Leadership candidate: Joan Burton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘The leader’s role in election victories and defeats is greatly exaggerated,” says Archie Brown. “In a very, very tight contest the relative popularit(...)

People attend a rally in Moscow to support the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea to Russia. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

‘A far-off country of which we know little” was Neville Chamberlain’s argument for doing nothing about Hitler’s 1938 annexation of Czechoslovak(...)

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan: “We’re faced with resolving two conflicting public policy options. We must not lose sight that there has to be, regrettably, a system of deportation if you are going to have an asylum system.”

Judges are forced to adjudicate on asylum applications pertaining to “far away countries of which we know little”, a senior High Court judge has said.(...)

Cheesiest Moment award: Enda Kenny’s personal note in his letter to David Cameron on the royal birth.

Enda’s speech on the Magdalene women was a stand-out moment. The emotion of the occasion got to everyone in the Dáil chamber that special night in (...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “He escaped after an hour and a half, promising to return when he’s done with his duties in Europe. The Senators looked less than gratified.”

The Taoiseach arrived with two undertakers in tow. Or civil servants, as they are more usually known. There was talk that Fianna Fáil would stage a wa(...)