Senator Paudie Coffey at the Four Courts on Wednesday for the second day of his High Court action against Iconic Newspapers, publishers of the ‘Kilkenny People’. Photograph: Collins Courts

When Crotty the Robber stood on the gallows in Waterford city in 1742, he probably assumed his courtroom days were behind him. He was wrong. And whe(...)

A cow with methane-collection equipment on her back. Grass is a cheap way to feed cows, but as  methanogens break  down grass in the stomach they  produce methane,  a potent greenhouse gas Photograph:   Rachel Doyle

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar admitted to the European Parliament in January what climate activists have long known: Ireland’s performance on climate change (...)

Lucinda Creighton: We never celebrate the women who take the decision not to abort. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former government minister Lucinda Creighton has accused the media of bias on the issue of abortion. Ms Creighton, who lost the Fine Gael whip in 20(...)

Fine Gael leadership candidates Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney debate with each other at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

“The bland leading the bland” was how one Haugheyite described Fianna Fáil after The Boss was ousted. In the Fine Gael race, Leo and Simon are more li(...)

 Pudsy Ryan, apparently a schoolboy character in an old missionary magazine who had trouble with his schoolwork got a mention this week.

As one observer put it to me, the Coalition may be feeling a bit like Churchill after the second World War, when the British public more or less said (...)

Enda Kenny: “The governor told me, it looks like this weekend . . . you’ll have to put the army around the banks and around the ATM machines, and introduce capital controls like they had in Cyprus.” Photograph: Andreas Manolis/Reuters

‘The Curious Case of Irish Banks, the Army and a Prime Minister”. That was the headline which the international news agency Bloomberg put on its story(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton pictured last week.  Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the general election will be in the Spring of 2016 and insisted he sees no reason to change his mind. Mr Kenny said his (...)

‘If we had foreclosures at even Spanish levels – and the crisis here was worse – some 30,000 houses would have been repossessed. Instead, the latest figures indicate fewer than 4,000 homes were repossessed by the end of last year.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is working on yet another plan to deal with mortgage arrears. The crisis has already involved three expert groups and successive policy(...)

It is extraordinary the extent to which the banking sector is behind so many of the woes that litter the business pages of newspapers across t(...)