“At 23 miles Jim Hogan was half-dead, slumped on the ground, hoping strangers would understand the universal gesture for “water, please”. He was a pathetic loser – and my hero, then and now.”

The subtitles on the screen say “Tsubaraya of Japan is second. About four kilometres to go”. We cut to a pale, skinny man walking – but why walking? –(...)

“I kind of do the work as opposed to saying what I want to be.” Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice, visiting the Learning for Life centre in Esker Hill, Lucan. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘She does ‘mumsy’ well”, murmurs an observer, watching the local TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, drive off after declari(...)