Party leaders at the TV3/Newstalk debate last night. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leaders’ debates live on television are strange animals. It’s good to win, but the priority is not to lose. If you make one big gaffe, or get caught o(...)

Going negative: Fianna Fáil’s first billboard poster of the 2016 election campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke

In May 1988 George HW Bush’s quest to become the first sitting United States vice-president in 150 years to win a presidential election was in trouble(...)

Roisin Tuohy and Gabriele Kolesnikovaite, from Lucan Community College, are investigating the impact of screen time with teenagers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Students around the country have been working hard to finish their projects for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) at the RDS (...)

Glenna Lynch. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The new Social Democrats party has unveiled businesswoman Glenna Lynch as a candidate. Ms Lynch came to prominence after questioning the then presiden(...)

Former Irish rugby international Ronan O’Gara will speak at the Bord Gáis Energy leadership conference at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Debt has been a defining issue in Ireland for the past seven years, and this week it will be the main focus of a conference taking place in Dublin. T(...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny appeared far more enthused by the same sex marriage referendum than the vote in the age of presidential eligibility. Photograph: Reuters

The proposal to reduce the minimum age for presidential candidates was always going to be the orphan referendum as the nation focused on the more intr(...)

Una Davis her son Michael and his partner Georgina arrive at the funeral service of her husband  Derek Davis in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Grief has a way of making you feel very old and very young at the same time. So said Seán Davis at his father’s funeral in Dublin on Monday afternoon.(...)

 Roscrea players celebrate scoring a try at the death against Blackrock College in the Leinster Schools’ Senior Cup quarter-final in Donnybrook.  Photograph: Marcus Sheridan / Inpho

Cistercians College Roscrea 17 Blackrock College 14 “We have to beat them once,” roared the elderly father (or grandfather), his thick country (...)

While there has been much talk about the same sex marriage poll, the referendum that seems to have slipped under the radar is the proposal to reduce the age of presidential candidates from 35 to 21.

The kindest thing you can say about this Government’s record on referendums is that is has been patchy. The Coalition has committed to holding (...)

Jordan Belfort: aims to give attendees at the seminar the formula for success at creating wealth. Photograph: reuters

Former stockbroker and the “Wolf of Wall Street” himself – Jordan Belfort – is coming to Dublin this week. Mr Belfort, the man who wrote the New York (...)