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A farewell to power: Thomas Rooney

A farewell to power: Thomas Rooney

US congressman Thomas Rooney is quitting politics. In an exclusive interview, the Floridian holds forth on the waning appeal of centrism, the loneliness of life in the US capital and his political mentor Seamus Mallon

‘I don’t think the country needs an election at this point’

‘I don’t think the country needs an election at this point’

Despite a turbulent week in politics, enterprise minister Heather Humphreys is flying high after garnering a €300m loan scheme for businesses

Higgins on homelessness, spending and pensions

Higgins on homelessness, spending and pensions

Incumbent President Michael D Higgins feels his long service in political and public life will be an advantage in his second bid for the Áras

‘I won’t be wearing a Sinn Féin hat’

‘I won’t be wearing a Sinn Féin hat’

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada believes that, as president, she can be ‘a voice of those ordinary people’

I’m not pretending that everything is great in rural Ireland. That’s why we set up this department

I’m not pretending that everything is great in rural Ireland. That’s why we set up this department

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has the job of breathing life into rural Ireland at a time when many who live there think it is dying

Profile of Martin Selmayr: Europe’s enforcer

Profile of Martin Selmayr: Europe’s enforcer

The German-born lawyer has attracted a variety of nicknames during his rapid rise to power. The Monster of Brussels. The Dark Prince. Rasputin. Darth Vader. He has also become a favourite bogeyman of Britain’s Eurosceptic right-wing press

Freeman campaign's focus on mental health

Freeman campaign's focus on mental health

Though she is a practising Catholic with family links to the anti-abortion movement, Joan Freeman is also a fervent believer in the separation of Church and state

Profile of the SDLP: Merger or takeover?

Profile of the SDLP: Merger or takeover?

Long-speculated talk of an alliance with Fianna Fáil has gathered pace in recent months; except now it is being suggested that the SDLP will effectively be wound down and taken over by Micheál Martin’s party

‘Neutrality is an irrelevancy in today’s day and age'

‘Neutrality is an irrelevancy in today’s day and age'

Peter Casey is best known as the businessman from RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den who spent two decades living in the US but is now based in Donegal. His decision to run for president – alongside two other former Dragons – has raised more than a few eyebrows

Gavin Duffy exclusive: Áras hopeful advised O’Brien on Moriarty fallout

Gavin Duffy exclusive: Áras hopeful advised O’Brien on Moriarty fallout

Former Dragons’ Den star prepped tycoon on day that tribunal report came out; Duffy says there was nothing he could do for Sean FitzPatrick

Howlin: ‘do-nothing Dáil’ is as useful as a ‘local debating society’

Howlin: ‘do-nothing Dáil’ is as useful as a ‘local debating society’

The Labour leader says the government should call an election as 250 bills are ‘going nowhere’

Our family always came from a position of being strong unionists, but considerate and tolerant of other people’s opinions

Our family always came from a position of being strong unionists, but considerate and tolerant of other people’s opinions

Growing up in a Presbyterian family on a farm in South Armagh during the Troubles taught independent Senator Ian Marshall the values of tolerance and pragmatism and they have served him well, both in his time as head of the Ulster Farmers’ Union and now as a member of Seanad Éireann

Fixing housing? ‘It isn’t rocket science’

Fixing housing? ‘It isn’t rocket science’

FF’s new spokesman Darragh O’Brien says councils should be building up to 7,000 homes a year

Profile John Concannon

Profile John Concannon

The man behind the message

Profile of Mattie McGrath: Pro-life in the fast lane

Profile of Mattie McGrath: Pro-life in the fast lane

McGrath’s political opponents say he is much more comfortable opposing policies than proposing them