You may recall how in this column on March 12th last I ruminated on our hibernating sky and commented that “outrageously”, it “has even been known to (...)

 The Remembrance Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Last week I was asked whether I was British. It wasn’t a question. It was an accusation, levelled at me during a discussion on 1916, which I said was (...)

With no nomination commanding majority support Enda Kenny – having lost the support of the Dail – will announce his intention to offer his resignation as Taoiseach to the President. Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

The Dáil has two principal tasks to complete on Thursday. Firstly, it must elect a Ceann Comhairle. Then it will vote on nominations for Taoiseac(...)

A number of Labour figures have already pointed to Michael McDowell’s climb up a lamppost in Ranelagh in 2002  PHOTOGRAPH - FRANK MILLER

The Taoiseach has finally brought down the curtain on the 31st Dáil after what was probably the longest ever run-in to a general election. The terse(...)

Br Kevin Crowley: ‘This morning a family came in to me who were on the verge of being evicted. Six in the family and no food. Desperate. The wife was crying. The husband has lost his job.’ Photograph: David Sleator

The depth of the State’s economic recovery has been questioned by a Capuchin brother involved in feeding hundreds of people in Dublin every day. Br(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, his wife Fionnuala Kenny, with  the Taoiseach’s  brother Cllr Henry Kenny and his wife Maureen in Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar.  Photograph: Michael Donnelly

More than 400 of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s closest constituency supporters gathered in a Mayo hotel on Saturday night for a dinner to celebrate the 40(...)

The new governor of the Central Bank of Ireland is Dr Philip Lane (46), Whately professor of political economy at Trinity College Dublin. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

The Government has nominated economist Prof Philip Lane to succeed Patrick Honohan as governor of the Central Bank. Prof Lane (46) is the Whately cha(...)

The cortege makes its way through Blackrock village in Co Louth at the State funeral of Garda Anthony Golden. PPhotograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

The picturesque village of Blackrock on the shores of Louth’s Dundalk Bay came to a standstill as Garda Tony Golden made the journey to his final r(...)

Gardaí line the route of Garda Tony Golden’s funeral cortège in Blackrock, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A hero in the manner of his death while trying to save others, Garda Tony Golden was the quintessential protective big brother growing up in Farranoo,(...)

‘Migrants  and refugees board a train after they cross  the border between Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija.’  Photograph: EPA/NAKE BATEV

Once in a while, Seamus Heaney tells us, something can “catch the heart off guard and blow it open”. This time it was a picture of Aylan Kurdi, a well(...)