The funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at the Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When Liam Cosgrave’s beloved wife, Vera, predeceased him, he contacted his friend of long standing, Msgr John Wilson, to discuss the funeral arrangeme(...)

Military Pallbearers carry the coffin into the church at funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Integrity was the hallmark of Liam Cosgrave’s private and professional life, mourners were told at the former taoiseach’s funeral Mass on Saturday. “(...)

Joe McHugh: ‘I’d be fluent at this stage. I do all my business through Irish and do live interviews in Irish.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh goes back to school today. Previously a summer school student in Glencolmcille, Co Donegal, with langua(...)

When it came to concerts, the late conductor Neville Marriner put the soloist as the number one consideration, then the repertoire, then the conductor and then the orchestra

Twice within the space of a week I’ve had concert-goers approach me to bemoan the size of the attendance at an RTÉ orchestral concert.  Personal(...)

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar: a career politician, whose drive and determination come with personal sacrifice. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fifteen years ago, a 23-year-old Leo Varadkar wrote to The Irish Times proposing a new system for electing the leader of Fine Gael. He, and the co-si(...)

As Garda controversy follows Garda controversy, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is risking her own political future by  protecting  Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan resigned in 2014 after a visit at home from the then secretary general of the Department of Justice, t(...)

Beards are all the rage for police officers over in the UK but are banned for gardaí. Photograph: iStock

Rank-and-file gardaí want the right to grow beards and to scrap the ban on facial hair for gardaí in uniforms. The Garda Representative Association (G(...)

Jonathan Sugarman, a former Unicredit Bank Ireland risk manager, said he is “totally unemployable as a result of upholding the law of Ireland”.

Ireland has “absolutely and completely destroyed the lives of every single whistleblower” that has dared reveal irregularities to officials, a former (...)

Spanish Wine Week: roll out the barrel.

A good glass of wine in Spain rarely comes without something small and delicious to eat served alongside, so it is excellent to see so many food-relat(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan with Policing Authority chair Josephine Feehily. “Not surprisingly, the weak legislation establishing the Policing Authority has resulted in a weak Policing Authority in practice.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Clare Daly and I first met Garda whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson in September 2012. Sgt McCabe highlighted a litany of failures and malp(...)