US President Barack Obama receives a bowl of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House, a fixed annual privilege granted to no other world leader.  Photograph: Chris Kleponis/ Reuters

‘Hello,” I said. “My name is Conor O’Clery. I am the international business editor of The Irish Times of Dublin, Ireland’s leading newspaper, calli(...)

Then President Mrs McAleese, accompanied by Queen Elizabeth of England and King Albert of Belgium during the official opening of the Island of Ireland Peace Park at Mesen in Belgium yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller

In 1967, Irish historian FX Martin referred to a deliberate “historical amnesia” about southern Irish links to the first World War, in contrast to the(...)

The All-Island Free Travel pass which was launched in 2007

The free travel scheme for pensioners is not sustainable in its current form, the Department of Social Protection warned in its pre-budget submissi(...)

Jonathan Irwin, founder and chief executive of the Jack & Jill foundation. Photograph: Frank Miller

The trouble with living a packed life is that at least some of the things that happen along the way will be unpleasant. It’s something Jonathan Irwin (...)

Photograph: Eric Luke

It is curtain call at the end of the first preview of Mark O’Rowe’s emotionally bruising new play, Our Few and Evil Days, at the Abbey Theatre in Dubl(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: made what amounted to an admission that the temporary appointment of Mr McNulty to Imma – he was a board member for only 13 days – should not have occurred and he undertook that it would never happen again . Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has accepted responsibility for the appointment of Seanad byelection candidate John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum o(...)

The publishers of a new book containing a claim that the late former taoiseach Charles Haughey was beaten with an iron bar have said the claim was inc(...)

No evidence emerged to challenge the official version of events surrounding Haughey’s injuries in April 1970

The Haughey family statement asserting that the former Taoiseach, when Minister for Finance in 1970, fell from his horse when a drainpipe he grabbed w(...)

Charles Haughey pictured in 1970
Haughey family statement

This is the statement issued on behalf of the Haughey family yesterday:“Family deeply disappointed and saddened by false claims by Dr TK Whitaker rega(...)

Undated archive picture of former taoiseach Charlie Haughey on a horse

The family of the late former taoiseach Charles Haughey has dismissed as “patently untrue” a claim that he was beaten with an iron bar in a pub bef(...)