Mary O Rourke

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Mary O’Rourke, former Fianna Fáil government minister, at her home in Athlone after getting her second Covid-19 vaccination. Photograph: Alan Betson

The former Fianna Fáil politician Mary O’Rourke says she cannot wait to give her grandchildren a “tight, tight hug” now that she has received her seco(...)

Cllr Aengus O’Rourke moving the dumped fridge

Faced with the sight of a fridge-freezer full of rotting food dumped on the green in a housing estate in Athlone, Co Westmeath, Aengus O’Rourke, a loc(...)

As noted in the recently published OECD review of the senior cycle, the traditional Leaving Cert has simply become a “filter for entry into higher education”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The debate over the best way to assess Leaving Cert students this year is in full flow. Should be it be calculated grades? A more traditional exam? A (...)

Stát Rúnaí an Tuaiscirt, Douglas Hurd. Grianghraf: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

FOCLÓIR: cinneadh - decision, forálacha - provisions (of an Act) , comhad - file, rúnda - secret, neamhbhalbh - blunt, naíolann - nursery, ásc - insta(...)

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(...)

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