Dick Spring

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 A view of Ireland’s proposal. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

If their press conferences at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington were any yardstick whatsoever, the Irish bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was c(...)

 Ireland’s Rugby World Cup    bid ambassador Brian O’Driscoll; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; and Ireland 2023 oversight board chairman   Dick Spring. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Monday marks another significant landmark in the three-way battle between Ireland, South Africa and France for the right to host the 2023 World Cup. T(...)

 Bernard Laporte: “I think the fact we got 2024 shows clearly that there are security assurances that have been given.” Photograph:  Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

The translator arrives on time but Bernard Laporte and The Irish Times are early. The Irish Times (in well-practiced French): “Désolé je ne parle pas(...)

Trainer Willie Mullins: “There was a great will, and it’s found a way.”   Photograph: David Davies/PA

Willie Mullins “That’s great” was the reaction from the otherwise occupied champion trainer when told the news of the decision to keep Cistercian Col(...)

Cistercian College has among its alumni former taoiseach Brian Cowen and his brother Barry Cowen TD. Photograph: Courtesy of Wikipedia

Cistercian College in Roscrea is to remain open against the odds after the trustees of the historic boarding school voted in favour of a rescue packag(...)

Ted Moynihan: “People like Ted are the frequently unsung heroes of the voluntary sector which makes such a significant contribution to many areas of Irish life,’’ said  Leesha Duffy of the Kerry Association in Dublin. Photograph: YouTube

Campaigner Ted Moynihan, who has raised more than €11 million for the Hospice Foundation, has been named Kerry Person of the Year. Mr Moynihan will (...)

The impatience with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in his own party  is turning into something harder, more restless, and more immediate. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Coalition Government, and particularly the central hub of it around the Taoiseach’s office, has undergone the political equivalent of a nervous br(...)

Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan in 2013: Howlin is “a politician of government, not one of opposition”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Strange times indeed. Stephen Donnelly has shimmied across the Opposition benches to Fianna Fáil. Mary Lou McDonald is making eyes at Fianna Fáil and (...)

The new Fine Gael front bench in June 1982, with taoiseach Garret FitzGerald seated third from left; current Taoiseach Enda Kenny, then newly appointed minister for the Gaeltacht, is standing first left. Photograph: Pat Langan

A letter from then taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, found on the 1986 attorney general file, warned all ministers of the “undesirable” nature of Cabinet l(...)

Long live the king?  Bertie Ahern is to be invited to rejoin Fianna Fáil. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

June 1977 Bertie Ahern, a 25- year-old accounts clerk at the Mater hospital in Dublin, stands for Fianna Fáil in the three-seat constituency of Dub(...)

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