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(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Liam Cosgrave has died aged 97. Mr Cosgrave led the Fine Gael-Labour coalition Government which ended 16 years (...)

Grafton Group CEO Gavin Slark: shareholders will be looking forward to the details of Grafton Group’s first-half performance this week following very positive indications. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

MONDAY Indicators: Irish retail sales (July); euro zone loan growth (July) TUESDAY Results: Datalex Indicators: Irish overseas travel (May-July);(...)

 Supreme Court Judge, Mr Justice Frank Clarke pictured in the Four Courts after the announcement that he is to be appointed as the new chief justice. Photograph: Collins Courts

Most young barristers have to wait years for a meaty case to arrive on their desk. Frank Clarke was qualified less than a year when one of the biggest(...)

Yanis Varoufakis’s motto was “If you cannot imagine walking out of a negotiation, you should not enter it.” In the end, he was thrown out for trying to discuss the emperor’s new clothes. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

It is inconceivable that an Irish finance minister would resign on a question of principle. But Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister from Janu(...)

Attorney General Máire Whelan SC, who was nominated by the Government this week for appointment as a judge of the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Through much of the 20th century, there was an unwritten convention that an attorney general would have first refusal on senior judicial positions. Ma(...)

Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe campaign in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Declan Costello, the author of Fine Gael’s Towards a Just Society, was once a TD for the part of Dublin that I now represent. It is a huge privilege t(...)

Simon Coveney  at the publication on May 21st of his road map to change Fine Gael, government and the country. Photograph: Kenneth O Halloran

For Simon Coveney, it is the soul of Fine Gael. For supporters of Leo Varadkar, it is just a slogan, or a moment in the party’s history, that it is no(...)

The public takes quite a different view of the Fine Gael leadership election campaign than the members of the parliamentary party, according to today’(...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar during the launch of his policy document, Taking Ireland Forward, as part of his campaign for the Fine Gael leadership, at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar’s dog whistles are the most disquieting in this subverted Fine Gael leadership contest. The stuff about supporting people “who get up in (...)

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