John Healy

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“Leo Varadkar comes from a generation that places an enormous premium on being connected and being in touch, that is locked in the feedback loop of approval.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

John Concannon, head of the Government’s now notorious Strategic Communications Unit (SCU), is not Josef Goebbels. The SCU is not, as one might think (...)

In 2003, Chuck Feeney signed off on a decision to spend all of his fortune in his lifetime. “Giving while living,” he called it.

Chuck Feeney today is a man of no property. He and his wife Helga live in a modest rented apartment in San Francisco. He has no car or luxuries of any(...)

A provisional liquidator has been appointed by the High Court to a small brewery on Achill Island. Mr Justice Paul Gilligan on Friday appointed chart(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave as he donated his father’s papers to the Royal Irish Academy in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

His election slogan in the 1973 general election campaign sums up what Liam Cosgrave’s political career was about. It was: “Cosgrave puts the nation (...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

His election slogan in the 1973 general election campaign sums up what Liam Cosgrave’s political career was about. It was: “Cosgrave puts the nation (...)

 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(...)

It is not often that one (me!) experiences here such simple joy as detailing the history of a word begotten in this newspaper. Now an adult of 43 in t(...)

Paul Murphy (right) and six other men are charged with falsely imprisoning former Tánaiste Joan Burton during an anti-water charges protest three years ago. The other men (clockwise from top left) are: Scott Masterson, Michael Murphy, Kieran Mahon, Frank Donaghy, Ken Purcell and Michael Banks. Photographs: Collins

The Solidarity TD Paul Murphy was “smiling and chuckling” during the events at Jobstown in 2014 and appeared to be “enjoying the day”, a Garda witness(...)

A bird in the hand ... Singer Mundy is the latest contestant to leave the Celebrity MasterChef kitchen

“Monday morning couldn’t guarantee that Monday evening you would still be here with me.” Singer-songwriter Mundy couldn’t have put it better himself a(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for  Rural  Affairs Heather Humphreys  and Minister Dennis Naughton at the launch of the Action Plan for Regional Development : would the Government not be better with a more compact, and so more realistic, plan?  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reading the action plan for rural development launched during the week under the title Realising Our Rural Potential, I was reminded of the Mayo journ(...)

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