An abused teenager has said her jailed mother could never admit to wrongdoing, has not attempted to talk to her or her siblings, nor had anything to do with them for years. The sentence imposed on their mother gave her and her siblings justice, she said. File photograph: Getty Images

The eldest daughter of a woman jailed in Galway for cruelty and neglect has said social services told her to “go back” to her mother. In an interview(...)

Joe Duffy: for all his ability to read the electorate’s intentions, the Liveline host seems oblivious to voter fatigue

The late American writer Gore Vidal once identified “the four most beautiful words in our common language: ‘I told you so.’ ” Such triumphant self-ass(...)

‘I’m a proper northsider,’ Leo Varadkar told listeners on ‘Sunday With Miriam’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A few minutes into his interview with Miriam O’Callaghan, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar drops his bombshell. It’s a piece of personal information t(...)

Tuam scandal: a grotto at the site of the former mother-and-baby home  in Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

It’s not a profession that invites sympathy, but there must be times when it’s tough to be a shock jock in Ireland. As the catalogue of appalling reve(...)

Axed: Hector Ó hEochagáin

Hector Ó hEochagáin has never been noted for wry understatement, but this week he displayed a quiet, if unintended, irony when he joked that he was qu(...)

In tune with his listeners: Colm Hayes tapped into the national mood

Divide and conquer. From rabble-rousing politicians to radio talk-show hosts, exploiting the differences within society has long been a reliabl(...)