Eamonn Coughlan: The Seanad’s own former Olympic athlete sent his best wishes to soon-to-be octogenarian Ronnie Delany. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was a sparsely attended session of Leaders’ Questions. But above in the offices of Government TDs, the photocopiers were working overtime. As the C(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘Emigration has a devastating impact on our economy as we lose the input of talent and energy. We need these people at home. And we will welcome them.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Irish diaspora “is both an asset and a responsibility”, and engaging with it “requires a sustained, long term effort”, according to Ireland’s f(...)

Lorraine Higgins said estates faced issues ranging from building companies in receivership to financial institutions holding bonds that could not be accessed because of the preferential creditors’ rules.

Residents of a Galway housing estate were waiting 40 years for it to be taken over by the county council, Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins has said.Sh(...)

Elle Woods from Loughrey during the 2014 Easter Rising anniversary commemorations.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

There should be a “shameless celebration” of the Easter Rising centenary whatever government is in power in 2016, the Fine Gael national conference ha(...)

‘For too long, there has been a gap between Ireland and our diaspora, but that gap is now closing all the time.’ Photograph: Alan Place

Spring was in the air at Limerick City Hall earlier this week when Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan launched the Limerick Diaspora St(...)

Fine Gael’s new Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan spoke in fewer Dáil and committee meetings than any other Minister, which he says could be explained by his frequent absences enforced by diplomatic trips abroad.Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael and Labour TDs have the lowest activity rates – in terms of speaking time and written questions – in Dáil Éireann.The number of written ques(...)

Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan has said he did not think Republicans, who control the US Congress following their victories in November’s midterm elections, would be able to stop US president Barack  Obama’s orders shielding four million illegal immigrants from deportation. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is still trying to clarify whether illegal Irish will be able to return home outside of emergencies under President Barack Obama’s rece(...)

David Blackmore’s sculpture ‘Jacked’.

I always remember the Irish performance artist Nigel Rolfe, who I met while studying for a photography diploma at IADT in Dublin, advising me to move (...)

‘Emigrants may be interested in contributing to a new Ireland - one that offers a more secure future and one that might incentivise their return with their families. Ireland more than ever needs a young, energetic and visionary population.’ Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

This week, Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan said a plan for emigrant voting rights will not be included in the Government's new st(...)

Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan with Consul General in New York Barbara Jones and director general of the GAA Paraic Duffy at Dublin Castle yesterday before a panel discussion on the diaspora and emigrant welfare. Photograph: Lensmen Photography

A referendum on whether to permit Irish citizens living overseas to vote in presidential elections is “unlikely” to be held this year, Minister of (...)