Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: has called for a properly constituted commission to examine issues raised by the discovery of mass baby deaths at St Mary’s mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway – including allegations that medical trials were carried out on children. Photograph: Alan Betson

The investigation into a vaccine trial on children in mother and baby homes, which politicians and Catholic Church leaders are now calling for, has p(...)

Into the west: the M4 motorway. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

What did the Celtic Tiger ever do for us? Well, the roads, for one thing. The years from 2003 to 2010 saw the Irish motorway network expand from a len(...)

Jockeys stand for a minute’s silence yesterday at the Galway Races in deference to the late broadcaster Colm Murray. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Colm Murray, one of Ireland’s best-loved broadcasters, died yesterday from motor neurone disease. He was 61. Tributes were paid to a man whose gentle (...)