At St Finian’s Church on Adelaide Road, Dublin, at the end of an ecumenical Way of the Cross procession from Rathmines Catholic church. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

People must stand up to the men of violence in society and say “no more”, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. Speaking at the an(...)

Christiane O’Mahony, who wrote and stars in Sisters of the Rising

Sisters of the Rising Everyman Palace, Cork ★★ The quiet plucking of a harp, so emblematic in itself that it might have arrived straight from Tara’(...)

Fisherman John O’Brien speaks at the European Parliament. Photograph: Loic Jourdain

John O’Brien is a fisherman and father of six from Inishbofin in Donegal. He is concerned about the future of fishing and the retention of rural servi(...)

Fisherman John O’Brien speaks at the European Parliament. Photograph: Loic Jourdain

This article is part of The Irish Times Meet the Voters series, profiling ten sample voters in a bid to track the impact of the 2016 General Election(...)

The cockpit wreckage of Flight MH17: on December 15th, Putin signed a  law allowing the Constitutional Court in Moscow to overrule  decisions of international courts where they contradict the principle of supremacy of the Russian constitution. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

With the findings of the criminal investigation into the Flight MH17 disaster due in mid-year, it’s instructive to see Russia’s president Vladimir Put(...)

“The prevailing paradigm is that foreign policing expertise is good and domestic is mildly toxic. We really should get over this inferiority complex.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The independent Policing Authority, which will oversee the performance of An Garda Síochána, came into operation on January 1st. The Garda Síochána (...)

Fluctuat Nec Mergitur: Paris’s motto – Latin for Tossed But Not Sunk – on the Eiffel Tower. Photograph: Reuters

In a week that has belonged to the events of Paris, there is often guilt in a radio presenter’s voice when a programme shifts to a lesser item. This m(...)

The Policing Authority Bill, at present before the Dáil, deals with the reform of structures within the Garda Síochána and redefines its relationship (...)

The State funeral this week of Garda Anthony (Tony) Golden, Blackrock, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Policing by its nature takes place on the fault lines of society. It is adversarial in character, and paradoxically it can be incredibly satisfying to(...)

 Svetlana Alexievich the 2015 Nobel literature winner, waves  after a news conference in Minsk, Belarus, yesterday.  The judges described her work “a monument to suffering and courage.” Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP Photo

It takes courage to see the truth; it takes even more to confront it, describe it and present it against the odds. This year’s Nobel Prize for Literat(...)