Host Dáithí Ó Sé with some of the 32 Irish and International Roses taking part in the 2014 International Rose Selection at the launch of this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival at Dublin Airport. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA 1:21

This year’s crop of Roses made its first public appearance for the cameras together this morning in advance of the Rose of Tralee festival next week. (...)

John O’Donoghue, who resigned as ceann comhairle in October 2009 and lost his Dáil seat two years later, has made no secret of his desire to secure a nomination to contest the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil has become privately dismissive of former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s chances of securing a party nomination to contest the new K(...)

Paudie O'Mahoney: He admits to being ashamed when he stood on the scales at 20 stone nine and a half pounds for the first episode of "Operation Transformation". Photograph: Michelle Connor

For former Kerry goalkeeper Paudie O’Mahoney, 2013 was an annus horribilis which he hopes will lead to change of fortune this year. In February he had(...)

U2 and Grammy winning producer Steve Lillywhite to present new RTÉ show.

Grammy-winning music producer Steve Lillywhite will front a new RTÉ series to look for original songwriters. Lillywhite has been a long-(...)

Most recent figures show almost one in four of the 134 people trafficked into Ireland for sexual exploitation in recent years were children. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A new campaign to highlight how young girls are being trafficked and forced into prostitution has been launched. “Real Men Don’t Buy G(...)