Part of the water charges protest in Dublin earlier this month. ‘The Government seemed somewhat taken aback by the size of the marches and the depth of anger and disillusionment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It was the first Dáil sitting of the New Year and an optimistic Enda Kenny couldn’t speak highly enough of the wonder that was soon to be Irish Water.(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Chinese president Xi Jinping (right, back) look on as Prof Mark Ferguson of Science Foundation Ireland and Prof Yang Wei of the Natural Science Foundation of China exchange documents during a signing ceremony in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People last week. Photograph: Greg Baker/EPA

I was privileged to attend an event in Shanghai this week hosted by the Consul General of Ireland, Austin Gormley. The reception formed part of Presid(...)

 Jack Ma:  founder and executive chairman of Alibaba and  recently named Asia’s richest man. Photograph: Daniel J. Groshong/Bloomberg

One of the highlights of President Michael D Higgins’s state visit to China last week was a visit to the Alibaba headquarters, where he met the ecomme(...)

President Higgins with Jack Ma, chief executive of Alibaba. Photograph: Shane O’Neill / Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins met with the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba in Hangzhou on Friday, as the IDA explores ways to attract the Chin(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Chinese president Xi Jinping wait for the start of a signing ceremony in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Tuesday. Photograph: Greg Baker/EPA

As the People’s Liberation Army honour guard marched by in the Great Hall of the People, every one at least 1.9m (6ft 2in) in height, the presidents o(...)

After a state welcome with full military honours at the Great Hall of the People, President Michael D Higgins said he had warm discussions with his Ch(...)

President Michael D Higgins and China’s president Xi Jinping inspect honour guards during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters 1:44

President Michael D Higgins has invited his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to make a return visit to Ireland during meetings at the Great Hall of the (...)

President Michael D Higgins: will be attending events in China aimed at promoting Ireland run by the Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Tourism Ireland, as well as the Science Foundation of Ireland, the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and representatives from the universities.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There is a strong business flavour to this week’s visit by President Michael D Higgins to China as he will be attending events aimed at promoting Irel(...)

President Michael D. Higgins is on a week-long visit to China. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

President Michael D Higgins shared a stage with musician Sharon Shannon and her band, the poet Paula Meehan, erhu player Sun Huang and cellist Zhao Xu(...)

Seán O’Rourke, one of the radio presenters popular with Irish listeners in the UK.   Photograph: Frank Miller

The Irish diaspora in the UK is making fresh appeals for the retention of RTÉ’s longwave service ahead of its planned closure next month.Retired Lond(...)