Charlie Haughey

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Sean O’Rourke: ‘I cracked it in the end and now I’m walking away.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When he opens his front door in Killiney, Co Dublin, Sean O’Rourke bows to me instead of shaking my hand. “That’s what Charlie Haughey used to like hi(...)

Former taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald at home in Ranelagh. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Garret FitzGerald was forced to flee when gardaí carrying batons charged a crowd trying to break into Trinity College Dublin on the eve of Victory in (...)

Ruby Walsh took the 2019 Irish Grand National on Burrows Saint. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s Easter Monday which means I should be working at Fairyhouse and resenting the hell out of the 150th Irish Grand National. Instead, and like so mu(...)

Sinn Féin won the highest share of the popular vote (24.5%) ahead of Fianna Fáil with 22%, but it won fewer Dáil seats than Fianna Fáil – 37 versus 38 . Photograph: iStock

When does a new government have to be formed by? There is no deadline for this as there are, in legal and constitutional terms, no rules on forming a(...)

Michael Kiernan scores a drop goal to win the Triple Crown for Ireland in their match against England at Lansdowne Road in 1985. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Grand Slams went beyond the consciousness of children in the 1980s – unseen heroics by Karl Mullen and Jack Kyle – but Triple Crowns were known artefa(...)

Sean Haughey at the Dublin Bay North count in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke

The scandal over TDs voting for absent colleagues meant Sean Haughey (58) got a promotion, from spokesman on European Affairs to foreign affairs spoke(...)

Paddy O’Mahony (100) from Cullen,  Cork will be voting in his 23rd general election. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Paddy O’Mahony from Cullen, north Cork is 100 years old and preparing to vote in a general election for the 23rd time. Born on Christmas Day, 1919 in(...)

Rick Astley’s well worn campaign pledges may appeal to many of the electorate.

Politics is a strange business Get off your big crikey sweet niblets Leo! Well, we don’t know what that means either but it formed a small part of a (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald during the fourth TV election debate, on RTÉ. Photograph: EPA/Niall Carson

Tuesday night debate club at RTÉ television centre, the RTÉ election colour wheel had returned to every shiny surface and a trio of political hopefuls(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey waves to supporters outside Leinster House after his election as taoiseach in 1987. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Files from the Department of the Taoiseach show there was unconfined joy among some of Charlie Haughey’s most fervent supporters when he returned as t(...)

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