hit back at claims by the Law Society that proposals to cut court services are short-sighted and flawed, insisting “thin(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny reviews guards at the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon, today. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA 2:04

The banking inquiry will be completely independent of the Cabinet and will not operate under Government instruction, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.Spe(...)

London’s Mark Gottsche attempts to block Michael Lundy  scoring another point for Galway during their Connacht  quarter-final at Ruislip, London. Photograph: Inpho

Galway 3-17 London 0-7 Careful what you wish for, eh? After spending last summer clawing and scratching to be taken seriously, London were (...)

Galway’s Paul Varley tries to dodge the challenge of  London’s Stephen Curran during the Connacht SFC quarter-final at Ruislip. Photograph:  Gerry McManus/Inpho

Galway 3-17 London 0-7No fairytales this year for London, as Galway came over to Ruislip and administered an old-fashioned hammering with the minimum (...)

Former minister Mary Hanafin speaking to the media at the Dublin West byelection count at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin today. Photograph: PA

Former minister Mary Hanafin has said she has faith in Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and believes he is “doing a tremendous job” even though he as(...)