Swearing in: Michael D Higgins during his inauguration at Dublin Castle in 2011, flanked by his predecessors Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Photograph: Maxwell

It was a Friday afternoon, two days before Michael D Higgins’s visit to France in February 2013. At Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin, and the Irish Em(...)

Tradition is not always the best guide. Simply because a 35-year qualifying limit was adopted for presidential candidates in 1937 does not mean it sho(...)

Actor and comedian Niall Tóibín is to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork this year. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Veteran actor and comedian Niall Tóibín is to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork later this year, after city councillors voted overwhelmingly to bes(...)

 Mary and Martin McAleese with TK Whitaker during yesterday's SDLP lunch in his honour. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Few live as long and accomplish as much as has Dr TK Whitaker. Fewer still live long enough to sit listening to the unqualified praise of their pee(...)

Amy Chua was guest speaker at The Gloss/Vodafone Look the Business networking event 3:26

Three years ago she was arguably the most hated mother in America, but last night Amy Chua spoke in front of a capacity audience at the Mansion House (...)

Historian Dr Brian P Murphy acknowledged  Ireland’s relationship with the United Kingdom had enjoyed positive advances in recent years thanks to the state visits to Ireland by the Queen Elizabeth II and to the UK by President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ireland’s improved relationship with the United Kingdom should not prohibit the state from according a pre-eminent position to the commemoration of th(...)

Like our two glorious former presidents, Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese, Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald has all the trappings of power and choice and autonomy, yet she has none of them. No woman is immune from our State’s desire to tell her what to do with her body, even when she is the head of that State. There is no escape from our obsession with ovaries, no matter whose ovaries they are. 
Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There’s something about Mary. And Bridget. And Ciara. And Katie. And Ngozi. There’s something about these women. There’s something about all women in (...)

President Michael D Higgins said it was an honour to  become a Freeman of a city of writers, poets, sports stars, patriots and composers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins today recalled Cork’s great contributions to Irish politics, sport and culture over the past 100 years as he spoke (...)

 President Michael D. Higgins and Queen Elizabeth during the banquet held at Windsor Castle this evening. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A Shoilse Banríon, A Mhargacht Ríoga: Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness: Thank you for your kind and generous welcome and for the w(...)

Cork City Council is to award President Michael D Higgins the freedom of the city. Photograph: The Irish Times

Cork City Council is to award President Michael D Higgins the freedom of the city. The decision followed a vote at a council meeting las(...)