Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ball handling skills let him down during a nailbiting showdown in a local golf club. Photograph: Alan Betson

The two Michaels have been working very hard on our behalf in China this week. With a combined age of 144, the President and the Minister for F(...)

Sr Liz Smyth. Photographed in 2000.

It is my belief as a Dominican sister that it is important to support and encourage educational reform in Ireland that will equip our young people wit(...)

Former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin called on Government to re-instate post-graduate students’ maintenance grants as she was conferred with an MA in American Studies from UCD’s Clinton Institute this afternoon.  . Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin called on Government to re-instate post-graduate students’ maintenance grants as she was conferred with an M(...)

Firing enthusiasm: Shaun Holly, who teaches science at Kinsale Community School. Photograph: Dan Linehan 2:43

Shaun Holly doesn’t just teach science. He likes to bring a bit of razzmatazz to the subject. “I do a bit of chemistry magic – explosions and off-c(...)

A guard of honour at the funeral of former minister Joe Walsh in Clonakilty, Co Cork yesterday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Former agriculture minister Joe Walsh (71) has been laid to rest amid tributes paid at his funeral at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Clon(...)

 An attendee holds the order of service which features a portrait of the late Ian Paisley as guests arrive for thehis  memorial service at the Ulster Hall  in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images 2:19

More than 800 people attended a memorial service for the late DUP leader and first minister Ian Paisley in the Ulster Hall in Belfast this afternoon.D(...)

“The memory of our forefathers, including James Connolly, James Larkin and others important to the Labour Party, can be kept alive in the minds of the next generation by protecting history as a subject,” former minister for education Mary Hanafin said. “The choice rests with the [current, Labour] Minister for Education.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Former education minister Mary Hanafin has urged the current Minister Jan O’Sullivan to protect history as a core subject in the Junior Certificate cy(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Mary Hanafin speaks to the media following her her election as a county councillor for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in May. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin this morning defended her description of some members of the party’s front bench as “anonymous”.Ms Hanafin, n(...)

Mary Hanafin has said she would be putting her name forward for Dáil nomination. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The brother of former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin has been urging TDs to hold the Dáil selection convention for the Dún Laoghaire constituency a(...)

Celebrate: around 88.8 per cent of students who took higher level Irish got a C or higher.  Photograph: Getty Images

During her term as minister for education, Mary Hanafin increased the percentage grade for the oral component of Irish to 40 per cent, aiming to incre(...)