Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald clashed in the Dail over the NI Executive. Image: Oireachtas TV

Benjamin Franklin or Roy Keane. Take your pick. By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail, said one. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail, said th(...)

The Seanad’s first sitting in the Ceramics Room of the National Museum. “It is good to have a rendition of the American president in one of the cherubs,” said Michael McDowell. Photograph: Maxwell

To mark the Seanad’s relocation to swanky temporary lodgings in the National Museum, the Cathaoirleach made a chilling declaration. “I am going to a(...)

President Michael D Higgins visits the under 40 horse plough competition on the opening day of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Isn’t it sweet the way Michael D Higgins goes all coy and bashful when asked if he fancies a second term as President? On Tuesday at the Ploughing Ch(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on the third and final day of the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ploughman David Mulcahy from east Cork was competing in the senior conventional test category. So was Leo Varadkar. The Taoiseach is in the big leagu(...)

Rosa (For Reproductive Rights Against Oppression, Sexism & Austerity) campaigners dressed as handmaids pass anti-abortion activists at Leinster House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

For the opening day of the autumn Dáil session, after a 10-week break from parliamentary action, five backbench government TDs managed to drag themsel(...)

Some game: the All-Ireland senior football championship final at Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Jesus, Mary and Holy Saint Joseph. But that was some game. Dublin and Mayo left us reeling. In bits. The entire place was in bits after it. Not ju(...)

The fiscal space is this big: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, former taoiseach Bertie Ahern, former CNN presenter Gina London and former deputy first minister Mark Durkan at the Kennedy Summer School. Photograph: Mary Browne

The new political season is upon us. It landed with the last of the summer schools and the autumn sound of calls for the Garda Commissioner to resign.(...)

Gerry Adams, (perpetual) president of Sinn Féin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Phew! Thank heavens for that. He kept us on tenterhooks right to the end. It was touch and go for a while and could have gone either way, but Gerry A(...)

Galway fans celebrate beating Waterford in the All-Ireland senior hurling final. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Several decades of hurt and hope distilled into 70 minutes. A magical potion. Two tribes battled to taste it, but only one would drink from the c(...)

This week, from Lismore to Portlaw and Tallow to Tramore, big John Mullane’s (ever so slightly adapted) words are everywhere: “I Loves Me County.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Waterford is fit to burst. Afraid to exhale. So this is what it’s like when an entire county holds its breath. The bunting is out across the city, but(...)