Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the launch of the party’s advertisement campaign outside Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

As we head into the second weekend of what we are currently calling the 2016 election, there is every possibility that we will end up having to call i(...)

Paul O’Connell, with RC Toulon owner  Mourad Boudjellal, has said being unable to represent the French side is ‘a big disappointment.’ Photograph: INpho

Paul O’Connell has said being unable to play for three-in-a-row champions of Europe RC Toulon is one of the few major disappointments of his glitterin(...)

Terry Wogan on air: Gay Byrne, Brendan Balfe and Mike Murphy paid tribute to him on Sunday With Miriam (RTÉ Radio 1). Photograph: Katie Collins/PA

This is Ryan. He talks on the radio. Ryan does not like silly words. He wants things to be simple. The late Terry Wogan may have used childlike senten(...)

Sean O’Rourke: Audience on Radio 1 is now higher than Pat Kenny’s was in his final full year at the station. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

RTÉ Radio 1 kept its recovery going in the final months of 2015, but Today FM and RTÉ’s 2fm both saw their listener tallies slip, latest radio ratings(...)

Social Democrats launching their manifesto on O’Connell Street, from left Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Roisin Shortall. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Social Democrats have chosen Stephen Donnelly as their leader “for one night only” for the purposes of a televised pre-election debate. RTÉ has p(...)

Newstalk denied an  advertising campaign had encouraged the use of bad language but had been “a play on words to get across the message that they were determined to get to the bottom of important news stories and be truthful to their listeners”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The media election has begun and it’s a needy business. Politicians only want enough Xs to get over the line. Media organisations target floating vote(...)

The remains of PJ Mara are carried to his final resting place at Mount Cross Cemetery, Kinvara, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

To the strains of Lord Lovat’s Lament, lone piper Chris O’Brien led Fianna Fáil strategist PJ Mara to his final resting place in south Galway’s Kinvar(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny visiting a pharmaceutical company in Amsterdam on Wednesday. Photograph: Sarah Bardon/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has criticised Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin for a making a desperate attack on his leadership. Speaking on RTÉ radio on Wed(...)

A farmer with a bucket of slop - an image from UTV Ireland’s on-screen brand “refresh”, unveiled in September.

Another year in the triumphs and travails of the media and there is one puzzle with the power to fox daily. Not why is every YouTube celebrity some(...)

In July 2014, the body of nine-year-old Brandon Skeffington (above) was found with stab wounds at his home in Tourlestrane, Co Sligo. His older brother, Shane Michael (20), was later found dead in a shed outside the house.

The mother of a man who killed his younger brother before taking his own life has said there should be greater awareness around mental health issues. (...)