Pat Carey, former Fianna Fáil minister: there was no formal “coming out” for Mr Carey, although he believes he dropped a few hints along the way.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The dancehalls of Co Kerry were no ballrooms of romance for the young Pat Carey, although he participated in the teenage fun with gusto. The future go(...)

 Galway’s Shane Walsh scores his side’s second goal despite the efforts of Westmeath’s goalkeeper Darren Quinn during their Division Two match at  Cusack Park, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Inpho

Galway 2-13 Westmeath 2-12 Galway were pushed all the way by a spirited Westmeath side before eking out a one-point win in a terrific game play(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured at the official opening of Facebook’s new offices in Dublin  yesterday. Photograph:   Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach said he hoped “clarity and confidence” will be brought to the water charges debacle as soon as possible while acknowledging that ‘things(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry snapped at Senator Mary White, when interrupted:
“You’re an ignorant goat.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

In recent years, budget night in the Dáil bar has been a rather dull and subdued affair.The place used to be heaving during Fianna Fáil’s heyday. It g(...)

This book is a loving memorial to Brian Lenihan, the former minister for finance and Fianna Fáil politician. He was caught in the eye of an economi(...)

Maíria Cahill: alleged that in 1997 she underwent a 12-month cycle of sexual abuse, including rape, by a suspected member of the IRA.

The grandniece of IRA figure Joe Cahill, who alleged she was raped by an IRA member, has claimed she had to face her alleged assailant in a republi(...)

For many voters, the political thought processes really only crystallise close to polling day, with many making their minds in the final day. That’s why you will see that late opinion polls are often the most accurate.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Politicians always say they are not influenced by opinion polls and will invariably employ the cliché learned in Evasive Answers 101: “Opinion polls a(...)

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(...)