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Lemass’s contribution to Irish society and the economy ‘is not celebrated as much as it should be’ and should be marked at a national level, says FF Senator Malcolm Byrne. File photograph: The Irish Times

A call has been made for Dublin Airport to be named after former taoiseach Seán Lemass. The 50th anniversary of his death is marked on Tuesday. Fian(...)

The National Children’s Hospital: When the famous report is published, look for it in the horror section. Photograph: Alan Betson

“I confirm I am in Leinster House” announced Brendan Howlin, from his office.“It is snowing outside,” he added to further establish his whereabouts, a(...)

The Lions will face world champions South Africa in three Tests on their tour next summer. Photograph:  Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Ghosting through the year like a slow-moving glacier before calving a sanitised form of soccer, rugby and GAA, sport leaves 2020 for a vaccinated 2021(...)

Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee says the commission’s recommendations will be based on merit alone, but we are not told what are the criteria for merit or how they will be decided. Photo: Sam Boal/

Nearly every attempt at changing the system for selecting judges has been a short-term response to an immediate political problem. The Judicial Appoi(...)

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(...)

Fáilte Ireland will try to drum up interest from the domestic tourism market. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

To most Irish people in January, the new coronavirus was something that only existed 9,000km away in the Chinese city of Wuhan. But to the State’s tou(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke with then minister for justice Charlie Flanagan and attorney general Séamus Woulfe in 2017. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The process for selecting Séamus Woulfe to fill a Supreme Court vacancy differed from the normal procedure, according to the accounts of 10 former gov(...)

‘Governments have wide discretion in selecting judges for appointment by the President.’ File photograph: Getty Images

Few public appointment processes are more important, yet none is more haphazard or opaque. Governments have wide discretion in selecting judges for (...)

 Séamus Woulfe: found himself at the centre of controversy following his attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society Clifden dinner in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Séamus Woulfe (58) was born in Raheny in 1962 and like so many of his colleagues at the Bar and on the bench, was educated at Belvedere College before(...)

Green Party leader  Eamon Ryan. The party  will be judged on whether it achieves a small number of policy priorities that matter to its past and prospective voters. Photograph: Getty Images

Small parties tend to have a hard time of it in Irish coalition governments. Usually – not always, but usually – they struggle to maintain their ident(...)

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