We’re chaperoning Honor on her first actual date. For South Dublin parents, it’s one of those landmork days in your daughter’s life, like her first visit to the orthodontist, or the first time she arrives home from studying in a friend’s house with the faint smell of spirits off her breath.

From the moment Sorcha walks through the front door, I know that something is wrong. I haven’t seen her face so drained of colour since Brown Thoma(...)

Armenian clergy walk as they attend a commemoration ceremony for Armenians who lost their lives during mass killings under the Ottoman Empire, at the Temple complex of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kotchekov/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his sympathy to the Armenian people on the centenary of massacres which resulted in the deaths of up to 1.5 mill(...)

Senator Elizabeth Warren: ‘No more secret deals. No more special deals for multinational corporations.’ Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Powers that would allows US president Barack Obama to agree trade deals with Asian countries and the European Union, as well as the deals themselve(...)

Kevin Michael Vickers, Canadian ambassador of Canada to Ireland; Noel Creedon, chief executive of iNua Partnership; and Robert Kearns, chairman of Ireland Park Foundation. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Irish emigré Robert G Kearns has prospered in his adopted home of Toronto, building an insurance business over the 35 years since departing Ireland. K(...)

Attending the Garda graduations in Templemore on Thursday were the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, meeting the graduates as Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan hands out their Garda id cards. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

The training of police in Ireland has a long, unparalleled history which dates back to 1786. Despite this long past, the training provided has not bee(...)

Unlike students living away from home, prisoners, Gardaí based overseas or people whose line of work prevents them from voting at their local polling station, Irish emigrants who are still eligible to vote under existing electoral law cannot avail of the option of a postal vote. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Under Irish electoral law, emigrants retain their right to vote for a period of 18 months, provided they plan to return home within that timeframe. Ac(...)

Famine walkers on the final few steps of their 155km Famine re-enactment walk from Roscommon to the Jeanie Johnston in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

As they began the 155 km Famine commemorative walk from Strokestown, Co Roscommon to Dublin last weekend, participants’ thoughts turned to migrants d(...)

Armenians gather around a mountain chasm believed to be a mass burial site during an centenary  ceremony at  Dudan, near Diyarbakir, Armenia,   on April 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images 3:16

Ireland will not recognise the massacre of Armenians 100 years ago as genocide. A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) acknowledged (...)

African and Asian migrants play soccer at a migrant detention center in Mineo. This former residential base for American naval personnel in Sicily now mainly houses migrants from sub-Saharan Africa. Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

It is a bit like when you are driving through the Irish countryside on a quiet Sunday. You are in the thick of rural life when you come around a bend (...)

A walk commemorating 1,490 people who walked to Dublin to take a ship to Canada during the Famine will be completed on Wednesday at the Jeannie Johnson tall ship (above) at Custom House Quay. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A group of people from Strokestown, Co Roscommon will complete a 155km commemorative walk to Dublin on Wednesday afternoon in honour of the 1,490 peop(...)