President Michael D Higgins pictured at UCD, Belfield, Co Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

The secretary general of the Department of the Taoiseach, Martin Fraser, is due to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday as par(...)

President Michael D Higgins with Attorney General Séamus Woulfe after the members of the new Cabinet received their seals of office last year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Flann O’Brien has a character in one of his novels, a policeman, who had spent so much time on the saddle of a bicycle that the molecules of the saddl(...)

Denis O’Brien objected that the constitutional provision  gives an enormous power which may be abused. Photograph: Collins Courts

Denis O’Brien’s most recent High Court case concerned Dáil statements made after he had obtained injunctions ordering RTÉ not to publish the very info(...)

Sgt Maurice McCabe:  favours a tribunal of inquiry over a commission of investigation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It seemed to be an obvious decision: Sgt Maurice McCabe and his family said that the inquiry had to be in the form of a tribunal of inquiry rather tha(...)

As regards the question of making major appointments, when Mr Reynolds, as caretaker, in 1994, filled two casual vacancies in the Seanad and appointed an Irish consul in Pakistan.Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

One of the few things, which does seem relatively certain amidst the encircling gloom of uncertainty is that, come Thursday evening, we shall have a c(...)

President Michael D Higgins: “I have a very good working relationship under article 28 of the Constitution.” Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Ministers have refused to be drawn into any criticism of President Michael D Higgins over his comments about direct provision for asylum seekers wh(...)

It was late October 2000, and opinion was split around the cabinet table. In a landmark ruling a few weeks previously, the High Court had decided that(...)