Seamus Heaney. Photographer: Jack McManus

Lisa Hannigan Singer Anahorish, soft gradient, of consonant, vowel-meadow. I was really stuck for ages last year and took to reading Se(...)

An artist’s impression of one of the new stands at the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Pedersen Focus

Munster Council has announced a grant package of €3.75 million for the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, with Work on the Cork stadium is due to begi(...)

Tom LyonsThe state body responsible for Dublin’s National Aquatic Centre has withdrawn its appeal of a scathing judgement by Justice Max Barrett in th(...)

Barristers don’t have to wear a wig these days, although it is unwise not to wear one in certain judges’ courts. Some barristers say wigs are useful on bad hair days.    Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

At an age when most of my peers were thinking about retirement, I trained as a barrister. I had worked successfully as a town planner for years, now I(...)

Francis Harvey, who has died aged 89, was a poet, playwright and fiction writer. Though born in Enniskillen in Fermanagh, Donegal was his natural home(...)

Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Tim Robinson is leaving Connemara. Not physically, not emotionally, but after several decades of roaming, recording and interpreting the Atlantic seas(...)

Concerns that the increase on cigarette prices will lead to increased criminality leading to it being called a “Nidge” tax.

Another touch of Frost in the Kildare Street air and it had nothing to do with the change in the weather. Michael Noonan was moved to quote American p(...)

A man sits on barriers erected to keep demonstrators away from Leinster House during the announcement of the 2015 Budget

The Government slicked on the gloss yesterday and got down to some long, slow and serious general election seduction.The Austerity Twins have left the(...)

“Budget 2015 was was not a giveaway or election budget. But compared to the workhouse rations of gruel that were meted out over the past seven years, this was a bonanza budget. There can be no doubt about that.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 4:15

Compared to some of the budgets delivered by Charlie McCreevy when he was in full pomp, Budget 2015 was not a giveaway or election budget. But compare(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan shortly before his Budget 2015 speech, at Government Buildings in Dublin, today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 6:13

A Cheann Comhairle,When the Government took office in March 2011 we set out a plan to regain control of Ireland’s fiscal and economic policies, to gro(...)