Irelands BT Young Scientist of the Year 2007 Abdusalam Abubakar is known as Abdul to his friends. The CBS student speaks perfect English, as his family moved to from Somalia to English speaking Kenya in 1994. At school in Synge St. Dublin 8 he says he is not treated differently, even though he has been interviewed by Dustin the Turkey and appeared on Ireland AM. One month after the event things are 'back to normal'.
Pin-up, father, ambassador, medical student and razor-sharp fly-half, Felipe Contepomi still takes a backseat to his brothers in terms of fame. He tells Justine McCarthy about his family dynasty, his hopes for rugby back home in Argentina and Ireland's chances in the World Cup. Portrait by Eoin Moylan
Intellectual, hard-nosed and even more right-wing than his party leader, DUP MEP Jim Allister is leading the internal revolution against Ian Paisley and the St Andrew's agreement. By Fionola Meredith
Mairéad McGuinness has been proclaimed a future Taoiseach by fans, the ‘yummy mummy' of Irish politics by spin doctors. She speaks to Village about the media, family and Fine Gael. By Justine McCarthy
John Deasy has been prominent twice in his political career: once for smoking in the Dáil bar, and now for his remarks about Enda Kenny, which have caused great embarrassment to Fine Gael. By Emma Browne