The funeral of Niamh Doyle  which took place at the Holy Family Church, Askea, Carlow. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

There were four funerals but just one overarching theme – the sense of young lives cut short in a brutal instant. The funerals for the last two of th(...)

The funeral of Ashling Middleton, who died in a car crash along with three of her friends last Tuesday, Church of the Irish Martyrs in Ballycane, Naas. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The funeral for the fourth and last victim of Tuesday night’s car crash on the N78 has taken place in Naas on Saturday afternoon. Ashling Middleton ((...)

John O’Donoghue

With a twinkle in his eye, an impish grin framed by two of the deepest dimples seen on TV, John O’Donoghue who has died at 82, was a shining light of (...)

David Thornley, political analyst and later practising politician, with Charlie McCreevy. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Public policy-making in developed democracies is linked more and more to research findings about the impact and cost of particular policies, even thou(...)

Patrick Pearse was 36 when a British firing squad executed him in Dublin on May 3rd, 1916. David Thornley was the same age in 1971, when he wrote abou(...)

James Francis Lydon, who has died aged 85, was an outstanding Irish medieval historian. He openly asserted that he was a nationalist historian, to who(...)

A study of how alternative electoral systems would work in Ireland has found they most markedly favour the largest political party in Ireland a(...)