Fianna Fáil is an Irish political party.
Former RTÉ political correspondent Liam Cahill, who died suddenly at his home in Drumree, Co Meath, last Monday at the age of 72 years, played a significant role in Irish society over the years as a journalist, historian, civil servant and professional public relations consultant.
There was a time when politicians went to extraordinary lengths to protect the image of the president. While working for Magill magazine in 1983, I wrote a lengthy, irreverent piece about President Paddy Hillery of Fianna Fáil. Thirty years later, the state papers from 1983 were opened and the Irish Times revealed how the Fianna Fáil leader of the time — a Mr Haughey — discussed my irreverent article with the leader of Fine Gael, a Mr FitzGerald.
A huge majority of the public believes there will be an economic recession in the next 12 months, according to the latest Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks opinion poll.
When you live on a small, damp island in the Atlantic — one which for centuries was denied independence, and which for much of its independence denied a living to its youth — a passport becomes more than merely a practical document. It is both a badge of identity and a means to escape.
We were travelling to Cork for a match when we came up with a medium-term strategy for Limerick to win a senior hurling All-Ireland. It was brutally simple and borrowed from King Herod’s biblical playbook.
One reason the Government is so determined to push ahead with the National Maternity Hospital is that it needs a notable success under its belt. This betrays an awareness, particularly of Micheál Martin that his government has not achieved a whole lot in two years.
The Oireachtas Golf Society will tee off again this summer for the first time since the infamous ‘Golfgate’ dinner after holding its annual general meeting in Leinster House this week, the Irish Independent can reveal.
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