Ruairi Quinn

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Former tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: When in doubt, just forget. Photograph: Tom Honan

At the very outset – and let me be absolutely clear about this – I had no hand, act or part in the erection of last week’s column. I did not commissi(...)

Tadhg Ó Laoire, Saoirse Ní Mhechair, Jatan Brahmbhatt and Aobhaí Ní Dhuiginn, pupils at  Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille, Stepaside. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Brendan Shalvey put his daughter’s name down on the waiting list to attend his local Gaelscoil in Kilcock, Co Kildare, when she was just nine months o(...)

Bulmers cider maker C&C has been a consistent supporter of and advocate for minimum unit pricing in Ireland since it was first mooted in 2013. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Until the term was ruined by right-wing headbangers, “virtue-signalling” was useful as a descriptor for certain tendencies of the self-righteous gang (...)

Sinn Féin’s Northern Ireland leader Michelle O’Neill and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: ready to do a deal, but not met with enthusiasm by Arlene Foster and the DUP. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

We are living through a strange era when the ability of politicians to do what they have done since time immemorial – cut deals – is sometimes cast as(...)

Our standardised exams are one-dimensional and cannot reflect the diversity of contemporary culture or prepare students for a society in a constant state of flux

The structure of our second level classrooms mirrors the stifling rigidity of the curriculum at Junior and Leaving Cert. The teacher stands at the h(...)

Voluntary hospitals and agencies have service level agreements with the HSE governing services to be provided in return for exchequer funding. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is to establish a formal review examining the future role of voluntary hospitals in the delivery of health and social services in Irela(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin:  ignored by the usual “what we have we hold brigade” in the church who see him chiefly as the enemy within. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Were he prone to such things Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin might have indulged in a satisfying “I told you so” when dealing with the i(...)

“The notion that Ireland could somehow do a better deal if it was not tied to the EU 27 is laughable.” Photograph: iStock/Getty

A feature of some commentary on Brexit is the depiction of the European Union as a potential threat to this country’s future prosperity rather than th(...)

Dr Caroline Hussey, UCD; a ‘free spirit’ whose huge contribution to public service is a matter of record

During the 1989 General Election, Dr Caroline Hussey phoned Ruairí Quinn from the count centre for the Dublin South-East constituency early in the day(...)

“If you were to be asked to come up with a way not to design a piece of legislation, this would be it.” Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

The ideal judge is smart and self-possessed yet humble and acutely aware of his or her limitations. She has experience of life and the law but brims w(...)

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