Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Dan Neville TD  announcing plans to address the issue of mental illness. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ireland was the last country in Europe to decriminalise suicide

President Hassan Rohani with UN secretary-general  Ban Ki-moon. Photograph: Reuters

Opinion: Strong anti-Western feelings persist in the country influenced by history of interference

Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi: “Nuclear weapons are against our Islamic teachings.” Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Nuclear weapon use ‘unthinkable’ under Islam, says deputy foreign minister

 ‘Geoff Rhind points out that the Fab Four had many Irish connections and wonders why “Ireland never really claimed the Beatles” because, as he says, they belonged to “The Liverpool Irish”.’ Above, the Beatles perform in a club prior to signing their first recording contract. From left,  George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and original drummer Pete Best. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

An Irishman’s Diary: ‘I remember him saying how easy pop music was and how easy it was to write songs’

Ba chóir go mbeadh rogha faoina bhfuil i ndán don Seanad

‘I noted instead that pride of place was going to our very own Maeve Binchy, writer and Irish Times journalist. To add to the humiliation of the great ones in the nearby cemetery, a typical Russian mixture of hail, rain and sleet was pouring down from the sky at the time.’  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

An Irishman’s Diary: Commemoration for those who died in the past year

A political journey from Stickie to the future president’s media spokesman makes a must-read story for anyone interested in wha(...)

 John Hume ponders the options during final deliberations on the Belfast Agreement

It was a dramatic resolution filled with heart-stopping tension

Martin Luther King III continues his father Martin Luther King Jr’s tradition of activism on behalf of the excluded and underprivileged. Photograph: AP Photo

An Irishman’s Diary: Civil rights speech evoked a different kind of promissory note

Iarcheannaire na hÉigipte, Hosni

Níl deireadh le hÉirí Amach an Earraigh agus na himpleachtaí do lucht cumhachta

Despite its modern trappings, this desert region is a traditional, patriarchal society

Red rag to the party? Civil-rights marchers in 1969. photograph: pacemaker

POLITICS: The Communist Party of Ireland 1921-2011: Volume I, 1921-1969, By Matt Treacy, Brocaire Books, 428pp, €20

Tuarascáil: Seans nach bhfuil cur amach ag mórán léitheoirí ar Innéacs Síochána an Domhain (Global Peace Index). Liosta…

Tuarascáil: Le tamall maith de bhlianta tá úsáid á baint as an nGaeilge ag daoine éagsúla sa Tuaisceart mar uirlis …

Profile: Despite being one of the dominant figures in republican and far-left politics for more than half a century, Seán Garland(...)

Controversial plans to merge the boards of the National Library and National Museum will go ahead, says Minister for the Arts…

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has called for changes to pension arrangements for staff in the public service.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be joined by other senior politicians and members of the diplomatic corps at a Dublin Castle ceremony…

Baghdad summit: Attempts by the Workers’ Party to persuade the shortlived government of Charles Haughey in 1982 to become involve(...)

Food and drink for the first State celebration of James Joyce cost just over £8,000 – or about €37,000 in today’s terms – accordin(...)

Army criticism: The Army and the Department of Defence expressed serious dissatisfaction with Aer Lingus over the manner in …

The attitude of Margaret Thatcher and her government to the Irish government’s change of policy as the Falkland Islands conflict…

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has set out plans for a new universal pension scheme which will aim to ensure workers…

Sinn Féin has rejected a claim in a 1982 British embassy telegram from Washington that the party’s Dublin North-West TD Dessie…

INSIDE POLITICS: For many years it was a catch-cry of the left that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael were two irredeemably conservative…

A Labour spokesman has strongly rejected comments by Colm Keaveney that the party is about to set up a “kangaroo court” to remove…

The problem of individual civil servants going on “isolated drinking-sprees” seemed to be giving way in 1978 to “a more widespread(...)

Confusion and embarrassment reigned when the late president Patrick Hillery, acting on government and official advice, gave two…

Britain-Argentina conflict should have been dealt with in UN, taoiseach said

EMBASSY NOTE: The Irish Embassy in London was warned by a member of the Guinness family that the firm might have to play down…

Analysis: The conflict between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands led to the most dramatic foreign policy divergence(...)

A Labour Party Minister of State has accused the Catholic Primate and Archbishop of Armagh, Cardinal Sean Brady, of taking a “…

The chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children has urged participants in the abortion debate to be “careful …

INTERVIEW: Labour needs unity and Fine Gael has to stop protecting the wealthy, says Siptu’s Jack O’Connor

A meeting of Labour’s executive board chaired by party chairman Colm Keaveney was suspended yesterday after Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore(...)

Six Taoiseach’s nominees to the Seanad, who had planned to support the Social Welfare Bill at second stage yesterday, changed…

Achieving a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may become “factually impossible” unless a major negotiating…

Unhappy Labour Party Senators will be seeking assurances from Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton that are strong enough…

Both Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore stressed last night that “stability, jobs and growth” would be the key themes(...)

The Cabinet will announce today that a combination of legislation and regulations will be required to comply with the Supreme…

Most of the detail of Wednesday’s budget comprising €3

The Government will respond publicly to any recommendations of the constitutional convention within a four-month period and that…

Most of the detail of Wednesday’s budget comprising €3

The Cabinet is understood to have given formal approval yesterday to Attorney General Máire Whelan to draft legislation for the…

The Government is poised to announce within the next few days that it is splitting Shannon airport from the Dublin Airport Authori(...)

