Water charge protests stirred up political change.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No issue comes close to water charges when measuring impact on the fortunes of political parties this year. Before its inception, the Government had f(...)

Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

Kerry’s Paul Murphy: “There will be good competition there next year but that is only good for Kerry.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry footballer Paul Murphy had no reservations about dropping last month’s All Star trip to Boston to represent his club in the East Kerry final in(...)

Brian Crowley: has been confined to Cork University Hospital due to ill health

The news this week that Ireland has the worst voting record in the European Union in terms of participation at the plenary session of the European Par(...)

Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash said he supports wage increases in certain circumstances. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash said he supported wage increases in profitable companies and where circumstances allowed.Mr Nas(...)

It is understood the man handed himself in to police in Manchester on Saturday

A convicted murderer who went on the run after being let out of a high-security prison is back in custody, the Northern Ireland Prison Service has sai(...)

Alison Curtis: taking the helm in Ray D’Arcy’s old slot on Today FM

It says something about Ray D’Arcy’s reputation that, in a week when he is conspicuously absent, those replacing him struggle to make their presenc(...)

“I love my country!” boomed Michael Ring. “To Inda Kinny and to Joan Burton, I want to say: CARRY ON!” At which stage he was carried out. Or at least, he should have been. Photograph: Frank Miller.

That Enda Kenny is a marvellous chap altogether. Oh, no he isn’t. Somebody should make him Taoiseach. Oh, yes he is. (Already the Taoiseach). Well his(...)

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney was one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game. Here he keeps a close hold on Waterford’s Stephen Molumphy. Photography: James Crombie/Inpho

It is a moment that matters now nowhere other than deep in the souls of Galway hurling people, in particular those thousands sitting in the tiers of t(...)

Cynical and hypocritical

Anyone who expects Sinn Féin to operate according to the standing orders of a Dáil it only recently recognised fails to understand the party’s determi(...)