Our Politician of the Year is Sinn Féin’s deputy leader in the Dáil, Pearse Doherty,  whose work in taking on the insurance industry and keeping a spotlight on its practices has been a rare highlight.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s been a lacklustre year in Leinster House, with Brexit- and Boris-related events in the UK sucking the life and colour out of the political landsc(...)

Bougainville Referendum Commission chairman Bertie Ahern in Buka, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, at the announcement of the referendum result. Photograph: Jeremy Miller/ via Reuters;  image supplied by a third party.

The South Pacific region of Bougainville has voted in a referendum in favour of gaining independence from Papua New Guinea. The result was announced b(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern spoke with UN secretary general António Guterres in New York on Wednesday. Photograph: Evan Schneider/Flickr

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern on Wednesday stressed to the UN the need for focus on maintaining peace in Papua New Guinea after an independence refere(...)