Mary Akrami, director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Centre, in Kabul and board member of the Afghan Women’s Network, was keynote speaker at the launch of Frontline Defenders 2015 Annual Report in Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /THE IRISH TIMES

Peter MurtaghA chilling picture of the challenges facing women’s rights activists in Afghanistan has been given by a campaigner from there who is visi(...)

Aidan Gillen’s Haughey seems at times detached from the events around him, his face displaying a sort of bored contempt for everyone, foes and allies alike, mildly exasperated that not everyone sees his own genius. 2:11

The frenetic pace of episode two of Charlie, RTÉ’s dramatisation of the political life of Charles Haughey, mirrors the mad, manic and dangerous pace o(...)

Mr Haughey, with Mr Tony Gregory, TD, before he started a sponsored cycle from Dublin to Kilnacrott, Co Cavan, to raise money for a holiday home for inner city children in 1982. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

  Brian Lenihan snr (above far right and, as played by Peter O’Meara, left) became a firm supporter of Charles Haughey when Haughey took o(...)

The funeral of Chermaine Carroll at  St Mary’s Church Bennekerry, Co Carlow, who was killed in a collision along with her three friends. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In the end, it was the words and music of Ed Sheeran that caused the emotions to flow unchecked.Chermaine’s family and friends, her boyfriend Thos, he(...)

The remains of Gemma Nolan who was  killed in a road collision crash with her three friends arrives at the Holy Family Church, Askea, Carlow. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Over 1,000 people filled to capacity the Holy Family Church, Askea, Carlow for the funeral of 19-year-old Gemma Nolan. She was the second of the four (...)

The remains of Chermaine Carroll, one of the Athy crash victims, arriving at St Mary’s Church, Bennekerry, Co Carlow. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Chermaine Carroll, a 20-year-old victim of the Athy car crash that claimed the lives of her and three of her friends, loved life, a priest told her fu(...)

“Last year, the Queensland minister for transport Scott Emerson announced a two-year trial of a minimum passing distance for motorists who are overtaking cyclists: one metre on roads with speed limits up to 60km/h and 1.5 metres on faster roads,” said Noel Gibbons, who is a road safety officer with Mayo County Council.

A law obliging motorists to give cyclists a minimum amount of space when passing should be considered, a road safety official has suggested.Commenting(...)

The scene of the fatal accident on the N78 near Athy, Co Kildare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The immediate reaction of all first responders and gardaí to the crash near Athy in Co Kildare will have been, firstly, to secure the scene so that th(...)

From the vantage point of a first, or perhaps second, floor apartment window, a person armed with what was probably a smart phone recorded in 42 secon(...)

The Last General Absolution of the Munster Fusiliers at Rue de Bois, a painting by Italian artist Fortunino Matania, depicting the front line near where Capt Arthur O’Sullivan took part in the 1914  truce during the first World War

On Christmas Eve 1914, Capt Arthur O’Sullivan, from Greystones, Co Wicklow, was in his trench at Rue du Bois, near Neuve Chapelle on the western front(...)