Mary McAleese will take up her new role as a professor of Irish studies in St Mary’s University, London, in September. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese has been appointed as a professor of Irish studies at St Mary’s University in London, one of the United Kin(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams speaking to media  at the RDS Count Centre for European and local elections, while Taoiseach Enda Kenny is broadcast speaking from a count centre via satellite. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Sinn Féin showed this weekend there is more than one way to stage a “spectacular”. Not even halfway through the count and party leaders were alread(...)

Jackie Kennedy in her famous pink suit, with JFK looking on, on the day of his assassination. Photograph: Getty

Hours before his assassination, US president John F Kennedy joked that “nobody wonders what Lyndon and I wear”. He could not have been more rig(...)

Cherie Blair: “The Daily Mail in particular didn’t like the idea of a girl like me coming from a working-class Liverpool Catholic family – I mean none of these things appeal to the editor of the Daily Mail.” photograph: jin lee/bloomberg

In the wake of the Daily Mail’s attack on late Marxist academic Ralph Miliband, the “Hated by the Daily Mail” novelty badges and slogan T-shirts have (...)

Helen Shaw of Athena Media and Cherie Blair at the WMB conference and awards 2013 in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin yesterday. Photograph: JBarker.

She describes herself as a “bolshie Scouser”, but when Cherie Blair was studying law, her profession wasn’t keen on women of any kind. “I can r(...)

W hen Carla Bruni ceased to be first lady of France last year, many thought that was the last the Elysée Palace would see of the former supermodel and(...)