Read hot: summer reading at Bull Wall, Dollymount. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

1 Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (Vintage, £11.99) We tend to think children will resemble(...)

 Denis O’Donovan:  “If a US citizen tries to get a work visa or go a step forward and obtain a residence permit or citizenship in Ireland, he or she has as good a chance as a resident of Mars. Let us be real.’’

The State should face up to the reality of seeking to regularise the position of undocumented Irish in the US while failing to give “one iota of a ch(...)

 Crowds gather around the 7th green at Fota Island yesterday to watch Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy and Stephen Gallacher  during the second round of the Irish Open yesterday. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images.

As the poster boy of global golf departed, Rory McIlroy’s fate sealed by an overhanging tree branch which ricocheted his ball into the wilderness down(...)

Minister of State for Transport Alan Kelly  during his announcement that he will seek election as Labour Party deputy leader. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times 2:20

Two new candidates have emerged as contenders for the Labour Party deputy leadership this lunchtime.Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean(...)

Marty Whelan: He do the police in different voices

One doesn’t normally associate the patter of Marty Whelan with the classics of high modernism. But such is the ceaseless cavalcade of funny accents(...)

Senator Imelda Henry:  “We are all on the doorsteps and we hear the stories.  It is quite disturbing and very difficult to have any answers.”

Senator Imelda Henry has called on Minister for Health Dr James Reilly to address the Seanad on the withdrawal of medical cards from the ill. Ms Henry(...)

Singer songwriter Paul Simon onstage at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with fellow artists prior to the Seamus Heaney tribute in association with Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council as part of One City One Book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council hosted a magnificent event in the National Concert Hall to commemorate and celebrate (...)

Michael Fassbender at the Irish film premiere of Frank at Lighthouse in Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire 1:55

Patrick Freyne Frank, a musical adventure story by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and featuring movie star (...)

Donal Dineen: ‘I got to live the dream, and now I just have to wake up and conjure another one’

My own big love affair with radio began before lengths lost their waves and bands became a bit too broad for their boots. Radios, remember them? Ma(...)

The University College Dublin campus at Belfield. “Our disability support services are now performing to the highest international standards. This success can be traced back to the establishment of Ahead 25 years ago by Prof John Kelly, then registrar of UCD.” Photograph: Eric Luke

People with disabilities may feel that considering studying at third level would be impossible, given the limitations of their circumstance. They may (...)