Mary O Rourke

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Ray D’Arcy’s interview with Mary O’Rourke brought a light touch to  a tense week

The movement of people is restricted, the gardaí are shutting off streets, while confusion and scepticism grow about official measures. Never mind the(...)

Bohemians’ Keith Ward amused by the conditions during Saturday’s Airtricity  League Premier Division match against Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

When King Mongkut of Siam hired Jodie Foster to be his children’s teacher, you wonder did he tell her in advance that he had 82 of them in all, with j(...)

Sinn Féin’s Martin Kenny TD canvassing Karen Dockery from Annaghduff, Co Leitrim, in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

Children from 33 nationalities attend Scoil Mhuire primary school in Carrick-on-Shannon, the town where Iraqi-born youngster Zak Moradi learned how to(...)

Then Labour leader and tánaiste Dick Spring avoided the initial handshake with Gerry Adams on the steps of Government Buildings [on September 6th, 1994] because “it was not my scene”. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Amid the political crisis in Dublin in 1994 which saw the collapse of the Fianna Fáil-Labour coalition, tánaiste Dick Spring told the British ambassad(...)

Shane Sutton is a key witness but walked out of Dr Freeman’s ongoing medical tribunal last month. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Richard Freeman’s barrister has claimed a current British Cycling coach used a Coke can containing urine to try to help Shane Sutton cover up a doping(...)

Shane Sutton:  ‘I haven’t lied. He’s hiding behind a screen, which is spineless.’ Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Former head coach of British Cycling and Team Sky Shane Sutton has refused to return to Dr Richard Freeman’s medical tribunal despite efforts to persu(...)

Ray McSharry: the Fianna Fáil grandee was treated to a surprise This Is Your Life party featuring familiar faces of the party down the years.    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The great, the good and the ghosts of Fianna Fáil past gathered in Sligo at the weekend to pay homage to party grandee Ray MacSharry. The former tána(...)

 Mary O’Rourke helping to launch Fraud Awareness Week: never divulge financial information by telephone or email. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Former minister Mary O’Rourke has spoken of how she was almost taken in by a fraudster purporting to be from the Revenue Commissioners. Mrs O’Rourke(...)

Sinead McSweeney and her son Séamus follow the remains of  husband and father Noel Whelan at the Church of the Holy Name in Ranelagh. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Political commentator and barrister Noel Whelan was a “force in the world” who “never wasted a day”, his funeral Mass has heard. Sinéad McSweeney des(...)

Close to two decades later, we are facing a mess that never had to be. Photograph: Michael Smith/Getty

My apologies for weighing in so late on the national broadband debate. The reason why, is because I weighed in so early on the national broadband deb(...)

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