Paddy Clancy has spent a lifetime in journalism, having worked for Irish and British national newspapers and is a former presenter of “It Says In The Papers” on RTE radio.
He has contributed to IrishCentral's sister publication, the Irish Voice, for a decade and now lives in Donegal where he continues to freelance for a variety of papers.
There were warm smiles at a meeting in Belfast of the re-constituted Northern Ireland power-sharing administration after a political vacuum of three years.
With less than a week to the deadline for a power-sharing administration to be re-instituted in the North, the talks between parties were reported to have turned tetchy.
Ireland's leader Taoiseach Varadkar says he's "concerned" following US President Donald Trump's move to kill Iranian military general Qasem Soleimani and is calling for de-escalation of tensions on all sides.
Hopes have faded in the first sea tragedy of 2020 for the rescue of a missing fisherman whose boat sank several kilometers off Hook Head, County Wexford.
A drunk prison officer refused Ireland’s inspector of prisons entry to a locked jail for an examination visit.
Talks about renewing power-sharing politics in Northern Ireland resumed after a stalemate since the collapse of the Stormont administration in January 2017.