Senator Barry Ward is celebrating his engagement to fellow Fine Gaeler Aoife McLoughlin-Ngo.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s a brave Government politician who would organise a big social bash these days, inviting a shedload of Coalition leading lights to an evening of c(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The political debate in Northern Ireland has become “quite aggressive” in recent weeks, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said. “The ide(...)

Justin McCarthy, editor and chief executive of the Irish Farmers Journal. Photograph: Alan Betson

When the coronavirus crisis erupted, Justin McCarthy expected sales of the Irish Farmers Journal would dip as much as 20 per cent. Instead, they start(...)

Cpt Ciara Ní Ruairc,  from Kildare, is part of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), which was first deployed in 1991

It’s not everyone’s choice of a spot to spend the summer – a dugout in the Golan Heights, or a live-fire training camp in Mali – although there are ot(...)

David McCullagh in the This Week studio

RTÉ Prime Time presenter David McCullagh will join the team on the This Week programme with Carole Coleman and Justin McCarthy part of a new on-air te(...)

When considering the purchase of a second-hand home, bring along a general builder, seasoned carpenter or professional snagger, to assess the property. Photograph: Getty Images

House-hunting in the second-hand market can often feel like a game of Russian roulette: should you walk away from that musty 1950s semi-D with cracked(...)

‘Liveline’ host Joe Duffy is upset, but surely part of the frustration is that he knows his outrage is futile in the face of statutory processes. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

After two decades of listening to people’s woes, one would imagine nothing can surprise Joe Duffy any more. It’s not that he’s totally unshakeable, bu(...)

Self-portrait, 1914, by Margaret Clarke. Copyright the artist’s estate

By any standard, the artist Margaret Clarke, nee Crilly, was a high achiever. She was born in Newry, Co Down, in 1884 to a family in which learning wa(...)

The ’match is on’ as soon as the British government triggers article 50 Phil Hogan has said. Photograph: Eric Luke

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has cast doubt on the maintenance of the common travel area in a post-Brexit situation. He also questioned whe(...)

It’s easy to understand why Waterford didn’t want to play the Munster final in Thurles. But it didn’t work out for them at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick either. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sunday will mark the half-way point of the season. Last weekend there was a perceptible slump in public mood after Tipperary’s power play apparently b(...)

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