Peter Mathews

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In 1994, at the Irish senior championships, they were pulling runners out of the mud for hours afterwards. There must be dozens of spikes still buried in those fields, lost souvenirs of a running war.

We were already ankle deep in mud and soon to be destroyed by the madness, starving, hysterical, naked. There are some things that young and innocent (...)

Peter Mathews:  August 14th 1951 to  February 27th 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Obituary: Peter Mathews

Former Fine Gael and Independent TD Peter Mathews, who has died aged 65 years, was an outspoken and controversial politician who had little time for t(...)

Peter Mathews (right) with Shane Ross at a public meeting in Stepaside in January last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

At the funeral on Friday morning in Donnybrook of the former Fine Gael TD Peter Mathews, his passing will be mourned by his loving family, colleagues (...)

Independent candidate Shane Ross celebrates being elected in the Dublin Rathdown constituency. He was the first TD elected in the State in the general election. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Fine Gael’s Alan Shatter has lost his Dáil seat with the Green Party’s deputy leader Catherine Martin leapfrogging him on the last count to record a s(...)

Independent Peter Mathews and his brother Mark canvassing outside Dundrum Town Centre: “I’m not far-left, or far-right.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Peter Mathews is doing what he always does: talking and talking and barely drawing breath. He is railing against the European Central Bank, lashing o(...)

The doughty Mattie McGrath: Voted against the Orwellian titled Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

There are a lot of people still scratching their heads about who to vote for in the upcoming election. The old party loyalties have broken down to t(...)

John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance group, at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be considerable interest in the performance of Independent candidates, given opinion polls are suggesting they could hold the balance of po(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Eric Luke

It’s vicious in Cork South-Central, where five high-profile sitting TDs are battling for one of four seats in this redrawn constituency. There’ll be b(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: theatrical wink towards Dáil press gallery. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

The Taoiseach isn’t sure the Heritage Bill will beat the legislative clock. “I can’t give you a guarantee it will be dealt with finally and fully bef(...)

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