‘The big controversy this week has focused on the clean-up after the crisis and specifically the role of the IBRC, established in July 2011 to take on the two problem children of Irish banking, Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

July 2011 to take on the two problem children of Irish banking, Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide(...)

Looking towards the Eiffel Tower, Paris. Photograph: Thinkstock

Paris.  We would love to visit Lapland with our children to see Santa. Is it cheaper to do it(...)

Marriage referendum

(...) vote in the surrogacy referendum, or the adoption of children by same-sex couples referendum, or the(...)

‘There is genuine horror at the stories emerging of migrants drowning in their hundreds, and the danger, as Pope Francis put it, of the Mediterranean becoming a vast cemetery.’ Above, rescued migrants  after disembarking from the Italian Navy vessel “Bettica” in the harbour of Augusta, this week.  Photograph: AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi

(...)‘Below decks, hundreds of men, women and children huddled together in the dark on bare wooden(...)

Velázquez’s only surviving nude: Toilet of Venus (1647-51). Photograph © National Gallery, London/Réunion des Musées Nationaux

(...) endless war. The Dutch and French coveted one’s territory. Children often died in infancy – all the more(...)

(...) becoming the first female solicitor to be appointed a judge of the Circuit Court in 2001. But among her(...)

When he discovered that the previous occupant had lived in a chalet on site for 10 years, Greg Kinsella assumed that there was already planning permission to replace it. Unfortunately for him, he was wrong, and Wicklow County Council has been pursuing a case against him since his chalet (above) was first built in August 2012. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times 1:28

(...)’s swing and slide in the garden. Mr Kinsella and his partner have two children, aged three and five. Mr(...)

Mr Justice Paul Carney, who has retired, has been  described as an “innovator” and a “strong advocate” of the rights of victims who was instrumental in putting together a structured criminal justice system that is “fit for purpose”. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

(...) appointed a High Court judge in 1991. He presided over hundreds of civil and criminal cases, including some(...)

John Calnan, who is no longer in ministry, was sentenced to three years in jail, with the final year suspended, after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a girl in West Cork in 1989. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

West Cork in 1989.Sgt Maurice Downey told Cork Circuit Criminal Court that the girl was preparing for(...)

This case will set a precedent for what should be done when there is a breach of the McKenna Principles, as determined by the Supreme Court, governing the conduct of referendum campaigns.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A seven-judge Supreme Court has unanimously refused to order a re-running of the 2012 Children(...)