President Michael D Higgins who is visiting Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa: “These are our  fellow children of the planet. We have to decide that we will allow the people to live and to survive at least . . . Feeding children on 80 cents a day and to be short of the 80 cents is a scandal to humanity.” Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

It might have been a scene from Yeats’s Among School Children, there in the Tierkidi refugee camp in Ethiopia’s Gambella province on the borders with (...)

It seems so obvious now. We have, without knowing it, been crying out for a documentary on the myths, legends and everyday eccentricities of Glasne(...)

Ivana Bacik said she welcomed the “positive news’’ that Ireland had been invited to participate in the British Armistice day event. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú said it would not be helpful to have a politically divisive debate on the centenary celebration of the 1916 Risin(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said a mandatory wage-setting body should set pay and working conditions in the waste industry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Domestic water meters are now being installed at a rate of one every 30 seconds, with more than 400,000 already in place, Minister for Environment Ala(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady. Photograph: Eric Luke

The sole clerical abuse survivor on the Vatican’s new Commission for the Protection of Minors, Marie Collins, says she hopes Catholic Primate Cardina(...)

Writer Dermot Healy who died suddenly at his home in Ballyconnell, Co Sligo, on Sunday night

Many tributes have been paid to writer Dermot Healy who died suddenly at his home in Ballyconnell, Co Sligo, on Sunday night. President Michael(...)

Rev  Peter D Murray pictured after being elelcted and installed as President of the Methodist Church in Ireland at a ceremony in Christ Church Leeson Park, Dublin tonight. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

History was made in Dublin tonight when the two Church of Ireland archbishops took part in the installation of the new Methodist President Rev Peter (...)

The IRA practise of ‘disappearing’ people they executed in the 1970s was terrible, shameful and one of the worst things that happened during the Troubles, Martin McGuinness has said

The IRA practise of ‘disappearing’ people they executed in the 1970s was terrible, shameful and one of the worst things that happened during the Troub(...)

Seán FitzPatrick, after being  acquitted last week. Under intense pressure, jurors heard complex evidence from a number of witnesses and came up with verdicts that seem nuanced, sophisticated, coherent and fair. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

In spite of appearances, people are smart. Give so-called ordinary people enough information, a calm context in which to interpret it and a sen(...)

Despite President Higgins’s recent jaunt to Windsor, our British chums could not be persuaded to take much interest in the muddled Hibernian mu(...)