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(...)

A file image of President Michael D Higgin with former president Mary Robinson at Aras an Uachtarain. Mr Higgins is likely to join Ms Robinson in being conferred with the freedom of Cork city. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins is set to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork city. City Lord Mayor, Cllr Catherine Clancy will next week ask coun(...)

From left: Cindy McCain, Trudy Styler, Ban Soon-Taek, Kim Cattrall, Naomi Campbell, Muna Rihani Al Nasser and Nassir Al-Nasser attend the “March in March” to end violence against women, at The United Nations last week on International Women’s Day. Photograph: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

At the Beyoncé concert in the O2 arena in Dublin on Saturday night, lyrics from the song Flawless (...)

John Larkin: said there should be an end to prosecutions for Troubles-related killings. Photograph: NewRayPics

John Larkin, Northern Ireland’s single-minded Attorney General, is not a lawyer to avoid controversy whether that be stepping into rows over gay adopt(...)

President Michael D Higgins’s three-day state visit next April will include a state banquet at Windsor Castle, meetings with political leaders, and most likely a banquet for business leaders, hosted by the lord mayor of London at the city’s Guildhall venue. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The forthcoming visit of President Michael D Higgins to Britain opens up “limitless and endless opportunities” for Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has s(...)

Presidential boundaries

Not so long ago, the term “intellectual” qualified as a dirty word. It was used to dismiss people who challenged established orthodoxies. One o(...)