Kim Phuc, centre with her clothes torn off, flees with other South Vietnamese children after a misdirected aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong on June 8th, 1972. Photograph: ap photo/nick ut

44 years on, the 9-year-old Vietnamese child in the horrifying, iconic, unforgettable photograph is now a middle-aged Canadian wh(...)

 Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, sample award-winning sausages made by brothers Diarmuid (left) and Ernan McGettigan at their butcher’s shop in Donegal town. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It may be a sign of new normality that royal visit attracted crowd of just a few hundred

It was Maggie and her implacable ideology who made refusing to do a U-turn the ultimate test of political virility: “You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.”  Photograph:  PA

Why has changing your mind received such a bad rap? Some blame Margaret Thatcher

 Independent TD’s  Noel Grealish, Denis Naughten,Mattie McGrath,Michael Harty, Michael Collins. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

This is how the brave new project begins - with the customary bellows of faux-outrage and a whimper?

 Jane Mulrooney, overall winner of the Best Dressed lady at the Punchestown Festival. Photograph: Alan Betson

A few Best Dressed hopefuls were ready for wintry blast but most had to grin and bear it

In this handout official photograph provided by Buckingham Palace to mark her 90th birthday, shows Queen Elizabeth II with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren. The children are: James, Viscount Severn (left), 8, and Lady Louise (second left), 12, the children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex; Mia Tindall (holding The Queen’s handbag), the two year-old-daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; Savannah (third right), 5, and Isla Phillips (right), 3, daughters of The Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn; Prince George (second right), 2, and in The Queen’s arms and in the tradition of Royal portraiture, the youngest great-grandchild, Princess Charlotte (11 months), children of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Photograph Annie Leibovitz via Getty Images

Dissenters in small minority as Britain gears up for monarch’s real but unofficial birthday

Primary school teacher Graham Fitzpatrick, from Kilmainham, Dublin: “I take home €947.27 a fortnight . . . Over the last couple of months, I had to borrow money for the rent on a number of occasions.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

The ‘emergency’ two-tier pay system is in danger of becoming a post-recession norm

Independent Senator John Crown: A “huge fan” of the German healthcare system which is based on a system of cross-subsidised mandatory insurance. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Senator and professor has an unassailable zeal for cancer research and health service reform

A  Defence Forces piper accompanies  a wreath-laying ceremony at Moore Street, Dublin, Easter Monday, 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Roars of ‘traitor to the people’ accompany Minister’s invitation to children to lay wreaths

The Colour Party leaving the grave of Peader Kearney, composer of the national anthem, after a wreath laying ceremomy at Glasnevin Cemetery. Photograph Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography.

Memorials to those who fought for Éire stand next to those who fought for king

Conor Reilly from Donaghmeade gets the best seat in the house to watch the 2016 St Patrick’s Day parade as it winds its way through O’Connell Street. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The young, old, brave and bold turn out to celebrate national day on greening of capital

I do know some who would object to coalition but they would take it on the chin for the country, says Tipperary councillor John Crosse. Photograph: Willie O’Brien

In a constituency where Fine Gael suffered, many are resigned to a coalition future

Winners take it all: Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell and Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan were both elected in Dublin Bay South. Photograph: Eric Luke

Kevin Humpreys and James Reilly among losers, while Fianna Fáil and Greens are back

This is heart attack territory for broadcasters. Hours of reporting on nothing much. Hours of it.   Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Election 2016: The Labour mood in studio is almost of dazed bafflement

Joe Higgins: I joined Labour in 1974 and if they had taken the advice of the left – which was stay out of coalition with right-wing parties, Labour would have been in power, many decades – and now they’re facing meltdown. Photograph: The Irish Times

This courteous, entertaining, doggedly ideological man is in retreat from public life

Ruairi Quinn: “Ireland is a very conservative country. There are only two countries of the 28 EU member states that have never had a Labour-led, or even majority Labour government: Latvia and Ireland.” Photograph: Frank Miller

‘The working class doesn’t necessarily support Labour party policies,’ says TD

Enda Kenny adopted the same statemanlike air of last week’s debate, remaining on the ringside for the most part until called upon to comment.  Photograph: Oisin McHugh FusionShooters.

