The town won a Purple Flag last year, an award for the quality of its evening and night-time economy.

Swords is one of Dublin’s most vibrant suburbs. Full of young families, the town has a population of 50,000 and has shaken off any sleepy suburban (...)

Jim Downey: September 20th, 1933-April 21st, 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

James Downey, who has died aged 82, was one of the leading journalists of his generation. His elegant prose graced the pages of The Irish Times until (...)

Former “Irish Times” editor Conor Brady: “How do we pay for good journalism as distinct from ‘infotainment’ and recycled celebrity news?” he asked the ongoing Women in Media conference   in Ballybunion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The challenges facing women in leadership roles in the media today are “immense”, according to former Irish Times editor Conor Brady. Opening the fo(...)

Róisín Ingle and Olivia O’Leary at The Women’s Podcast Nollaig na Mban event. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Joan Burton, Miriam O’Callaghan and Olivia O’Leary are just a few of the powerful women in politics and media who will convene in the north Kerry town(...)

Former editor of The Irish Times Conor Brady, one of Gsoc’s three commissioners from 2005 to 2011, wrote at the weekend that he authorised numerous phone record requests, as provided for by law. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has been accessing individuals’ telephone records as far back as 2011, a former commissioner has confir(...)

In Colorado, tax revenue from marijuana is ring-fenced for the upgrade of schools run down as a result of spending cuts.  Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Watching Bob Dylan at Slane, I found clinching evidence of the factual basis of the first line in Lenny Bruce’s autobiography, How To Talk Dirty And I(...)

Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetary, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Two ‘giants’ of Irish history were remembered at the 93rd annual commemoration for Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton: will lay a wreath during the commemoration ceremony honouring Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith. Photograph: Sara Freund

A ceremony commemorating the lives of Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith will be held in Glasnevin Cemetery this weekend, with Ministers and members (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: ‘We have made massive changes to the operation and governance of An Garda Síochána.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Bad behaviour among some members of the Garda should not be “rolled up endlessly” into an accusation of a “flawed culture”, the Minister for Justic(...)

Jack Marrinan (right) at a GRA delegate conference in 1979. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

John Marrinan, who has died aged 81, was a key moderniser of policing in Ireland. Always known as Jack, he was assigned to protection duties at the ho(...)