Albert Reynolds

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Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins celebrate after Nichols Canyon’s win in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth Livepic

Ireland could record its most successful ever Cheltenham festival after the visitors won six of the seven races on Thursday, to take the Irish tally (...)

File image of Bishop John Kirby, Bishop Eamonn Casey and Fr Dermod McCarthy. File photograph: Collins Photos

The late Bishop Eamonn Casey believed “he had done the church a great disservice”, Bishop of Clonfert John Kirby recalled on Tuesday. “He used those(...)

Former US president Barack Obama receives his bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny  during a St Patrick’s Day reception  in 2012. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Reuters

While the first St Patrick’s Day meeting in the White House between a US president and a taoiseach took place back in 1956, it has only become an annu(...)

 A woman pays respects to Cardinal Connell at his funeral in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A remarkable feature of Cardinal Desmond Connell’s funeral last week was the scarcity of public representatives. It was such a “small” affair for some(...)

Enda Kenny’s leadership has entered the endgame phase. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Albert Reynolds will probably be remembered for supplying one of the more memorable phrases to Irish politics. “It’s the little things that trip you (...)

Garda whistleblower Keith Harrison  (left) with his partner Marissa Simms talking to deputy Alan Kelly  at the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It’s the must-have accessory in Leinster House these days. You’re nobody if you don’t have a whistleblower to call upon in this time of crisis. Ye(...)

The impatience with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in his own party  is turning into something harder, more restless, and more immediate. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Coalition Government, and particularly the central hub of it around the Taoiseach’s office, has undergone the political equivalent of a nervous br(...)

‘The Dáil parties and Independent groupings, having lined up in Government and Opposition, are frozen in position for fear that any sudden movement may cause the whole thing to come to an end.’

In various chats and social encounters with a broad spectrum of politicians, political staffers and officials this month, I asked each to give a word (...)

Long live the king?  Bertie Ahern is to be invited to rejoin Fianna Fáil. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

June 1977 Bertie Ahern, a 25- year-old accounts clerk at the Mater hospital in Dublin, stands for Fianna Fáil in the three-seat constituency of Dub(...)

US  president Barack Obama  receives a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the  St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Reuters

US president-elect Donald Trump has promised to continue the tradition of inviting the Taoiseach to the White House for the presentation of a bowl of (...)

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