TV Review: Kathy Sheridan says problem about political debate is there is nothing new under the sun

Shoah: Tomi Reichental at the coat dresser that he recovered from his childhood home in what was Czechoslovakia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Weekend Read: The Holocaust survivor has told his extraordinary story to 90,000 students, and the 80-year-old isn’t done yet

Even now, the light is slowly reclaiming our days, leading us onwards towards spring, renewal and new hope. Photograph: Alan Betson

Why do we expect our weird families to be fantasy dinner guests for one day a year?

Christmas: It’s that visceral call to the senses, the light that guides us back, whatever the cost or the stress.

And a note of caution: Don’t let unrealistic expectations ruin this season of goodwill

“What’s in it for the darkie?.” Hugh McElvaney demanding sterling for his troubles. Photograph: RTÉ

People like us will decide that on balance, Hughie is a grand fellow, up front at every funeral and ready with a hand-out for a fa(...)

Sandbags are cleared away from Quinns Chemist in Crossmolina after the weekends flood damage. “The irony this week is that many of those generous activists will be councillors. “  Pic:  Michael McLaughlin

The sound of that cute hoor, country accent asking “What’s in it for me?” was like a physical blow to the heart.

 Michael McDonnell places sandbags as waters rise on the Shannon. Photograph: Molloy Photography

Locals in suspense as rainfall filtering into Lough Ree – then it takes ‘two days to get here’

In what brutal universe are children neglected to the extent of being lice-infested, seriously underweight, unable to straighten their legs due to spending long hours strapped in buggies?

Child Care Law Reporting (CCLR) Project report is hard to read without falling into a pit of despair

A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified by the Washington Post newspaper as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi, brandishes a knife in this still file image from a 2014 video obtained from SITE Intel Group February 26, 2015.  REUTERS/SITE Intel Group

How he must have longed for the bullies at home to know how far he had travelled. How easy it must have been to transfer that blaz(...)

Elegant and bright eyed: Máire Mhac an tSaoi. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Weekend Read: The diplomat and poet looks back on a life of love and adventure, challenge and tragedy

“Look at the current Fianna Fáil line-up. Not a single TD from the majority gender” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Anger over Abbey men-only line up was never about visibility of women

Belated invitation ... Paddy Cosgrave opening the Web Summit 2015 at the RDS in Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Cosgrave’s claims that state dropped Web Summit ball need to be discussed

Gillian and Ronan Treacy, parents of four-year-old Ciarán Treacy who died when the car he was travelling in was hit by another vehicle driven by 40-year-old Finbarr O’Rourke. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Judge’s composure shaken as Finbarr O’Rourke given 7½ years for death of boy

Former Ireland Boxing Head Coach Billy Walsh makes his way through the departures of Dublin Airport last Thursday. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

To the young men and women in Ireland’s 375 amateur boxing clubs, example is important

Abducted by the IRA: Tiede Herrema with his wife, Elisabeth. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Weekend Read: 40 years ago the businessman was abducted by the IRA and held for 36 days. He survived by keeping his captors calm a(...)

Freed: Tiede Herrema, accompanied by his wife, Elisabeth, in November 1975, shows a bullet that one of his kidnappers gave him. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Weekend read: The Dutch industrialist was abducted in October 1975 by Eddie Gallagher and Marion Coyle, two republicans who held h(...)

Fionnuala Kenny the wife of the Fine Gael leader Enda`Kenny with cardboard images of her husband , at a rally of supporters in Dublin’s Temple Bar in 2007 Photograph: Eric Luke

Whatever your view of their politics the Kennys are an oasis of authenticity and stability.

