The Mayo count centre at the  Royal Theatre, Castlebar, where  Lisa Chambers and Dara Calleary, both  Fianna Fáil, arrive  for  the count. Photograph: Michael Mc Laughlin

Lisa Chambers is one of the new breed of rising young Fianna Fáil politicians who have emerged under the leadership of Micheál Martin, of whom she is (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny canvassing  on the streets of Ballinrobe in his home constituency of Mayo. Photograph: Reuters

“Like Bertie Ahern, I am very good with people. I felt that if Fine Gael was going to change – and it seems vain to say it – it needed someone like th(...)

Arrested by members of the Criminal Assets Bureau at Dublin Airport after flying in from the Isle of Man with a bag containing £300,000 in cash and bank drafts. Photograph: The Irish Times

I’ll never forget the time I saw George Redmond positively glowing. It was on a cold, wet day in the month of January during the grim 1980s, and he wa(...)

 Christy Moore entertains  protesters at the  anti-nuclear protest at Carnsore Point, Co Wexford, in 1978. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

For the first few decades following the foundation of the State, environmental issues were not on the agenda for many, least of all those in governmen(...)

After a month of negotiations a new Fianna Fail-Labour government was formed on January 12th, 1993, 48 days after the election. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

In light of this week’s Irish Times poll it is worth remembering that a week is a long time in politics, and the weeks between an election an(...)

Gay Byrne was the first broadcaster in Ireland to instigate telephone technology as part of what we now know as ‘talkback radio’. Photograph: Alan Betson

“Gaybo changed Ireland: discuss!” That’s the question broadcast historian Dr Finola Doyle O’Neill set for herself, and her conclusion is emphatic. “G(...)

The vast majority of democratic countries in the world offer the right to vote to their citizens living abroad. Ireland is an exception to what is (...)

Mary Harney, who helped push through the ban on ‘smoky coal’ in Dublin in 1990. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In September 1990, following a series of winters during which Dublin city was engulfed in thick black smog, a ban on the sale, marketing, and distribu(...)

Listen up: The Rossmeister speaks, in his new weekly audio column

There’s something different about my old man. There’s something definitely different about him – I just can’t put my finger on it. “So,” he goes, “wha(...)

David O’Sullivan: the  chief operating officer of the European Union’s diplomatic corps, the European External Action Service

Sitting in his office in the European External Action Services (EEAS) headquarters in central Brussels, David O’Sullivan apologises for the bareness o(...)