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The craft of hurley making has written references to it in the 5th century. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The art of hurley making is not an art at all, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has decreed, as he ruled out including the ancient craft in tax br(...)

‘You can bet the house’ that Peter Casey, pictured, will run for the European Parliament, and the Dáil, according to his friend Senator Gerard Craughwell. Photo Nick Bradshaw

He hasn’t gone away, you know. Peter Casey, the initial no-hoper who confounded commentators and critics by coming a strong second to Michael D Higgi(...)

Ian Dempsey’s long-running Today FM breakfast show has added listeners. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Today FM’s Ian Dempsey and Newstalk’s Ivan Yates were among the main winners in the latest radio ratings, while Ryan Tubridy and Ray D’Arcy also added(...)

Tuned in: Eoghan McDermott, Miriam O’Callaghan, Matt Cooper, Ciara Kelly, Tracy Clifford and Ivan Yates

In a year when the news was marked by fearless women challenging officialdom and mouthy men with populist appeal, two broadcasters in particular caugh(...)

Rugby players  Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding: their trial and acquittal was the subject of “Documentary on One: Notes from a Belfast Rape Trial”. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

One of the most memorable slogans during the long campaign for women’s reproductive rights in Catholic-dominated Ireland was: “Get your rosaries off o(...)

Live gigs kill the radio star? Nicky Byrne, pictured with co-presenter Jenny Greene, will leave 2fm for an unconfirmed period when Westlife embarks on its reunion tour.

RTÉ 2fm closed in on rival Today FM’s market share, while Radio 1 added listeners in the morning but lost them in the afternoon, the latest radio figu(...)

Presidential candidates Gavin Duffy (third from left); Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada; Peter Casey; Sean Gallagher and Senator Joan Freeman pictured alongside Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates (at far left) on Virgin Media One’s The Tonight Show Presidential Election Special. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Sean Gallagher renewed his criticisms of what he described as President Michael D Higgins’s lack of transparency over Áras spending during Wednesday (...)

The presidential election takes place on Friday, October 26th.

Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher has changed his mind and will now participate in all remaining debates. Ahead of a televised debate with all s(...)

And it’s goodnight from me . . . The Coop and the Cap on Virgin Media’s ‘The Tonight Show’

This week Michael Healy-Rae infiltrated the Dublin 4 media bubble as the co-presenter of Virgin Media’s Tonight Show. He does so with the panache of (...)

Ryanair’s  Michael O’Leary attends a press conference in London on September 12th. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen,  AFP

Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, has said a biography of him written by journalist Matt Cooper contains “false claims and innuendo”. An e(...)

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