Friends and colleagues of murdered Garda Tony Golden queue outside his home at Sandygrove, Blackrock, Co Louth, on Wednesday to pay their respects to his family. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Hundreds of gardaí are gathering for Garda Golden’s funeral

David Puttnam: “I’m good at getting people to work together, good at encouraging them to do better work. But there’s not an artistic bone in my body”

Ireland could become one of the world’s great centres of education. But our schools and colleges are failing a generation, says Da(...)

This week, an Irish Cancer Society survey revealed that the average monthly cost of cancer to a patient is €862

“A patient’s wife takes a heating bill out of her bag; it amounts to €700, for just two winter months.”

The funeral of Brian Friel, at Glenties Cemetery, Co Donegal. Among the mourners was writer Eugene McCabe (left). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Playwright completes his journey to beloved Glenties without fanfare or ‘folderol’

 Japan:  Their reward was a game four days later versus an tier 1 side. Picture: Julian Finney/Getty Images

By facilitating ritual humiliations in the pursuit of big cash bonanzas, sports’ governing bodies show no sense of responsibility (...)

This is a problem with a thousand tentacles.

The big ticket solution on offer is minimum unit pricing

‘Maybe the unimpeachably-decent Corbyn can confound the doomsayers. He turned up in parliament on Monday dressed in a suit and tie – possibly for the first time ever – and told interviewers that he will not be engaging in the moronic putdowns and animal noises that passes for debate.’ (Screen grab from footage broadcast by Parliaments Parliamentary Recording Unit  via Parliament TV on September 14th, 2015) AFP/Getty Images

‘In that context, any discussions around a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil coalition/merger seem stunningly irrelevant. Who cares any more i(...)

Refugees walk along the highway towards the border with Austria, out of Budapest, on Friday. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

‘This is the scandal. This is not a sudden humanitarian crisis that has been foisted on Europe’

Olivia Mitchell: “I always felt I’d know when it was the right time to go.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Fine Gael TD is acutely aware of public anger towards politicians after the economic collapse, but that’s not why she’s packin(...)

‘Participants in Saturday’s big Right2Water rally were also on Twitter. Sinn Féiners was complaining RTÉ had deliberately edited coverage to exclude the party’s involvement. A prominent non-party protester retweeted an objection to The Irish Times online’s decision to put the water protest below a column about the IRA’s allegedly massive global assets.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘Cynicism is not the same as a healthy, non-shrill scepticism (witness Catherine Murphy)’

Pearse Doherty: “I am who I am. I believe in what I believe in. I’m not going to change my beliefs to suit anybody else.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The practical, forward-looking, ‘no-baggage’ Sinn Féiner is also shaped by the Fenian dead, Bobby Sands and Kevin Barry. Is it a p(...)

Lucinda Creighton: “Fine Gael has become Fianna Fáil, full stop. I don’t see any difference.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Renua leader talks to Kathy Sheridan about setting up a new party, abortion and other issues

 Ashley Madison CEO Noel Biderman. Photograph: SCMP

Biderman styles himself ‘the Google of cheating’ and wants to share back all that sociological data with researchers

John Moloney, who is to retire as general manager of Galway Racecourse. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When John Moloney became manager of the Galway Races in 1989, racegoers ate picnics on the grass. In the boom years, they arrived (...)

 Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern leaving the Banking Inquiry last week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Derry funeral cortege reminds us of huge achievement of the Belfast Agreement

  Taoiseach Enda Kenny ... “Why the harsh tone about Greece last Sunday?”Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Our culture often lacks an ounce of compassion or insight into the complexity of others’ lives

“No” vote supporters celebrating outside parliament on Sunday as the  referendum results came in. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Has the narrative of good and evil gone too far ?

 Dolores Atwood, with her husband Chris (left) and RTÉ’s Kevin Bakhurst (right), speaking to the media on leaving the Four Courts on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015,  after the announcement of a settlement in a High Court action for damages taken by former Archbishop of Benin, Richard Burke. Photograph:  Collins Courts

No damages for Archbishop Emeritus of Benin in action against RTÉ’s Mission to Prey

Protesters last week in Athens attend a rally in front of the parliament building, calling on the government to do a deal with its international creditors. Photograph:   Reuters/Marko Djurica.

