Denis O’Brien: ‘The craic (in soccer) is just great. The people you meet. The slagging is lightning. The same kind of fun as rugby but different.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Wouldn’t we all do it, if we could? Is there a sports fan alive who heard that Denis O’Brien is chipping in to bring Johnny Sexton back from France(...)

Drag queen Panti Bliss (AKA Rory O’Neill) has been nominated to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge by two Dublin-based Redemptorist priests. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Two Catholic priests have undertaken the Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, papal nuncio Archbishop(...)

UTV Ireland commercial director Daragh Byrne (left), head of channel Mary Curtis and managing director of UTV Television Michael Wilson watch as ‘Mr Selfridge’ star Jeremy Piven delivers the message that UTV Ireland is now open for business, at an event held in Dublin.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Apple may be tied to Ireland via its complicated tax arrangements and a workforce of 4,000 in Cork, but there is one thing it doesn’t do here: adve(...)

Actor Peter Coonan will star in The Guarantee on TV3 this season. The station announced its autumn-winter schedule today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

TDs living on social welfare, a brutal family feud that threatens to envelop an entire community and a documentary series about people living on islan(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he plans to delay the introduction of the Government’s Universal Health Insurance (UHI) plan, calling it “too ambitious.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar hopes the first stages of Universal GP Care for over-70s and under-6s will be in place before the end of the year. Mr(...)

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said his priorities for his time in office will be the introduction of universal GP care and later, universal primary care, including the provision of dental and optical treatments. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the Government “bit off more than we could chew” when taking power, specifically referring to how quickly un(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has signalled that any revision of Ireland’s immigration laws would be unlikely to result in asylum seekers be(...)

Among the signatories to a petition for an independent inquiry into policing of the north Mayo Shell/Corrib gas dispute is social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke, four TDs, one Senator and seven academics are signatories to a petiti(...)

Summer holiday: Graham Norton at BBC Radio 2

Everybody knows Graham Norton, but it takes some effort to recall Jack Docherty. In Ireland, where the UK television station Channel 5 was largely una(...)

We love foreign capitalists but are hostile to Irish ones. Thomas Piketty would feel even more at home here than in France.

The furore unleashed by Thomas Piketty’s now infamous book has had at least one disappointing aspect: notwithstanding the mountains of data provided b(...)