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Recent polling data shows that 33 per cent of Fine Gael voters are business owners, but the party with the next highest proportion of business owners is Sinn Féin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

We are moving into the opening stages of the next election campaign. The battle lines are blurred but they will become clearer. Some might look at thi(...)

Former GAA director general Liam Mulvihill wrote to Charlie Haughey on the cost of hurleys in 1990.  File photograph: Frank Miller

The cost of a hurley was making it almost prohibitive for young people to take up the national game, the GAA director general warned taoiseach Charlie(...)

Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has designed an 18-hole championship golf course for the Kinsealy lands.  Photograph:  Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

An Irish property developer has approached Clontarf Golf Club with a land swap proposal that would involve the club relocating to 185 acres in Kinseal(...)

It was galling to hear UK Brexit minister David Frost quote “Irish-British scholar-politician Edmund Burke” in that Lisbon speech last month, where he(...)

Autumn is a time for shellfish and nuts, and I love to combine the sweetness of the scallop meat with the rich nutty flavour of a roasted hazelnut. Photograph: iStock

Each year around this time, I write in this column about the plight of the Irish scallop industry; about how we don’t really care about it. All over E(...)

Taoiseach Charles Haughey, alongside Mary O’Rourke, greets a supporter at a Fianna Fáil ard fheis in 1991. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

A headline in an article in The Irish Times on October 13th said it all: “Pupil-teacher ratio to fall to lowest level yet.” That headline really arres(...)

‘With no legal remedy for the affected homeowners, a political solution to the mica crisis will be found – which is only right, because this was a systems failure.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

Listening to all the disquiet about the anomalies in the Covid reopening plan, anyone would think this was new and unfamiliar territory for us. In rea(...)

Within two years of his election to the Dáil, Albert Reynolds was appointed to cabinet under Charles Haughey

Showman and dealmaker defied detractors when he brokered peace in North It was a Sunday sometime in the late 1960s. My father and I were trundli(...)

Des O’Malley with Mary Harney. Photograph: Pat Langan

Des O’Malley has been described as a “giant of politics” and mould-breaking leader who the State owes a “significant debt of gratitude”. Mr O’Malley,(...)

Ten years ago poet and Fianna Fáil supporter Thomas McCarthy said the party was ‘not a political philosophy, as such’ but rather the combination of men, and it was largely men, of ‘certain social origins and frustrated private hopes’.

Ten years ago, just before Fianna Fáil’s decimation in the 2011 general election, poet Thomas McCarthy reflected in a column on the way in which Fiann(...)

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