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Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald at Sinn Féin’s annual ‘think-in’ this week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The dramatic shift in Sinn Féin’s stance on government participation, floated by Mary Lou McDonald some months ago, was firmed up in various media con(...)

Turning to the position of Sinn Féin and the IRA, Dermot Gallagher expressed ‘great interest’  in the recent statement from Sinn Féin and, particularly, from Martin McGuinness (its vice-president).Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Martin McGuinness’ role within republicanism is highlighted in previously confidential files declassified today in Belfast from 1990. The softer tone(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he had written to Fine Gael constituency chairs asking for opinions on spending priorities. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has requested Fine Gael branches in every constituency to hold special meetings by the end of September as part of a consultati(...)

The Buddhist centre of Dzogchen Beara in Co Cork offers stunning views of Bantry Bay. Photograph: Photographicmemory.ie

Getting time away on your own is, for lots of us, the dream break – but a solo trip can be hard to justify. It can feel selfish, especially during the(...)

Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams and his delegation speak with members of the media after meeting  Leo Varadkar in south Belfast. Photograph: AFP/ Paul Faith/Getty

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said he intends to lead the party into the next general election in the Republic. Amid ongoing speculation over w(...)

Micheál Martin: has been back on the doors since last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

The foundation of all electoral success is worn shoe leather but, for Micheál Martin, canvassing is an article of faith. The Fianna Fáil leader attri(...)

Simon Coveney supporter leaves an event at the Hotel Kilmore in Cavan on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

The morning mist is beginning to rise from the Glen of the Downs, a lush, oak-filled valley in Wicklow, as Simon Coveney and Simon Harris ready to hos(...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar: a career politician, whose drive and determination come with personal sacrifice. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fifteen years ago, a 23-year-old Leo Varadkar wrote to The Irish Times proposing a new system for electing the leader of Fine Gael. He, and the co-si(...)

The D Hotel in Drogheda offers an epic escape, based on the world’s only Game of Thrones experience using boats from the TV show,

Recoup and create Those who are looking to soothe both body and mind this summer need look no further than the Creativity & Cultural Retreat host(...)

Archive image  of St Conleth’s in Daingean, Co Offaly: it was one of the most severely criticised reformatories investigated by the Ryan commission for the sexual, physical and emotional abuses of children.

The Oblates were founded in Aix-en-Provence, France, in 1816 by St Eugene de Mazenod whose aim was to be “the servant and priest of the poor”. In Feb(...)

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