In an interview with Hot Press magazine,  Bono  indicates that U2 had been involved in private philanthropy during the recession,  although the band regarded it as a “personal and private matter”.   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Bono said band wanted to help country that ‘has been so good to us and that we love’

President Michael D Higgins: embarks on his longest official visit this Saturday when he travels to Africa for 22 days. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Backing has given President ‘great energy’ in performing duties over first three years

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys:  says bursary scheme  being set up to allow Irish history students to spend time at the In Flanders Fields museum where  records are kept

Humphreys acknowledges Irish War Memorial Records ‘need correcting and cross-checking’

President Michael D Higgins’s visit was  timed to coincide with the centenary of the birth of Wales’s most famous literary son, Dylan Thomas. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Michael D Higgins opens exhibition on poet in Swansea during official visit to Wales

Temple Street hospital was on the periphery of the fighting during Easter Week 1916 and the nuns who ran it struggled to care for the wounded.

A compelling account of Easter Week found in order of nuns’ archives

President Michael D Higgins will meet the first minister of Wales Carwyn Jones and the leader of Cardiff Council Cllr Phil Bale on his two day visit.

President to open new exhibition on centenary of poet Dylan Thomas’s birth

Five fishermen drowned after the “Tit Bonhomme” sank in January 2012. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Singer Damien Dempsey among the recipients at ceremony

Amy Chua was guest speaker at The Gloss/Vodafone Look the Business networking event

Yale Professor who caused a worldwide debate about parenting spoke to a full house

Irish Parliamentary Party  leader John Redmond.

Sinn Féin president accuses IPP leader of sending thousands of Irish men to their deaths

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