‘If the Greeks get a massive write-down, what would that tell us about ourselves? ’

 Shelly Corkery, fashion director for Brown Thomas. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fashion director for Brown Thomas, Shelly Corkery wears, buys and promotes BT’s luxury goods – but it’s not all gowns and glamour,(...)

 Olivia’s friends form a circle of honour at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Hozier sings a song for Berkeley balcony victim as her friends form circle of honour

‘Fr Aidan McAleenan, a pastor in nearby St Columba’s parish, only 10 years a priest and a former J-1 student himself, never pretended it was easy.’ Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Believers and non-believers come together in rituals to remember those lost in Berkeley

Mourners for those who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse this week outside a Mass held   at UCD’s Belfield campus  on Friday  afternoon. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Hundreds gather at UCD on sunny June day to remember students who died

  Clerys workers Emily McDermott  and her daughter Nathania, at the demonstration in support of Clerys workers, outside the store in O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘Companies are ridiculously easy to set up, yet are granted all the enormous, attendant privileges of limited liability’

‘It is magnificently apt that Fifa’s nemesis turns out to be a woman. Loretta Lynch, the five-foot, US attorney general, has taken on Mafia bosses, terrorists and sex traffickers. With that kind of CV, she might even sort out Fifa. And she’s all of 56.’  Photograph: ARNO BURGI/AFP/Getty Images

Women in football: Heather Rabbatts, a member of Fifa’s anti-discrimination taskforce, resigned following Blatter’s re-election

“Time to put it back in the closet, time to let it be just one little part of me and not my defining characteristic” said Vivian Cummins, (right, above, with Erney Breytenbach) . Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘However they cloaked their arguments, the thrust of the No campaign was to call into question the full humanity of its opponents’(...)

At Dublin Castle for the referendum count,  from left: Helen McCarthy, Dee Campbell, Erin Reddy and Aisling Tierney of  Maynooth Pride Society. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘Ireland triumphs: the country has said, Goodbye Catholic guilt, hello Celtic grá’

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at Mullaghmore Co Sligo on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Shocking events of 36 years ago in sharp focus on poignant west of Ireland pilgrimage

‘The aching heart of this campaign has been the spectacle of such people sacrificing their privacy in debates and interviews, tearing open old scars and exposing their most intimate core to the public gaze.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘Would He approve the kind of reasoning that consigns up to 10 per cent of his human creation to a living purgatory’

Fine Gael candidate David Fitzgerald canvassing for the votes of Tom O’Shea, David Gordon, and Lar Hally. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Political dynasties and new names pitched against each other using hurling metaphors

‘Whatever you think of their politics, women leaders were startlingly, admirably, visible in this campaign. There was no tokenism here, no “honorary man”. The calm, likeable Nicola Sturgeon became the pivotal figure of this election.’ Above,  Sturgeon, with newly-elected SNP members of parliament  outside the Houses of Parliament this week. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

For the first time, 30 per cent of cent of British MPs are women, up seven points since 2010

Yesterday’s man: Nigel Farage announces his resignation as Ukip leader.  Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

The world speed record for political back-pedalling must go to the former Ukip leader

Ramsgate, England on Thursday: Ukip leader Nigel Farage arrives to cast his vote for the South Thanet constituency in which he has high hopes of being elected. Photograph: Getty Images

Labour supporter punched in wake of allegation of ‘open racism’, writes Kathy Sheridan

‘She had signed into the Yes campaign website and pressed “Like”. This, she assumed, served the dual purpose of registering and voting. For some “digital natives”, it may be almost comprehensible. For “digital immigrants” and everyone else, it seems an appropriate moment to pause for a WTF.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Will young people’s zeal translate to the ballot box?

