Leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin with members of the Fianna Fáil  parliamentary party ahead of the party’s think-in  in Longford, on Monday. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

The Fianna Fáil parliamentary party’s September think-ins are a far cry nowadays from the heady days of Inchydoney in west Cork in 2004 or the Ardilau(...)

Denise and David Heather in their store which specialises in outsized shoes at Arran Quay, Dublin which is now closing down. Photographs: Bryan O’Brien

Today, the doors will close at Number 8 Arran Quay in Dublin for the final time, and a family business that has been trading since 1868 will cease. Ou(...)

“Nice pace – shame about the maple leaf socks.” Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar jogging in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: PA Wire

We are living through a golden period of Canadian-Irish relations, if we are to take the level of engagement between the two governments at face value(...)

Sean Maguire in action for his new club Preston North End. Photograph: Getty Images

The first time I heard the “magical power of airplanes” gag, in relation to a player called into an Ireland squad I laughed out loud. It was October (...)

'Vincent Browne on TV3 showed a genuine commitment to diversity.’ Photograph: Brian McEvoy

It is kind of hard to believe that Vincent Browne is set to finish up his late night television show at the end of this month. The programme had lost(...)

Garda Eve Doherty at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins

A garda accused of harassing a State solicitor could not be linked by any computer used by her to a photograph of the solicitor used on abusive poster(...)

The new bin charges proposals allow for the abolishing of a flat-rate fee imposed on householders by some waste companies. Instead, homeowners would have the option of paying by lift or paying by weight. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

We have two big words for you to mull over this morning, and being an equal opportunities digest, they come from both sides of the garbage divide. T(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will leave the office with State’s economy in much better shape than when he took over. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

When Michael Noonan took over as Minister for Finance in March 2011, the economy was on the floor, public debt and borrowing were dangerously high and(...)

Publicity shot: Cllr Leo Varadkar running in Dublin West for Fine Gael in the 2007 general election.

February 23rd, 1999 Mary O’Rourke’s outburst reveals either a breathtaking ignorance of European law and politics or, worse still, a calculated an(...)

Ireland’s next taoiseach:  Leo Varadkar arrives at the Fine Gael count on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Buying pints on an early-summer evening in Dublin may have seemed a pleasant task, but it was work all the same. John Paul Phelan, the Fine Gael TD fo(...)