As David Norris pointed out in a Seanad debate in May, the combined university panel electorate is “150,000 times the number for the taoiseach’s 11 nominees”.

Of the 161,000 Irish citizens registered to vote in the Seanad election, some 94 per cent have addresses on the island of Ireland, while the remain(...)

Prof John Crown outside Leinster House. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Medical Corner This week, Prof John Crown advises on the best course of action to follow if you suffer a nasty wallop to the ballots area. It’s near(...)

Senator Mark Daly, Fianna Fáil, meeting with the Halawa sisters from left; Nosayba, Fatima, Omaima and Somaia Halawa at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has reiterated that the final decision to release Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa (19), who has been detai(...)

Dirty old town

James Joyce is largely to blame for the affectionate phrase “dear old dirty Dublin” even though he never wrote that; in his version, the word “old” wa(...)

A couple takes part in the annual Gay Pride Parade in Dublin. Photograph: Getty 2:12

O’Connell Street, host to numerous protests against austerity and water charges in recent months, gave way to unbridled joy on Saturday as upwards of (...)

Thousands have taken to the streets of Dublin to celebrate the annual Dublin LGBTQ Pride Parade. Rainbow flags and balloons were in evidence as dancer(...)

’The cleaning of O’Connell Street is quite extraordinary, because we are a genuinely filthy nation. We are a filthy race of people, but that street is kept really clean and wholesome all the time.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This week, Independent Senator David Norris claimed Irish people were “filthy” as he repeated his criticism of the neglect of Dublin’s O’Connell Stree(...)

Mr Justice John Murray, who has retired from the Supreme Court. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Attorney General has lead tributes to a former chief justice, Mr Justice John Murray, on his retirement as a Supreme Court judge. Mr Justice Mur(...)

Senator David Norris praised O’Connell Street cleaners.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent Senator David Norris claimed Irish people were “filthy’’ as he repeated his criticism of the neglect of Dublin’s O’Connell Street. He sa(...)

Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939) who received the Nobel prize for literature in 1923. Photograph: George C Beresford/Getty Images

During one of the headline events of his birthday celebration in Sligo, WB Yeats’ granddaughter Caitriona briefly shared a stage with Mary Plunkett gr(...)