An Independent Senator said there were significant issues of public concern in the greyhound industry which received State funding of €16m a year. File photograph: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

A man banned from working in the greyhound industry in Australia for using live animals for baiting, is now working in a kennel in Ireland, the Seanad(...)

‘Brendan Ogle will announce he is retiring from trade union activism to pursue a full-time career in light entertainment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

JANUARY On New Year’s Day, as temperatures across the country plunge, a select group of financiers and property developers gather at the Central Ban(...)

Cuban president Fidel Castro, left, and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev hug at the United Nations in this late 1960 image. Photograph: AP/Marty Lederhandler

Fidel Castro was “a towering figure of the 20th century” with a “troublesome record” on human rights, according to unused speaking notes prepared for (...)

Gerry Adams, who this year said: “My teddy bears are virgins.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politician of the Year: Is there one? It was a very disjointed time on the political front. For the best part of the first six months, sitting TDs a(...)

A file image from 1989 shows a  white dove landing on Cuban president Fidel Castro’s shoulder as he delivers a speech to Cuban youth  in Havana.

Suggestions that President Michael D Higgins neglected human rights concerns in his statement on Fidel Castro are “both unsustainable and unwarranted’(...)

How do you solve a problem like the Minister? “Everyone is convinced that Shane wants to get himself fired.” Photograph: Alan Betson

For a confident, ambitious man who likes a lot of attention and the sound of his own voice, the job of government minister must seem very attractive. (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square in Rome in April 2014. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

At the beginning of the Dáil week observers noticed the Taoiseach was in very good form. Perhaps it was something to do with the rapidly approaching(...)

Bales of hay create the shape of a bear at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

It is easy to miss the Pro-Life Campaign stand at the National Ploughing Championships. It is tucked into the corner of one of the many white corruga(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with French President François Hollande at a press conference in Government Buildings  yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In the glowing dawn of the new enlightenment, there was never going to be a row over the length of the summer break. A political golden age is upon u(...)

Minister of State Damien English: introduced the legislation which has already been passed by the Dáil

A citizens’ assembly of 100 people picked at random using a polling company are in no better position to discuss constitutional issues than “100 peopl(...)