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The remains of Frank Murray are carried from the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock, after his funeral Mass. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

In a career spanning six decades public servant Frank Murray worked for seven taoisigh and three presidents of Ireland, his funeral Mass was told on F(...)

Angel Gurria, secretary general of the OECD,  with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The OECD’s reputation took a hammering during the financial crisis. It not only failed to spot the banking contagion that triggered the meltdown, it g(...)

Leo Varadkar: his defence was blustery, and you suspect he knew it

The Taoiseach was dogged and defensive when questioned by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in the Dáil on the controversy over the Government’s promo(...)

Political portraits: Peter Dwan’s favourite is that of Charles Mr Haughey, which showed “great presence”

A unique series of portraits of all 13 former taoisigh has unexpectedly come to light, and will be sold at auction next week. But the identity of the (...)

Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald: “Mary Lou has been part of the leadership for a long time. It’s not like she has landed down from Mars.” File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fiachra McGuinness, son of Martin McGuinness, posted a poignant tweet recently. It showed two photographs, both featuring his late father alongside th(...)

Eoghan Murphy: ‘Some tenants are experiencing horrible conditions.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Eoghan Murphy has a miniature basketball hoop within shooting distance of his desk. It hangs on a door in his ministerial office at the Department of (...)

Dom Richard Purcell, former abbot of Cistercian College Roscrea, and former taoiseach Enda Kenny with the CSR school choir in 2011. Photograph: Frank Miller

Earlier this year student numbers at renowned boarding school Cistercian College, Roscrea were reported to be down by 45 per cent in a decade. Just ni(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in his  Leinster House office. “I come from a background which in many respects has always been pro-life but I have never been absolutist or judgemental.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Micheál Martin asks that you do not read between the lines of what he is saying to divine meaning, but at times you are left with no other option. As(...)

Former UN assistant secretary general Denis Halliday has handed back a president’s medal awarded to him by NUI Galway literary and debating society in 2010  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former UN official Denis Halliday has handed back a medal he received from NUI Galway in protest over the conferring of an honorary doctorate on forme(...)

Public services card

The possibility that the State’s public services card (PSC) might eventually become a national identity card was discussed by the then Fianna Fáil-led(...)

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