DJ Niall Boylan from Classic Hits 4fm. In enthusiastically encouraging people to vent on both real problems and pet peeves, the host walks a fine line between airing grievances and fuelling resentment. Photograph: Michael Donnelly/4fm

One of the symptoms of our polarised times is that figures who might previously have been seen as extreme now appear as voices of reason. Think of th(...)

US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a “Make America Great Again” campaign rally with US President Donald Trump in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 1st. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty.

Six members of the Young Fine Gael national executive have demanded a “full explanation” from the group’s president after he attended a conference org(...)

In December 2017, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar assured Northern unionists: “The Irish Government has no hidden agenda.” Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

During the difficult, bloody days of 1972, Fine Gael’s Garret FitzGerald wrote to a contact of his in Northern Ireland: “I have had further occasion t(...)

 Polling station signage in Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

While thousands of young people have been deeply involved on both sides of the abortion referendum campaign over the last month, large numbers of youn(...)