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Profile of Robert Watt: Mandarin of mystery

Profile of Robert Watt: Mandarin of mystery

A highly respected but outspoken civil servant, he has never been shy in expressing his numerous dissenting opinions

Profile of Gail Slater: Fox’s Irish gamekeeper

Profile of Gail Slater: Fox’s Irish gamekeeper

Slater last week announced she was leaving the White House to work as vice-president for policy and strategy at Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News

Profile of Clare Daly: Left turn to Europe

Profile of Clare Daly: Left turn to Europe

She is a formidable politician who is respected in Leinster House for her long-running campaigns and her willingness to engage with people from a variety of political backgrounds

Flanagan says insurers are ‘profiteering’

Flanagan says insurers are ‘profiteering’

The Minister for Justice admits the insurance industry’s practices warrant investigation, but the judicial council needed to bring in new award guidelines will not be set up this year

‘Both sides of story are wrong and are damaging insurance’

‘Both sides of story are wrong and are damaging insurance’

Legislation to tackle ‘compo culture’ will be joined by new Garda structure to tackle fraudulent claims

Profile of Chuka Umunna: An independent streak

Profile of Chuka Umunna: An independent streak

Since Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to the leadership of the Labour Party, however, Umunna’s centrist, pro-EU principles have gone increasingly out of fashion

2018 a 'perfect storm' for farmers - IFA chief

2018 a 'perfect storm' for farmers - IFA chief

Uncertainty over Brexit, carbon emissions, a proposed CAP budget cut: these are some of the big challenges faced by IFA president Joe Healy and his members

A driving force for safer roads

A driving force for safer roads

RSA chair Liz O’Donnell reflects on her battle to reduce the drink-drive limit, her row with Shane Ross, and the need to get more gardaí out enforcing the laws

Profile of Peadar Tóibín: The exiteer

Profile of Peadar Tóibín: The exiteer

Tóibín's departure from Sinn Féin was inevitable after he so openly campaigned against repeal in last May’s referendum, appearing on RTÉ’s Prime Time to debate with Minister for Health Simon Harris

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