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 The Irish Times had 24 journalists in the top 100 list. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP

Virgin Media political correspondent Gavan Reilly has been named Ireland’s most influential journalist on Twitter for 2019, topping a list of 100 user(...)

Sean O’Rourke. Photograph: RTÉ

As he works out his final week as a radio host, Sean O’Rourke finds himself back where he’s always been most comfortable – at the cutting edge of news(...)

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(...)

A singular presence: Michael Healy-Rae. Photograph: Tom Honan

It’s the theme of the election: outstripped by a disruptive insurgent with a populist touch, the faltering establishment incumbent searches through hi(...)

Aileen Hickie:  new CEO of Parentline. “I would like to raise the profile and the awareness, mainly because I would like more people to know what a fantastic resource it is.” Photograph: Alan Betson

“Small children, small problems. Big children, big problems.” It’s a saying that is of no comfort to parents of young children but resonates with tho(...)

Leo Varadkar at Virgin Media Studios in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

If you are eating your porridge now, please pause for a second, put down your spoon, until after we share the view of our Arts and Culture Editor Hugh(...)

The Tonight Show Leaders’ Debate featured presenter Ivan Yates, Labour leader Brendan Howlin, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Solidarity/People Before Profit’s Mick Barry, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Social Democrats’ co-leader Catherine Murphy, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan and presenter Matt Cooper. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography

Before it even started, the Leaders’ Debate (Virgin Media One, Thursday) was suffering an identity crisis: it couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be (...)

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin at the seven-way leaders General Election debate at the Virgin Media Studios in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson

The only missing ingredients from the latest leaders’ debate were individual entrance tunes for each of the participants, just like in professional wr(...)

Ryan Tubridy got more political than he meant to last week. Photograph: RTÉ

As he surveys the papers at the start of his show, Ryan Tubridy has some good news for those already suffering from election fatigue. “Obviously it’s (...)

The first debate between Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is happening earlier in the 2020 general election campaign than expected. Photographs: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times and Gareth Chaney/Collins

The first televised leaders’ debate between the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will take place on Wednesday night on Vir(...)

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