Fine Gael leader Dr Garret FitzGerald (right) and Mr John Bruton, TD, FG, spokesman on finance promised reform of the budget process in 1981. Photograph: Pat Langan

On these harsh winter mornings, it is good to start the day with a laugh. So, many thanks to my local Fine Gael candidate whose big posters blazon: “R(...)

Domhnall Gleeson and Saoirse Ronan in ‘Brooklyn’: Ronan makes Eilis so alive to every moment that we understand completely how she gets caught up in them

The three Irish films that will make the most impact over the next 12 months look likely to be John Crowley’s Brooklyn, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and Ji(...)

Paris will be the same. Terrorist atrocities change forever the lives of the bereaved and the survivors. They do not change the lives of big cities.  (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

If you go to a funeral, you know what to say to the chief mourners: “I’m sorry for your trouble.” It’s a necessary cliche. Words are not up to the job(...)

“I assumed that the raging energies of curiosity and sensation would be kept in check here. What’s happened to Pat Carey over the last week shows that I was wrong.” Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

In August 2014, BBC television broadcast live footage of a raid by South Yorkshire police on the home of a 73-year old man in Berkshire. The home belo(...)

Thursday’s  Waking The Feminists event at the Abbey Theatre, which highlighted the lack of gender equality in the Abbey’s programme of events for 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons 2:41

Thursday’s thrilling #WakingTheFeminists meeting at the Abbey Theatre may be a turning point in the fight for gender equality in the arts. But some(...)

Attorney General Máire Whelan: The Fennelly report raised very serious questions about her judgment. She gave seriously inconsistent evidence to the inquiry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Attorney General is one of the most powerful and influential people in the State. She is also one of the least accountable. If she screws up, she (...)

La Misère à Dublin - Le Mirroir . Image Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

On November 23rd, 1913, the Parisian newspaper Le Miroir carried a large photograph of two young boys sleeping on the street in the doorway of a well-(...)

Travellers provide negative reassurance that a culture deeply shaped by mass migration, and utterly neurotic about its sense of home, is “settled”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

If Travellers did not exist, Irish society would have to invent them. How else could the rest of us possibly be described as “settled people”? It esca(...)

A house on Captains Road, Crumlin. Crumlin was built by the local authority, Dublin Corporation, with funding from the central government in the 1930s.

Fellmongery is the preparation of animal skins for tanning. A pollard is an animal that has had its horns removed. In 1949, official statistics still (...)

Poor Pearse Doherty, utterly defeated, meekly withdrew his proposal for an analysis of the impact of the Budget

The cockspiratorial system of government is largely about not knowing things. Believe it or not, one of the things the system chooses not to know is h(...)