Welsh and Irish fans show the tension of the last moments of the drawn Six Nations game in the Palace Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The four proud provinces of Ireland were “together standing tall”, as is now usual. But in a twist unforeseen by Phil Coulter’s rugby anthem, it was a(...)

Mark Farren in action in 2006. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Soccer star Mark Farren has been laid to rest alongside his late triplets after his battle with cancer. The 33-year-old has been remembered as one of(...)

President Michael D Higgins (second right) with former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa (left), former South African president Thabo Mbeki,  and Salman Khurshid, former Indian minister for justice. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s revolutionary period was cited as inspirational by retired politicians from three former British colonies during a discussion, After Empire,(...)

Election 2016: Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, Labour leader Joan Burton, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Renua leader Lucinda Creighton and Ruth Coppinger of the Anti-Austerity Alliance.

The political parties have kicked off their general election campaigns after President Michael D Higgins dissolved the 31st Dáil and Taoiseach Enda Ke(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin where they signed the dissolution of the 31st Dail. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has left Áras An Uachtaráin and arrived arrived back at Government Buildings after President Michael D Higgins dissolved the 31st(...)

 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(...)

Finally, after a great deal of huffing, puffing and shape-throwing, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has settled on a date for the general election and will seek (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to name election day on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has declined to say at what time he will call the general election on Wednesday. Mr Kenny is expected to make the announcement i(...)

A poster for Renua’s Terence Flanagan has had its “public meeting” sticker begin to peel off in the wind (left), while other posters have seen the stickers removed completely (right). Photographs: Stephen Ray

Storm Henry may have left some disgruntled election candidates in its wake after Monday night’s strong winds blew stickers off public meeting posters,(...)

A senior Labour source said the decision on an election date was the prerogative of the Taoiseach. Photograph: The Irish Times

Political parties are making preparations for the calling of the general election with Fine Gael Ministers last night briefed on key elements of the p(...)