Michael Micheál Martin: “Broadband is as critical as a motorway was a couple of years ago for economic development.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

As metaphors go, it was apt – the Fine Gael poster of a gimlet-eyed Enda Kenny urging people to “Let’s Keep the Recovery Going” gradually disappearing(...)

Independent Bishop Pat Buckley: Arrived in Istanbul on Monday night “on a private holiday with a few friends” but “people had told me not to come”. Photograph: PA

Independent Bishop Pat Buckley had a narrow escape in Istanbul on Tuesday morning when he and the small group he was with posed for photographs at the(...)

Sitting Sinn Féin TD for Cork East Sandra McLellan who is not leaving the party for the Independent Alliance, according to party leader Gerry Adams. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has denied claims TD Sandra McLellan is considering joining the Independent Alliance. Ms McLellan has decided not to run(...)

Sinn Féin has suffered another blow in Co Cork with the resignation of another county councillor, Ger Keohane,  elected for the party just last year. Image: Facebook.

Sinn Féin has suffered another blow in Co Cork with the resignation of another county councillor elected for the party just last year. Cllr Ger Keohan(...)

File photograph of Sinn Féin TD Sandra McLellan. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin members have chosen Cllr Pat Buckley to run for the party in the next general election in Cork East, after the party’s sitting TD Sandra McL(...)

Sinn Féin has been dealt a serious blow in Cork with the announcement by sitting Cork East TD Sandra McLellan that she is not going to stand for the party in the next general election.

Sinn Féin has been dealt a serious blow in Cork with the announcement by sitting Cork East TD Sandra McLellan that she is not going to stand for the p(...)

Sitting Sinn Féin TD for Cork East Sandra McLellan faces a challenge for her seat from Cllr Pat Buckley: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD in Cork East Sandra McLellan is facing a challenge at the party’s selection convention at the weekend which will choose a candidate to ru(...)

Last year was the worst year for farm deaths since 1991. Thirty people lost their lives in incidents which mainly involved machinery and animals

It’s the little things that stay with you when you watch the video testimonies about the impact of fatal farm accidents. The green knitted cap floatin(...)

Queen of the ‘selfies’: Louise McSharry’s programme, on 2fm, explored the history of online self-portraiture from the MySpace age right up to the  narcissism of Rihanna, above. Photograph: Lionel Cironneau

I don’t mean to alarm anyone, but on Monday morning there was an intelligent and entertaining conversation about an element of popular culture on 2fm.(...)

A spokesman for HSE South said yesterday an ambulance was called to the Tir Cluain Housing Estate at 6.41pm on Saturday and was onsite by 6.59pm to tend to James Casey Butler. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Health Minister Dr James Reilly has asked for a report on the circumstances around the death of a seven-year-old boy a day after falling into a(...)