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(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Avril Grufferty, Ballinrobe (left) and Martha Egan, Finney, meet Cllr Brendan Henaghan, on his local election canvass in Castlebar. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

The horizontal rain is lashing shoppers off the streets. The liquidation notice in the shuttered frontage of Hynes’ shoe shop – part of Castlebar’s DN(...)

Colm Keaveney announces he is joining Fianna Fáil on the plinth at the Dáil last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has claimed Galway East TD Colm Keaveney would “join the Hizbullah” if he thought it would advance his(...)

Tom Gilmartin: described by his family as “a truly honest, honourable and courageous man”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tom Gilmartin, whose evidence to the tribunal of inquiry into corruption in the planning process was damaging to some senior politicians has died. Mr (...)

His party’s best hope

Speculation about an early “heave” against Micheál Martin’s leadership of Fianna Fáil appears to be just loose talk. Some politicians believe their ab(...)

 The remains of murdered brothers Tom and Jack Blaine are carried from The Church Of The Holy Rosary after funeral mass in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, by family members today. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

“Around the town he laid kisses,Soft and wet they glistened on windows and doorframes,They were his gifts, each one a puckered blessing,Bent into a sw(...)

Fianna Fáil resurgent

There will be sighs of relief and wonderment at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis this weekend as delegates consider the party’s impressive recovery, fo(...)

Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton: “very concerned” at the low number of applications for EU jobs

Irish nationals have held the top civil service post in the EU since 2000 giving successive governments unprecedented access to the main(...)