Church of Ireland  Archbishop of Dublin  Michael Jackson: “The geography and the tradition from which I come is one of dissent.” File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The following is the full text of a speech delivered by Michael Jackson, archbishop of Dublin, launching Dublin City University’s 1916 centenary progr(...)

What is Brexit? The countdown has begun to the United Kingdom’s referendum on withdrawal from the European Union. The stakes are high: if UK voters o(...)

Paul Breen: ‘I would be happy with the term Londoner. I embrace the culture, identity and history of the London Irish.’

Reading the Generation Emigration article by another Fermanagh-born writer, Kylie Noble, on Monday, I found it refreshing and thought-provoking. My ow(...)

Thinking anew: the Ven Gordon Linney. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Ven Gordon Linney is a compassionate man of clearly thought out Christian conviction who is never afraid of entering the fray in defence of that c(...)

The Tipperary Peace Convention said Pope Francis had “been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths”. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Among the five nominees for the 2013 Tipperary Peace Prize, published today, is Pope Francis. He is already Time magazine Person of the Year, and The (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny holds a copy of the Constitution at the RHA in Dublin at the official launch of Fine Gael’s campaign for a Yes vote in the Seanad abolition referendum. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A hallmark of the focus on the Seanad during the referendum campaign was a clear recognition that it needed reform. The public by their vote recognise(...)

The Seanad should be abolished because it is elitist. It is chosen by 150,000 people, all professional politicians and some university graduates who represent just 3 per cent of the population

There is widespread agreement that our political system needs serious reform. At the general election in 2011 the four main political parties backed S(...)

Michael McDowell: turned down the offer of a seat in the Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson

Have you actually read the Bill to permanently abolish Seanad Éireann before voting on it? It isn’t a simple textual excision of one of the two Houses(...)

Former minister Michael McDowell who said today: ‘Politics is the process that we as citizens choose it to be. We should not cannibalise the Constitution in the name of reform.’

Ireland is not a “failed state” and its people should not accept phoney reform in abolishing the Seanad, former minister for justice Michael McDowell (...)

The Seanad: For its critics the upper house and its denizens are something of an open goal. Photograph: Alan Betson/ Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have put their authority on the line in the referendum to scrap the Seanad. Unloved the upper house ma(...)