President Michael D Higgins:  Central to what he describes as his “presidency of ideas” is a desire to challenge, to provoke, to question assumptions and orthodoxies. Photograph: Frank Miller

The role of president is rich in ambiguity. The Constitution lays down some things the holder of the office must do (appoint the taoiseach and governm(...)

Generation Selfie: Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Gerry Adams, Martina Anderson (front left) Lynn Boylan, Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Every election in Ireland over the past decade has been forecast as the first “digital election”. None has really lived up to the billing. Back in 2(...)

Wormwood Scrubs: There are 950-1,000 Irish prisoners in various British jails, mostly in England. Photograph:  Rebecca Naden/PA

On January 25th, 1985, an ad appeared on the classifieds page of this newspaper seeking a coordinator for am organisation called the Irish Commission (...)

Exploring Ireland’s postcolonial archictural identity: architect John McLaughlin and academic Gary Boyd. Photograph: Alice Clancy

While a Modernist revival arose during the Tiger’s cub years, fostered by the new breed of architecture, Ireland is not often associated with the ori(...)

Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath: Keen to produce a winning mentality. Photograph: Inpho

“Why should we in Fermanagh sit in a dark corner and talk about winning Ulster among ourselves but feel you can’t let anybody hear you?” asks Pete McG(...)

President Michael D Higgins: Convened the  meeting in Áras an Uachtaráin which extended to over three hours. Photograph: PA

The majority of those present at yesterday’s Council of State meeting said President Michael D Higgins should not refer a proposed law governing the (...)

A woman cycles past a marriage equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin, Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There was high tension, colourful drama, a lively soundtrack, and a climactic result followed by emotional rainbow scenes of celebration. The marriage(...)

President Michael D Higgins with Lisbon mayor Fernando Medina   at Lisbon City Hall where the  President  was given the key of the city on the second day of his   State visit to Portugal. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

The economic recovery should extend to every part of a country’s population, President Michael D Higgins has said, as he urged “meaningful and social(...)

 Visitors walk up a stone path past a cottage at the Irish Hunger Memorial,  in Battery Park, Manhattan, New York. The memorial is to undergo reconstruction next year. File photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Damage from water leaks to the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York is forcing city officials to rebuild it a cost of $5.385 million (€4.9 million), more(...)

President Michael D Higgins begins a four-day State visit to Portugal on Wednesday, his first State visit to the country since assuming office in 2011.

President Michael D Higgins begins a four-day State visit to Portugal on Wednesday, his first State visit to the country since assuming office in 2011(...)