President Michael D Higgins and his wife  Sabina Higgins are shown around the Forbidden City in  Beijing. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins began his high-profile state visit to China with a tour of the Forbidden City at the heart of the capital Beijing, on a mi(...)

Ivana Bacik said she welcomed the “positive news’’ that Ireland had been invited to participate in the British Armistice day event. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú said it would not be helpful to have a politically divisive debate on the centenary celebration of the 1916 Risin(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

All parties and groups involved in the continuing search for peace in Northern Ireland must redouble their efforts to overcome the political impasse,(...)

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has called for political talks to try to break the political logjam in Northern Ireland

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has called for political talks to try to break the political logjam in Northern Ireland. As the DUP (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says Government is committed to holding talks to help break impasse. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The Government is committed to holding political talks to help break the impasse in Northern Ireland, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan(...)

Bovine abductions: cattle rustling has been on the rise in the past two years

James Conroy remembers the night well. He had five 30-month-old cattle ready for slaughter in a field across the road from his house, just outside Mou(...)

The number of cattle thefts went from 133 in 2012 to 298 last year and is no longer considered to be just a Border phenomenon.

Some 34 stolen cattle recently recovered by gardaí in Monaghan will be taken to marts in the midlands in the coming weeks in an effort to reunite them(...)

Mr Justice  Peter Smithwick arriving at the Tribunal. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

20 March 1989: RUC chief supt Harry Breen and supt Bob Buchanan are shot dead in an IRA ambush near Jonesborough, south Armagh. The officers were retu(...)

Charles Flanagan: he and his firm rejected all the woman’s claims, including negligence and breach of contract, and argued Ms Rigney Murray was not entitled to damages. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A Co Galway woman who sued her former solicitor, now Fine Gael TD Charles Flanagan, over alleged professional negligence has settled her High C(...)