Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the  National Maternity Hospital:  said it  galled  her that the HSE had paid millions of euro to families after birth injuries in maternity hospitals, but had failed to invest in enough midwives and obstetricians to provide safe maternity services. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Discussions on a new national plan for women’s rights will begin next week, Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said. He said the National Wom(...)

Former president and UN secretary-general’s special envoy on climate change Mary Robinson (right) with Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Harry McGee Political Correspondent It was possibly the strangest St Valentine’s Day wooing in recent Irish political memory but the unexpected declar(...)

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(...)

Former president and UN envoy Mary Robinson: Developing countries must be right there at the beginning and not locked into dirty fossil fuel infrastructure. Photograph: The Irish Times

UN special envoy for climate change Mary Robinson says developing nations need to join the rest of the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to s(...)

The Fifth Province explores a metaphoric space beyond physical geography where individuals can interrogate their cultural, social and political identity without the influence of others

Visitors are offered two options on Dylan Quinn Dance Company’s homepage: professional or community. The chosen click will either lead to an ou(...)

 Quantitative easing wasn’t the only item on the agenda in Davos. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

While the ECB’s announcement of a quantitative easing programme dominated events in Davos last week, a range of other issues were quietly under discus(...)

 Quantitative easing wasn’t the only item on the agenda in Davos. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

While the ECB’s announcement of a quantitative easing programme dominated events in Davos last week, a range of other issues were quietly under dis(...)

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan. The agency met about 40 existing and prospective companies in Davos in a bid to enhance Ireland’s international profile. Photograph: Alan Betson

Insurance companies and representatives of the financial and technology sector were among the companies that attended events organised by the IDA l(...)

Former President and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change Mary Robinson

UN Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson has said that 2015 will be a crucial year for climate change.She said December’s UN conference in Pa(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

A lot of things have been said – and possibly written, for all I know – about the influence of television on the minds of, like, impressionable chi(...)