Derek Paine, Greystones boat builder and collector of photographs. Photograph: Jack Clarke

Derek Paine, who has died aged 84, led a life intimately and devotedly connected to the sea and to the community in which he lived. He was a renowned (...)

 A file photograph  dated August 9th 2011 of US musician Prince during a performance  at the Sziget Festival in  Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Balzas Mohai/EPA.

From the very beginning of his nearly four decades in the music industry, Prince defied convention and courted controversy in equal measure. The mult(...)

Building reportedly used as a Magdelene Laundry on Seán McDermott Street: many levels of Irish society, including the State, failed women who were kept in such places. Photograph: Eric Luke

I have told her story in the past but even in death she would want to remain anonymous. She leaves an important legacy. Her childhood was sad. Her mot(...)

Living in a secular society does not silence the religious, nor does it prevent them from engaging in political activity. Picture:  Martin Luther King Jr

In 1968, the New York Times predicted that by “the 21st Century, religious believers are likely to be found only in small sects, huddled together to r(...)

Sir Anthony Hart, chairman of the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry, said the inquiry would complete its work by July next year and submit its report in January 2017. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The North’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry is to investigate a further six institutions, bringing the total number to 22, the inquiry chairman(...)

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: his department published data  showing that the  number of children becoming homeless outside the capital is increasing at almost three times the rate in Dublin. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

The cost of accommodating homeless families with children outside Dublin has increased by up to 75 times since January, figures obtained by The Irish (...)

Tawa Awobinpe with children Malik (5), Mubarak (12), Faridah (on lap 18mths) and Tunde (6) in Edel House, Grattan St, Co Cork. Photograph: Provision

Tawa Awonbinpe, originally from Nigeria and now an Irish citizen, says her four children have “experienced things they shouldn’t” since they became ho(...)

Archbishop Éamon Martin says Thomas Flynn’s “great love for Catholic education was known throughout Ireland”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The death has taken place of the retired bishop of Achonry, Thomas Flynn (84). He was born in Ballaghadereen, Co Roscommon in 1931 and was ordained a (...)

The last time I visited the Holy Land was with Pope John Paul II in the year 2000. Excuse me. Pope saint John Paul II. Visiting there with “ordinar(...)

Mils Muliaina, confronted here by Phil Burleigh of Edinburgh, will captain Connacht against La Rochelle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the abiding memories from the Sportsground last week was the performance of 25-year-old Connacht wing Matt Healy. He was quite simply exceptio(...)