Rory O Hanlon

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Ray McSharry: the Fianna Fáil grandee was treated to a surprise This Is Your Life party featuring familiar faces of the party down the years.    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The great, the good and the ghosts of Fianna Fáil past gathered in Sligo at the weekend to pay homage to party grandee Ray MacSharry. The former tána(...)

Ardal O'Hanlon. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ardal O’Hanlon meets me in the cafe at the National Library of Ireland, next door to his father’s old workplace, Dáil Éireann. He’s neat and trim, dre(...)

Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher speaks to Sean O’Rourke at RTÉ Radio studios on Tuesday. Photograph: Collins

Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher has said he is “very proud” of his time in Fianna Fáil and denied he had tried to hide his involvement with the (...)

Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher: “In my lifetime I will see a united Ireland and that is important for me.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One week in autumn 2011, Seán Gallagher was everywhere. A week later, he had disappeared. Tweetgate essentially ended whatever chance he had of defea(...)

 Supreme Court Judge, Mr Justice Frank Clarke pictured in the Four Courts after the announcement that he is to be appointed as the new chief justice. Photograph: Collins Courts

Most young barristers have to wait years for a meaty case to arrive on their desk. Frank Clarke was qualified less than a year when one of the biggest(...)

Haughey family members including Seán Haughey (left) and Ciarán Haughey (right) escort the remains of Maureen Haughey at her funeral at Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Maureen Haughey (91), who died on St Patrick’s Day, used to joke that her late father, former taoiseach Seán Lemass, could never pronounce the word lo(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Talk of reorganising the provision of medical care in Ireland is as old as the health service itself, and has certainly been around longer than the HS(...)

“I love the way people can  curate their own festival out of a programme with thousands of options. Essentially, it’s a month-long explosion of arts” Irishwoman Shone McCarthy, the new director of the Edinburgh Fringe

Hailstones are bouncing off the cobblestones, but the buskers across the Royal Mile from the Fringe Society’s bright blue door just keep on playing. (...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys at the Cavan-Monaghan count centre. She was the first TD elected in the constituency. Photograph: Aine McMahon.

Fianna Fáil’s newcomer Niamh Smyth has won the fourth and final seat in the Cavan-Monaghan constituency. Ms Smyth was elected on the 10th count with(...)

The Minister for Health Dr Rory O’Hanlon, taking full advanrage of a conducted tour of the Department of the Elderly extension at St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, Co Dublin, after he officially opened the building with Councillor Austin Groome, Chairman, eastern Health Board. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Did somebody say “election fever”? Maybe this isn’t what they meant. But here’s a word to the wise for all ministers for health, former ministers f(...)

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