Combative threesome that almost defeated children’s rights referendum enter the fray

‘Think what a mammoth such as Tesco could do about that, with its data, reach, and resources.’ Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

‘Could it address the fact that in five years’ time, if we carry on as we are, the Irish will be the fattest and most unfit people(...)

Vivian Cummins (left) and Erney Breytenbach. Their foster child Jason (not his real name), arrived when he was a five-year-old, after the couple had been together for 10 years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Vivian Cummins has fostered a child for 10 years with husband Erney Breytenbach

Ciarán Lynch, Chairman of the Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Kathy Sheridan: ‘Any one of them who attempts political stunts, showboating or grandstanding should be cut off at the knees’

Graham Dwyer looked down and seemed to wince as the court was told Elaine was ‘emotionally immature and very trusting of anyone who showed her kindness’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Victim-impact statement focuses on intelligent, generous, hard-working Elaine O’Hara

Brian O Donnell leaving the Four Courts on Wednesday after the  judgment in the Court of Appeal went against him. Photograph: Courts Collins

Brian and Blake O’Donnell run gamut of emotion as court rejects latest submission

‘We can only hope that when it finally materialises, it gravitates towards the generous side and will include the right of access, for example, to lawyers’ briefs (available online in New York).’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘Documents already opened in public court are public documents, yet are treated like the third secret of Fatima’

 Graham Dwyer in 2013: roused by  prison officers after the guilty verdict he rose and scuttled out at a speed not seen in him before, leaving his father and sister desolate. Photograph: Collins Courts

During nine-week trial Dwyer’s surreal air of confidence and good cheer seemed to grow

 Graham Dwyer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A depraved, small man with a staggeringly unshakable air of confidence

Most Irish people think they have easier lives than their parents did – and that the next generation will have it better again. F(...)

Family Values survey debunks the cliche of the gold-plated old and yellow-pack young

‘As a 40-year-old, two-term Fine Gael TD, who lost the whip for opposing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, Terence Flanagan is no ingénu.’ Above with Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Politicians know that three-quarters of the audience is willing them to fail’

“We should want real  women with real-life experience of the education system, the workplace, childbirth, childcare, managing money in tight situations and general life,” Cllr Brabazon says. Photograph: Getty Images

Kathy Sheridan: ‘As if smothering all that mighty male talent wasn’t outrageous enough, it will be done by weak females’

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell returning to the house in Killiney after a High Court Hearing into an application for a trespass order was adjourned. John Martin from the New Land League (right) opened the gates. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

This was no ordinary trespass order, as the O’Donnell circus occupied Court No 1

‘It’s just a matter of time until the work of departments such as Brendan Howlin’s – racing to play catch-up after decades of big party neglect – is recognised. History, they must believe, will be kinder.’ Above, Brendan Howlin, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Alex White, Kathleen Lynch, Ged Nash and Jan O’Sullivan at the Labour party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

‘It’s no fun being a green, blue or pinkish small party with a brief to save the people’

Representatives of the bank receiver posting documents on the order of the court on the gate of  the O’Donnell family home, Gorse Hill. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

O’Donnells have until 4pm today to comply with order to vacate house

Graham Dwyer. Sitting with her slight body angled toward the judge’s bench, Gemma Dwyer’s eyes never met those of the man she has known for nearly 20 years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dwyers celebrated their birthdays on day Elaine O’Hara’s remains were found

A  CCTV picture  from the Metropolitan Police Service  shows the three  British teenagers  at Gatwick Airport, before flying to Istanbul, raising concerns they would travel on to Syria to join IS jihadists.  Photograph: AFP/Metropolitan Police/Getty Images

‘When I was young and stupid I was young and stupid. Luckily, I have managed to locate the diary and kill it’

‘We liked the word “warns”. It carried intimations of threats and sanctions. Maybe – ring out them bells – Minister of State, Paudie Coffey, had found a way to rein in the big cats of the construction world?’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘The State – in a hurry to boost housing supply – is planning to loan money to builders at low rates to pay for the infrastructure(...)

