Bertie Ahern

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Spectacular view of Mullaghmore Head in Co Sligo. Many politicians are heading for the Wild Atlantic Way during their time off. Photograph: iStock

Flare-ups between politicians in the final hours before Dáil Éireann rises for the summer recess are par for the course, but there was an edge to exch(...)

Mick Waters died after a long illness with cancer at the age of 76.

Mick Waters, the founder of Survivors of Child Abuse (Soca), one of the oldest groups advocating for former residents of industrial schools, has died (...)

SDLP leader John Hume pictured in January 1987. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The national and international standing of Nobel Laureate John Hume has been reflected in the flood of tributes paid to him for his work in achieving (...)

Passengers at the Departure Gates at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Let me see if I’ve got this right. Someone – because it’s all so Monty Pythonesque, let’s call her Judith – who is on the pandemic unemployment paymen(...)

Large clusters of parliamentarians are disaffected, for a variety of reasons, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

If you Google “shaky start” and “Irish politics”, the inevitable dates crop up: 1997; 2011; 2017; and 2020. What unites them is this: new governments (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has plenty of enemies behind him. But he has far greater problems facing him. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It is often said that any party leader’s deadliest enemies are not facing him across the floor of parliament but behind him on his own benches. Micheá(...)

Kalvin Keenan  spars with former minister for sport Shane Ross at Arbour Hill Boxing Club. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

The minister for sport stood at the top of the room and gave his usual minister for sport speech. Politicians generally do little to hide their ennui (...)

 Pádraig Harrington follows the line of a shot during the British Open at Carnoustie in 2007. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

On a July Sunday in 2007, a strange thing happened, as if the gods decreed all Irish sporting eyes would be on only one thing that day. In a strange q(...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness and Bobby Storey address supporters at a protest on the Falls Road over the arrest of Gerry Adams in 2014. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Veteran Republican masterminded Northern Bank Robbery and Maze prison escape before playing key role in Sinn Féin’s road to peace Nearly 1,800 men(...)

Eoghan Murphy, Josepha Madigan, Richard Bruton and Charlie Flanagan lost their Cabinet positions following the carve-up of roles between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party

Eight high-profile Fine Gael ministers have lost their Cabinet positions following the carve-up of roles between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green (...)

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