Special Features

The election on the web - a selection, with emphasis on dot ie

Obama did it in the US three years ago – now Ireland is having its first fully digital election. We will be sampling the digital offering of campaign news and views, and after 25 February will assess just how important the internet and other platforms were in influencing the outcome.

For the first time, news, commentary and current affairs websites are a developed presence in an Irish general election.

Election 2011 in the papers: 31 Jan - 7 Feb

The highlight of the first week of election coverage would have to be centred around Enda Kenny, whether your pick is the photograph of him on the front page of the Independent on Friday, or the brouhaha surrounding his refusal to take part in the three-way leaders' debate on TV3, writes Angela Long.

As of Sunday night, Mr Kenny was declining on the grounds that his busy campaigning schedule did not permit time out to attend the commercial broadcaster's studios in Ballymount, Dublin 23.

Rugby World Cup - Brilliance amidst the mundane

•    South Africa deserved to win but Argentina was the team of the tournament
•    The player of the tournament was Juan Martín Hernández, the Argentinean fly-half. But Bryan Habana was the most thrilling player to watch
•    Overall, disappointing rugby in the later stages but scintillating rugby from many of the “minnows”
•    Ireland the most disappointing team of the competition

By Brent Pope

Dismal Desperate Dejected

Ireland sent its most talented and best prepared team to Rugby World Cup 2007. The team fared worse than any previous Irish team in the competition and worse than all but a handful of teams at the tournament. How it went wrong, what is now needed and why Eddie O'Sullivan should be retained for now. By Brent Pope