‘The brilliance of the 64-page formula is that we never had to hear about the subsequent unpleasantness when he recovered.’ Above, author EL James attends the Fifty Shades Of Grey New York Fan First screening  on February 6th. Photograph:  Mike Coppola/Getty Images

‘Anyone old enough to remember the Mills & Boon 64-pagers will recognise the formula’

 ‘Operation Transformation is not the X Factor or Big Brother. It is well regarded by many healthcare professionals and has a deadly serious objective.’ Above, Operation Transformation.  Photograph: RTÉ

‘ Viewers are left under no illusion; reinventing your life and changing your lifestyle is not easy’

 Alexis Tsipras: on a visit to Ireland last year he engaged in some local/European canvassing with Sinn Féin. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Is there any new party, movement or alliance in Ireland with Syriza’s potential?

New side of Leo Varadkar: the Fine Gael TD told Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ last weekend that he’s gay. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly
Who is Leo Varadkar?

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is an unusual politician. He has a high IQ and a small ego. He’s a ‘bit odd’ socially and seldom (...)

‘For most people a bonus is the peacetime equivalent of a war medal – a hard-earned reward for striving in exceptionally challenging circumstances.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘The Davos summit will welcome back many of the same movers and shakers whose reckless exuberance virtually destroyed lives and ec(...)

Then mInister for education Niamh Bhreathnach (left) and Mags O’Brien celebrate victory in  the divorce referendum at the RDS on November 25th, 1995. Photograph: Frank Miller

1995 referendum that gave separated people the right to divorce was barely carried

Kingsmill Massacre – Alan Black, the sole survivor of the massacre, in 2000 laying a floral tribute at the Bessbrook Town Hall memorial to those killed – “Atrocities like these can never be expunged from a conscience or explained away.”  –  Picture by Stephen Wilson/Pacemaker

Universal yearning to find meaning in barbarity

‘Even 35 years on, Charvet Charlie, his bagman, his stately home, his befurred, entitled mistress, his grovelling Uriah Heep ministers, the phone-tapping, the tails, the threats, all remain too close, too familiar, too infuriating to be classified as fascinating or entertaining, especially at this point in our history, when it is all too clear how the seeds of that poisonous culture would re-erupt like ragwort, again and again, across the decades.’  Above, Aidan Gillen as Charlie Haughey

‘The RTÉ series is described as “fascinating”. But Charlie Haughey’s corrupt, thuggish little power play will always elicit other (...)

Power to the people: water-charge protesters on Merrion Square. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Anadolu/Getty

From the Rehab controversy to the John McNulty affair and the Irish Water debacle, the people of Ireland finally had enough

 ‘To dismiss the Roscommon-South Leitrim Independent byelection winner Michael Fitzmaurice as a turf-cutter would be reckless.’   Photograph:  Mick McCormack

‘In its ideal manifestation, localism is a driver of practical, community activism. Its flipside however, can be a reckless indiff(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

Social enterprise, civil disobedience and a more accountable political system could help Ireland work better. But for starters, le(...)

‘The Dublin protests also got a mention in the same feature, including the placards denouncing the “Ministry of Thirst” and the fact that Ireland was the only country in the OECD that did not charge its citizens for water usage.’ Above, people taking part in the anti-water charges protest march in O’Connell Street, Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

‘If the protests are about something other than water – as the leaders are insisting now – why hijack World Human Rights Day, fro(...)

The area where a homeless man was found dead on Molesworth Street, only 50 metres from the Dáil. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

‘Tonight, among even those with roofs over their heads, there will be people of every class – whatever that means – too fearful to(...)

Ireland  international wing Tommy Bowe attending the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of John Wilson “Jack” Kyle, former Ireland and Lions rugby player in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Willie John McBride: ‘He was just one of the great men of this world, I am just proud I had him as a friend’

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