Good week. Bad week.

Good week

Denis O’Brien

The businessman has always been tireless in defending his reputation and was vindicated when a jury awarded him €150,000 in a defamation suit against journalist Paul Drury and the Irish Daily Mail.


She picked up her umpteenth Grammy last weekend for Best Pop Solo Performance and generally stole the whole show with her usual exuberance.

Amy Huberman

Last Saturday night, the beaming actor attended the Iftas despite being heavily pregnant. Just hours later, she became a mother for the first time after a dramatic early delivery.

Bad Week

Marco Rubio

Time magazine just named Rubio “the Republican saviour”, but his delivery of the official response to Barack Obama’s state of the union address was a nervous disaster, culminating in a desperate lunge for a water bottle when his thirst grew too much to resist.

Cian Healy

As if the disappointment of a scrappy defeat to England wasn’t bad enough, the Irish rugby squad have had to deal with a spate of injuries and confusion over the punishment imposed on Healy – a three-week suspension for stamping.

Alan Shatter

The Minister for Justice is facing serious resistance from gardaí over attempted reforms, with the GRA passing a vote of no confidence in him on Thursday.