The Hard Shoulder: Kieran Cuddihy’s Newstalk show sometimes plumps for spice rather than sustenance

As host of The Hard Shoulder (Newstalk, weekdays) Kieran Cuddihy is used to dealing with all manner of unpalatable subjects. Even so, one item on(...)

Kerry’s Michael Healy-Rae said he’s not a climate change denier and he’s ‘not trying to say that we shouldn’t improve on the way we live’. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Rural Independent TDs highlighted pollution in Asia and the attacked the Government’s Climate Action Bill which they claim will damage farming and tou(...)

A deserted Grafton Street: the rate of new infections is seemingly stuck at  about  500 cases per day. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Pressure is building once again in retail and, especially, the hospitality sector for guidance from Government on when businesses may be able to reope(...)

Would the name “manhole” have to be changed to “personhole”,  asked Kerry TD Michael Healy Rea. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Minister of State Josepha Madigan has defended her call for an end to gender titles such as “chairman” and “spokesman” and maintains The Kerryman news(...)

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae declared 16 letting properties  in a Dáil register of members’ interests. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

One-quarter of TDs are property investors or landowners, the latest register of Dáil members’ interests shows, a drop from the previous Dáil, in which(...)

Eamon Ryan, one  TD declared, needed ‘to be put back in his green box’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It hasn’t been a great week for the Greens. But there is precious little sympathy for Eamon Ryan and his party from their coalition partners. News o(...)

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh: like something out of a Le Carré novel. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

This time of year, things usually go a bit mad around Leinster House. Political parties throw parties, the restaurant is heaving, the bar gets busy an(...)

Christmas decorations at the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin’s city centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

An immovable objectionable and an unstoppable force of argument dominated talk around Leinster House this week. Donald Trump losing the plot and refu(...)

Under the current arrangement in Leinster House, a maximum of 45 of the 160 TDs can cast their ballot. Photograph: Alan Betson

The sitting of the Dáil has moved from Leinster House to the Convention Centre to allow for a debate on a Sinn Féin motion of no confidence in Tánaist(...)

The Irish squad look on after France’s Antoine Dupont scores a try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A Six Nations decider on the last day of October, with a locked down Ronan O’Gara locked out of the Stade de France, forcing him out of Virgin Media’s(...)

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