Poet Paul Muldoon: “Even at his most vituperative there was a vitality”

There was a strong, though mixed, reaction yesterday to the news of Ian Paisley’s death from the arts community.“Even at his most vituperative there w(...)

Ian Paisley lived up to the many different characterisations of his personality. Photograph: The Irish Times

The death of Ian Paisley marks the end of an era. Here was a Big Man with big boots. Descriptions and characterisations vary greatly: the most divisiv(...)

Rev Ian Paisley pictured in  2006  at the St Andrew’s  peace talks. Photograph: James Fraser/EPA

President Michael D Higgins said he learned of the death of Rev Ian Paisley “with sadness”, describing him as a man of “deep convictions”. In a statem(...)

 Ian Paisley with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern pictured for the first time in public, at a meeting in Farmleigh, Dublin  in April 2007 Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has described the Rev Ian Paisley as “a big man with a big heart” whom he regarded as a good friend. Mr Ahern said he wa(...)

File photo from 1974 of former Democratic Unionist Party leader Dr Ian Paisley, who has died. Photograph: PA Wire

Dr Ian Paisley the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and former first minister of Northern Ireland has died, his wife Eileen said today. He was (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: meeting in Fota Island will be dominated by forthcoming budget. Photograph: Maxwells

A little like pre-season friendlies in soccer, Irish politics eases itself into the autumn with the “away” parliamentary meetings, or think-ins as the(...)

Demonstrators at a pro choice protest in Dublin earlier this month.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In order to advance their view on the abortion issue the campaigners on both sides seem determined not only to take side swipes at politicians opposed(...)

Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit addresses a news conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

Berlin’s Social Democrat (SPD) mayor Klaus Wowereit announced his departure from office yesterday, leaving office after 13 years with his reputatio(...)

The State funeral of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds takes place in Donnybrook, Dublin at midday today. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times 1:29

Former taoiseach Albert Reynolds was remembered as a man who “sought peace with determination” at his requiem Mass in Dublin today by the Archbishop o(...)

Rail workers picketing at Heuston Station yesterday, the first day of a two-day strike. Photograph: Dave Meehan

About 100,000 people will be affected today as the country’s rail network again comes to a standstill as a result of a strike by members of the Nation(...)