Chuck Kruger has written beautifully and broadcast frequently, mainly on RTÉ’s Sunday Miscellany, about life on the Cape and much else besides.

About 40 people sat in silence on Chuck Kruger’s lawn high up on Cape Clear. It was a beautiful July day as seagulls soared and swallows danced overhe(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s decision to have a public spat with the British government over Brexit may be understandable but it is not very wise. His pr(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  has consistently rejected the notion of dealing with Sinn Féin and has a clear distaste for the party. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In the quiet days of the summer recess politicians have a bit of time to ponder the longer term. One of issues in the minds of many this July is the n(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald with the Cabinet, in Áras an Uachtaráin. Irish commentators have often drawn comparisons between the eloquence of so many MPs and the plodding delivery of most of our TDs.

The sorry spectacle of politics in the UK should give those who casually dismiss Irish politicians as second rate, or even venal, some pause for thoug(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. “While there have been some cringe-inducing moments, they haven’t damaged his standing and if anything probably enhanced his appeal to younger voters.” Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The common refrain in the corridors of Leinster House this week is that politics has got so boring since Leo Varadkar took over as Taoiseach. That is (...)

“The notion that Ireland could somehow do a better deal if it was not tied to the EU 27 is laughable.” Photograph: iStock/Getty

A feature of some commentary on Brexit is the depiction of the European Union as a potential threat to this country’s future prosperity rather than th(...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham. “For [Shane] Ross and Sinn Féin the whole point of the Bill is to give the Chief Justice and her colleagues [a] deliberate kick in the teeth. Photograph: Courts Collins

Fine Gael has stumbled into a dangerous confrontation with the judiciary that threatens to do serious damage to the image of a party that has always p(...)

Anti-abortion demonstration: Then senator Des Hanafin with anti-abortion demonstrators outside the Dáil yesterday. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Former Fianna Fáil politician Des Hanafin who has died aged 86 had a profound influence on the shape of Ireland in the 1980s even though he never held(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with British prime minister Theresa May after talks at 10 Downing Street. Photograph: Philip Toscano/Getty Images

Leo Varadkar has had a baptism of fire as Taoiseach, having to deal with a political crisis over a judicial appointment in his first week in the job a(...)

March 1990: West German chancellor Helmut Kohl, left, with  French president François Mitterand and the taoiseach, Charles Haughey,  at the EU summit in Dublin

Helmut Kohl never forgot the role taoiseach Charles Haughey played in helping to smooth the path of German unity during the Irish presidency of the Eu(...)