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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(...)

I thanked Ms Lot and set off for 2022, without a glance back. Photograph: Tooga Productions Inc

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(...)

Sam McAughtry: Born in Belfast on March 24th, 1921, just weeks before the Government of Ireland Act introduced partition, he lived for most of the divided century that followed.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The writer and broadcaster Sam McAughtry, formerly of this parish among others, would have been 100 on Wednesday. Born in Belfast on March 24th, 1921,(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan and  deputy leader Catherine Martin. Ryan barely survived the leadership contest with Martin last year.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

You just cannot overstate how important this week was for the Greens. The Climate Action Bill was published. This is not just another programme for (...)

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