Bob Barnes, with family members at the funeral of his wife former TD, Senator and member of the Council of State, Monica Barnes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Fine Gael senator and TD Monica Barnes was described as “open and optimistic’’ by her daughter, Sarah, at her funeral in Killiney, Co Dublin. (...)

The funeral of TK (Ken) Whitaker at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The late TK Whitaker may have been “a great patriot and Irish man of the 20th century” but to his family he was just “a most wonderful father,” his s(...)

Eithne Fitzgerald’s Freedom of Information Act was recognised as a genuinely reforming piece of legislation when it was introduced in 1997. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some months after the general election in 2002, the Sunday Tribune submitted a freedom of information request to the Department of Foreign Affairs (...)