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Taoiseach Martin backed by Minister Ross? An unlikely result. However stranger things have happened in Irish politics.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The late PJ Mara knew that a general election was more than just one contest. His formula for Fianna Fáil was to view it as 41 separate contests: a na(...)

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin speaking at the party’s Ard Fheis, at Citywest, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Micheál Martin was somewhere between delighted and terrified. The half smile on his face, perhaps suppressing a full beam lest those watching at hom(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien was among the coffin-bearers, as the remains of PJ Mara, the former government press secretary, were removed to St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

A Requiem Mass for Patrick Joseph (PJ) Mara, the former government press secretary and Fianna Fáil strategist, has taken place in Dublin. Former tao(...)

“The takeaway message from its negative poster this week might be that it has ceded control of the narrative to Fine Gael.”  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

In the week running up to the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis in Citywest there has been no shortage of reminders of the party’s past. The Oireachtas banking inq(...)

PJ Mara and  Charles Haughey: Mara’s star was inextricably linked to the fortunes of the former taoiseach – political and otherwise. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Wall-to-wall tributes to PJ at the moment. In the main, they are affectionate, warm and nostalgic. After all, it’s PJ Mara we’re talking about here. (...)

The late PJ Mara and former Fianna Fáil  leader Bertie Ahern, who said Mara was “able to handle almost any situation”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Tributes have been paid to Patrick Joseph (PJ) Mara, the former government press secretary and Fianna Fáil strategist, who died yesterday aged 73. Mr(...)

PJ Mara: “Eulogising that followed the announcement of his death on Friday was not uniform.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Everybody in the media liked PJ Mara. Even journalists who didn’t like what PJ stood for, liked PJ personally. And therein lies a problem because the(...)

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as PJ Mara and Aidan Gillen as Charles Haughey in the 2015 RTE TV series ‘Charlie’

Patrick Freyne Colin Teevan, screenwriter for the 2015 TV series ‘Charlie’, recalls meeting the late Government press secretary PJ Mara – who has d(...)

PJ Mara “brought immense humour, judgement and commitment to the role”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tributes have been paid to former government press secretary PJ Mara who has died aged 73. Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern described his close friend, (...)

A file image of PJ Mara from 1983. He was Charles Haughey’s press officer and confidant in the 1980s and Bertie Ahern’s director of elections for each of the three-in-a-row victories between 1997 and 2007. File photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

PJ Mara was a flamboyant, larger-than-life character who played a central role in Fianna Fáil for more than three decades. He was Charles Haughey’s (...)

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