Peter Murtagh

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Dara Calleary arrives at the count centre at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Dara Calleary (42) is from Ballina in north Mayo, from a family that is steeped in Fianna Fáil. His grandfather, Phelim Calleary, was a TD for Mayo No(...)

Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader  Enda Kenny  speaks to reporters  at the general election count centre in Castlebar, Co Mayo on Saturday.  Photograph: Reuters

The electorate has decided not to return the Fine Gael and Labour coalition to office, Taoiseach Enda Kenny conceded on Saturday night. Mr Kenny, wh(...)

 Garda Sharon Casserly was being treated for broken limbs in University Hospital Galway this week when her condition deteriorated. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

One of two gardaí injured in a road incident which claimed the life of a 66-year-old man in south Galway is still seriously ill in hospital. Garda Sh(...)

PJ Mara and  Charles Haughey: Mara’s star was inextricably linked to the fortunes of the former taoiseach – political and otherwise. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Wall-to-wall tributes to PJ at the moment. In the main, they are affectionate, warm and nostalgic. After all, it’s PJ Mara we’re talking about here. (...)

The funeral of Wesley Burrowes, the writer of the long-running drama ‘Glenroe’, at Christ Church in Bray Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Writer Wesley Burrowes was remembered at his funeral on Wednesday as a man of wit and charm, a lover of many things but, above all, a storyteller who (...)

Loyalist theatre launch: Bobby Niblock (right) with William Mitchell

The difficulty getting former loyalist paramilitaries to express themselves through the arts was highlighted yesterday by a Northern Ireland playwrigh(...)

Rob Penn: “I couldn’t believe that in Ireland, the game of hurley was still being played with an ash stick.”

When Robert Penn was a boy, he grew to love the ash tree by the gate that led to the field where he played near his home on the Isle of Man. It was a(...)

Denis  O’Brien: claims PR firm Red Flag Consulting is involved in a conspiracy against him. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

A speech by Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney that has emerged as the central focus of businessman Denis O’Brien’s legal action against a Dublin public (...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien. File  photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The computer memory stick at the centre of Denis O’Brien’s latest legal action contains some 80 files – including newspaper cuttings, Dáil and legal t(...)

Maj Gen Michael Finn:  ‘It is a critical challenge to find ways to address the contentious issue of caveats and to maintain the integrity of peacekeeping missions into the future.’ Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Overseas missions are “vitally important” to the Defence Forces and help to project a very good image of Ireland internationally , according to a seni(...)

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