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(...)

Independent  Gerard Craughwell speaking after his election. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

It says a lot about the state of politics in this country when the main Government party loses a Seanad election it should have won by a mile and t(...)

Newly appointed EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan can employ up to three cabinet members from Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Phil Hogan is expected to finalise his team of advisers during the next few weeks, as he prepares to take responsibility for the European Commissio(...)

French economist and academic Thomas Piketty, poses in his book-lined office at the French School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Thomas Piketty’s Capital was still No 3 on the Amazon bestseller list when the Financial Times dropped its front-page bombshell. By picking through th(...)

Game of Thrones:  Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth

In a series of suites at the Corinthia Hotel in London, journalists sip coffee and stare at their smartphones. They are here to interview the c(...)

The Conservatives hold the majority of seats along the southern end of the proposed HS2 high-speed train route, seats that will be crucial if the party is to have any chance of single-party rule after the next British general election. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

In times past, British monarchs had to keep a close eye on the barons in the shires, fearful that any change in loyalty threatened disaster to their h(...)

Ed Miliband: believes the centre has moved to the left. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Sometimes a delayed reaction is best. Ed Miliband’s speech this week at the Labour conference in Brighton – where he vowed to freeze energy prices for(...)

It was China’s trial of the century, the former Chongqing Communist Party boss Bo Xilai, charged with taking nearly 27 million yuan (€3.32 million) in(...)

Tyrone defenders swarm around a Kerry player during the 2003 All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Tyrone won 0-13 to 0-6 and went on to defeat Armagh in the final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Pat Spillane didn’t know what he was going to say but he knew he was going to say something. Knew he had to. Knew he needed to place on public record (...)

Former Northern Ireland secretary Peter Mandelson

Former Northern Ireland secretary Peter Mandelson said today the only thing Margaret Thatcher ever told him was that the Irish were “all liars(...)