Bishop Paul Colton. File photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The willingness to accept diverse views and interpretations about the 1916 Easter Rising is hopefully a sign of Ireland’s growing maturity as a nation(...)

The Government can be relieved at how well the celebrations have gone, given the apprehensions of a couple of years ago. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

In dealing with historical commemorations, the priority of the government of the day is to make them “relevant” or at the least to survive the pitfall(...)

It was more than fitting that the main event of Easter Sunday 2016 was to honour those who have served and protected the State over the often turbule(...)

One of the most significant things the Republic could do now is to move on from commemorating the men and women of 1916 and continue to build on what (...)

Ireland’s ambassador to Britain, Dan Mulhall: he and Cambridge history professor Eugenio Biagini have revisited Conor Cruise O’Brien’s 1960 book The Shaping of Modern Ireland  with The Shaping of Modern Ireland – A Centenary Assessment

Over three days last week at Churchill College, Cambridge, historians from around the world discussed the Easter Rising in the context of the revoluti(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton at the count at Phibblestown community centre during what has been a bruising election for the party. Photograph: PA

One public representative who did not have to face the electorate last Friday was President Michael D Higgins. He will have watched the election res(...)

At The Irish Times Debate final, individual winner Clíodhna Ní Chéileachair and team winners Ross O’Mahony and Aaron Vickery (centre) are joined by adjudicator Prof Brent Northup of Carroll College, Montana. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Those opposing the proposition that 2016 should be the last year in which Ireland commemorates the Easter Rising were the big winners in The Irish Tim(...)

The last semi-final of The Irish Times Debate 2015/2016:  Claire Ní Cheallaigh of the TCD Philosophical Society in full flight. Photograph: The Irish Times

The final of the Irish Times Debate, the annual student debating competition, takes place in Dublin this evening on the question of whether 2016 shoul(...)

They’re with the band: stars of ‘Eipic’,  Fionn Foley, Cian O’Baoill, Fionnuala Gygax, Roisin Ni Cheilleachair and Daire O’Muiri. Photograph: Bryan Brophy

When the final appraisal of 1916-related TV programmes is done, Eipic (TG4, Thursday) will surely be the most lateral. In the drama, set in a fictiona(...)

“There is far too much reliance on notes made available to download, which undermines independent research.” Photograph: Getty Images

I am sure my parents did not look forward to parent-teacher meetings when I was at school, as I was far from a model pupil. But whatever about having (...)