Jim Kemmy

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Mary Coughlan celebrating her appointment as Minister for Agriculture in 2004. Photograph: Frank Miller

After Constance Markievicz, Ireland had no woman at cabinet for 60 years. In the past century, there have been just 19 female ministers - and two fema(...)

An anti-abortion march in Dublin in 1982. “If you believe that abortion is a great moral evil, Ireland before the Eighth was just about the best place on Earth.” Photograph: Tom Lawlor

There is not much that the two sides in the abortion referendum campaign will ever agree on. But one perception they share is that the insertion of th(...)

Dolores O’Riordan: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led tributes in the Dáil on Tuesday to the musician and songwriter. Photograph: Reuters

The death of Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan is not being treated as suspicious, police in London have said. Police were called to the Hilto(...)

Singer Dolores O’Riordan performing on stage during a concert in Tirana on June 20th, 2007. Photograph: Arben Celi/ Reuters

Tributes have been pouring in for Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, who was found dead in a London hotel yesterday aged 46. Luminaries from (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan before the announcement of  Budget 2015. Photograph: The Irish Times

The budgets of the early 1970s when Ireland was in recession were best captured by RTE’s brilliant satire Hall’s Pictorial Weekly. Eamon Morrissey di(...)

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin have only three options: a minority government, some form of coalition or partnership or another election.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny was not expected to make a play for a grand coalition quite so soon in his first engagement with his Fianna Fáil counterpa(...)

Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills, addresses delegates at the Clayton Hotel in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Ministers are used to being booed and heckled at teacher conferences but not Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. A warm reception from the INTO i(...)

Former president and UN secretary-general’s special envoy on climate change Mary Robinson (right) with Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Harry McGee Political Correspondent It was possibly the strangest St Valentine’s Day wooing in recent Irish political memory but the unexpected declar(...)

Jan O’Sullivan: ‘What happened with the introduction of free fees is that it has increased participation in general but it hasn’t got rid of the inequality in terms of participation levels.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

As managerial appointments go, Jan O’Sullivan’s was a popular one. Like Martin O’Neill to Ruairi Quinn’s Trapattoni, O’Sullivan was taking over from a(...)

The life of Margaret Patricia (Patsy) Harrold, who has died aged 83, very much mirrored the writings of her fellow Limerick natives Frank McCourt and (...)

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