The report of the expert group published by the Government yesterday takes a low-key approach to the issue of suicidal intentions…

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has moved to defuse public controversy and tensions between the Coalition parties over abortion by promising…

BACKGROUND: The unenviable task of dissecting the legal position on abortion in this State is the subject of a report that is…

Fine Gael TDs must back legislation to deal with the European Court of Human Rights ruling that pregnant Irish women need certaint(...)

Political union in Europe, involving a more centralised EU, is “inevitable”, according to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan…

Suspension of Irish development aid to the Government of Uganda, amounting to €16 million this year, will remain in place until…

The intervention of President Michael D Higgins in the controversy over the death of Savita Halappanavar was not a matter of …

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has defended his party’s alternative budget plan as “a fair-tax” rather than a “high-tax” document(...)

Sinn Féin has published a set of budget proposals entitled Making the Right Choices which it says would achieve the same €3.5…

Political reaction The Fianna Fáil front bench is to discuss its position tomorrow morning on the Sinn Féin Private Members’ …

Who fears to speak of Easter Week? Not Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar who is planning an “Independence Trail” for visitors…

The Government is going to “take action” on the abortion issue and doing nothing is “not an option”, Tánaiste and Minister for…

DÁIL MOTION: Sinn Féin is to bring forward a Dáil motion in Private Members’ time next week demanding that the Government “immedi(...)

Increased access to family planning has proven to be a “sound economic investment”, according to the 2012 report on the state…

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has not ruled out an independent inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar.

The solicitor representing the Dublin engineer who successfully challenged the Government’s information campaign in the courts…

Whenever Britain perceives threats to national security, the gloves come off

Ireland’s economy is recovering and all the indications point to this, Britain’s deputy prime minister and leader of the Liberal…

Voters go to the polls today in the children’s rights referendum with the Government under pressure to explain the blunder in…

The Government has been accused of displaying arrogance and inexperience in its approach to the children’s referendum by the …

Clare County Council has responded to a claim by Labour TD Michael McNamara, who said approximately 16,500 homes in the county…

President Michael D Higgins would be welcome to give his views to the Constitutional Convention, a spokesman for the convention…

AS MANY as 14 officials in government and banking circles in Uganda may be involved in the alleged diversion of an estimated €…

BACKGROUND: The suspension of any further Irish aid to Uganda’s government is an unprecedented move

THREE OFFICIALS from the Department of Foreign Affairs flew to Kampala yesterday after Ireland’s aid programme to Uganda was …

SINN FÉIN wants “a new ethos for cherishing the children of this State”, Gerry Adams said yesterday at the launch of his party…

TOM ARNOLD, the chief executive of the charity Concern Worldwide, has been appointed to chair the forthcoming Convention on the…

REFERENDUM: A GROUP of six Independent TDs has called for a Yes vote in the children’s referendum but with the proviso that …

Six Independent TDs joined together at a press conference in Dublin this morning to call for a Yes vote in the children’s rights…

EU BANKING CRISIS: IRELAND’S BANK debt will be on the agenda when Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon …

ANALYSIS: OPPOSITION PARTIES got the scent of blood after German chancellor Angela Merkel’s apparent rebuff to the Government…

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY travels to Paris this morning after agreeing with German chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday that the “unique…

THE GOVERNMENT has come in for sharp criticism from Opposition parties who claim that Taoiseach Enda Kenny played an ineffectual…

CHILDREN'S REFERENDUM: THE FORTHCOMING poll was not about undermining parents and the Government fully supported the family, …

THE HUMANITARIAN agenda in Syria should not be hijacked for political ends, United Nations emergency relief co-ordinator Valerie…

The proposed constitutional amendment is “the backdrop” to a wider programme of change for children being pursued by the Governmen(...)

ANALYSIS: Senators Zappone and Quinn have advanced a case for electing the Seanad by universal franchise

THE HOLOCAUST, so often talked and written of, can remain an abstract concept until you meet someone who went through it

MINISTER FOR Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said he is very disappointed at the collapse of a deal with hospital(...)

PARTIES OF the centre-left in Europe had to prove to voters that they had “credible answers” for dealing with the economic crisis…

THE AWARDING of the Nobel Peace Prize to the EU provided a “great fillip” to Ireland’s forthcoming presidency of the European…

Parties of the centre left in Europe had to prove to voters that they had “credible answers” for dealing with the economic crisis…

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the EU provided a "great fillip" to Ireland's forthcoming presidency of the European…

There had to be a fundamentally different way of delivering public services, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan…

IMPROVING PROCEDURES for asylum-seekers in Ireland would reduce the current backlog, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antoni(...)

Today’s meeting of European social democrat ministers and shadow ministers in Dublin will be told that the British Labour Party…

THE POLITICAL world should take note: David Norris is back on form

The Iranian ban on Irish beef imports has been lifted and the trade will resume as soon as some minor technicalities are ironed…

THE LABOUR Party had never turned away from a challenge, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore said…

THE NATIONAL Asset Management Agency (Nama) is the owner of the 28-acre site acquired by Kerry Group for its new Global Technology(...)

TÁNAISTE AND Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore has rejected an Opposition claim that he is withholding “key information” about…

TWO GOVERNMENT Ministers last night criticised protesters who prevented them from attending an event in Ballyfermot, Dublin, …

The two party leaders in the Coalition are determined that any differences which may arise in government will be settled between…

TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny will seek to establish “clear lines of communication” prior to Ireland’s looming presidency of the EU when…

THE BRITISH government investigation of the 1989 murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane has been defended as “a robust process…

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