Des O’Malley and Ann McCabe: ‘Jerry also travelled a bit with Des. They became close and we were all invited out to his house in Corbally.’

Det Garda Jerry McCabe and Det Garda Ben O’Sullivan grew close to Des O’Malley, when they were bodyguards for the politician and his family, when they(...)

Mary Lou McDonald in Belfast recently. Photograph: Sinn Fein/PA Wire

The politics of condemnation came in from the cold for Sinn Féin this week. Or did it? Decades after adopting this clever phrase as cover for its un(...)

Everybody knew the list would be added to as a new surge of Covid-19 affects Europe and beyond. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Yes it’s April Fool’s Day folks but there are no pranks here this morning, just a lot of people, who should know better, looking very foolish indeed. (...)

What we need is not just an exit plan from the current lockdown, but a longer-term exit plan from the republic of Nphet. Photograph:  Getty Images

There is a theme emerging from Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s latest pronouncements. He was “surprised” at the call by Catholic bishops for an easing of C(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin shakes hands with Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald as Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar looks on at the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin in February, 2020. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Almost 20 Fianna Fáil TDs have said they would not rule out holding coalition talks with Sinn Féin after the next general election. It comes after Ta(...)

Van Morrison recently suggested that we need to ‘stand up, speak up and fight the pseudo-science’ about Covid-19.

Can we organise a moratorium on the “I never liked [bad person’s] work anyway” construction? The idle boast has been around for a while — no doubt, in(...)

Parliament Buildings in Stormont, Belfast. ‘Most unionists will be quietly relieved that, despite everything, Northern Ireland is still in the UK.’ File photograph: Peter Morrison/PA Wire

Unionism begins 2021 – Northern Ireland’s centenary – with a problem: a problem built upon an irony. The main plank of the pro-union argument has been(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the EU Commission, had their dinner in Brussels last night as talks drag on. Photograph: Aaron Chown

Deal or No-Deal The way things are going in Brexit negotiations it would be no great surprise to see Noel Edmonds rock up to 10 Downing Street on Sun(...)

The DUP Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson indicated on Tuesday that if Sinn Féin pressed for such a move his party would reciprocate by seeking to demand that travellers from the Republic also would have to quarantine when entering Northern Ireland. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

The DUP has stated that the Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill stood on a “political landmine” by suggesting that due to Covid-19 people(...)

Belfast mural depicting Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill (L) and the DUP’s Arlene Foster as the unlikely bedfellow characters from the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

How is it that Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill seem to be getting on so well? In the past couple of weeks the DUP First Minister and Sinn Féin Depu(...)

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