John O’Donoghue: his decision not to seek a Fianna Fáil nomination for the next general election clears the way for the  party to run two candidates. Photograph: David Sleator

Former ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue’s decision not to seek a Fianna Fáil nomination for the next general election has cleared the way for the party(...)

James Arthur O’Connor. A View of Irishtown from Sandymount, (c 1823) Private collection. Photograph: Courtesy of Pyms Gallery

A wire-strung harp made for a County Cork clergyman in the 1730s; playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s snuffbox; the silver mace once carried on cer(...)

Tourist attraction? Cliffs on the Wild Atlantic Way. Illustration: Michael Viney

The wavy white lines of the Wild Atlantic Way proliferate on new road signs all around us – signs that light up in car headlights with such explosive (...)

Sinn Fein spokesman for the diaspora Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh

Sinn Féin has sharply criticised the Government’s failure in its new diaspora policy, to deal with the right of emigrants to vote.The party’s new spok(...)

Contrails: the jet streams wrapped around the planet are broad rivers of wind often thousands of kilometres long, shifting between north and south as seasons change. Illustration: Michael Viney

Between the slashing hail squalls borrowed from Canada’s winter, I kept an eye on the sky above the mountain, looking for contrails speeding far too f(...)

Members of the Defence Forces on Bray seafront before a rehearsal for the annual Air Spectacular show. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Government is committed to the policy of military neutrality, Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan told the Dail.“Our military neutra(...)

Eimear Nugent, Joe O’Brien, Sarah Owen and Richard King of Crosscare at the launch of their new website focusing on the mental health and wellbeing of Irish emigrants, mindhowyougo.ie.

The majority of recent emigrants have found the experience of moving abroad harder than they expected, with difficulty finding a job or a place to liv(...)

Look, Ireland! Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan at the launch of the Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy in Government Buildings on Tuesday.

In an historic development for citizens overseas, this week the Government published the first State commissioned plan for diaspora policy. Taoisea(...)

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(...)