Aidan Gillen as Charles Haughey – Charlie’s creators have described the series as “a drama based on real events”. Much artistic license has been deployed ...

A few weeks before the first instalment of Charlie, the new Haughey television drama, was broadcast, I was involved in a radio discussion on Haughey’s(...)

Jonathan O’Brien said his brother had been “forced to go back into a hostel where drug-taking happens in front of him”. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:31

Here comes Maureen. For the worthy stuff. She looks out for the people who don’t usually get a look-in. Unless one of them inconveniently dies on a do(...)

Mr Haughey, with Mr Tony Gregory, TD, before he started a sponsored cycle from Dublin to Kilnacrott, Co Cavan, to raise money for a holiday home for inner city children in 1982. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

  Brian Lenihan snr (above far right and, as played by Peter O’Meara, left) became a firm supporter of Charles Haughey when Haughey took o(...)

Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83 , was a colourful and wily grassroots politician who achieved significant national influence as an Independent TD supporting minority Fianna Fail-led governments. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83 , was a colourful and wily grassroots politician who achieved significant national influence as an Independent(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “There is a new drug on the streets now called ice, and it’s ravaging communities. The people working to help addicts and their families need more resources, not fewer.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sit-in bumps Maureen O’Sullivan off the agenda When Mary Lou McDonald threw Gerry’s teddy bears out of the Sinn Féin pram on Thursday, she did no favo(...)

Joan Burton takes her first Opposition Leaders’ Questions as Tánaiste

Meanwhile, the ship of State drifts along on the tides, lights ablaze and with loud country music blaring from somewhere inside. Is there anyone at th(...)

 People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett: the party made significant breakthroughs in urban centres. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

There has always been a strong tradition of independent representation in Irish politics at all levels but it has been ignored a little in the past be(...)

A special committee of Dublin City Council is to consider renaming Dublin’s Millennium Spire after the late Nelson Mandela at a meeting today.

A special committee of Dublin City Council is to consider renaming Dublin’s Millennium Spire after the late Nelson Mandela at a meeting today. (...)

Anthony Crowley at breakfast in the Capuchin Day Centre, Bow Street, Dublin. “I know everyone here. I mightn’t know all their names but we know each other. They’ve been through the wars and they’ve lost their illusions, but they’re good people.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

What they don’t tell you about homelessness, says Anthony Crowley after eating his breakfast at the Capuchin Day Centre, is how much shoe leath(...)

The late Tony Gregory putting up election posters in Dublin city in May 2007.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Friends and former colleagues of the late independent Dublin TD Tony Gregory have stepped up their campaign to have the (...)