Liam Herrick has been director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust since 2007. Photograph: Eric Luke

A human rights specialist with a long record in equality and legal reform will be announced as President Michael D Higgins’s new special adviser this (...)

  President Michael D Higgins in the greenscreen studio at the opening of the National Film School  in Dún Laoghaire yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Whether President Michael D Higgins needs so many advisers has become a talking point in political circles. On yesterday’s evidence, he would do just (...)

Mary Van Lieshout pictured in 2003.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Áras an Uachtaráin has confirmed the departure of the most senior aide to President Michael D Higgins. Mary Van Lieshout, who was special adviser t(...)