The Vanbrugh Quartet

The National Concert Hall’s Kevin Barry Recital Room is due to re-open at the end of next month. The revamp is one of the capital projects to have be(...)

Laurence Wren at home in Castleknock, Dublin, in 2005, during his retirement. The former  Garda commissioner had a steely ethic about right and wrong. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Even with the passage of more than three decades, the events that propelled Laurence Wren to the highest position in the Garda Síochána have lost non(...)

Disclosure by Edward Snowden that the US NSA had intercepted German chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone calls increased awareness of the activities of foreign intelligence agencies

In the wake of the disclosure in 2013 that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had intercepted German chancellor Angela Merkel’s calls, Taoiseach En(...)

 Joe Ainsworth: a creative and sometimes brilliant career policeman who seemed destined to lead the Garda Síochána. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Joe Ainsworth, who has died aged 88, was a creative and sometimes brilliant career policeman who seemed destined to lead the Garda Síochána. Bu(...)

File photograph of the Aga Khan with Shergar.

Secret embassy files about the stolen racehorse Shergar, information about US military aircraft landing at Irish airports and files about telephone ta(...)

The value to the Garda of mining data one even one phone in an inquiry is significant. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

When it emerged in the early 1980s that journalists’ phones had been tapped, a fierce political and policing storm ensued. A month after the news brok(...)

Alina Ibragimova: a gutsy player who dives into the music, body and soul. Photograph: Sussie Ahlburg

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival opened on Friday with one of Mozart’s most celebrated achievements: 22 bars of music so distinctive they seem (...)

It’s not easy being a Yes Rossie in these post-referendum days, where but to think is to be full of sorrow and to be in a place where primrose and blu(...)

Former Fianna Fáil minister of state John O’Leary  has claimed a meeting he had with Charlie Haughey led him to believe the former taoiseach was aware of the tapping of journalists’ telephones

A former Fianna Fáil minister of state has claimed a meeting he had with Charlie Haughey led him to believe the former taoiseach was aware of the tapp(...)

Charles Haughey greets Geraldine Kennedy at the 1983 Fianna Fáil ardfheis. She had earlier been advised that her security could not be guaranteed at the event. Photograph: Jack McManus

Charlie is the political thriller about contemporary Ireland. For anyone who lived through even some of the Haughey years –from the mid-1960s, 1970, t(...)