NCH chairman Gerry Kearney, Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys and NCH chief executive Simon Taylor with Martin Hayes (fiddle) and Dennis Cahill (guitar) at the launch of Imagining Home

Last week the National Concert Hall announced a series of seven concerts under the title Imagining Home. The venture, which will run through Easter(...)

Capt Deirdre Carbery of the Defence Forces says there is a direct correlation between gender, inequality and insecurity.

Transforming men’s attitudes and behaviours to help end violence against women and girls will be at the core of a conference on gender-based violence (...)

President Michael D Higgins next to UN Conference on Trade and Development Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi in Geneva. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins has criticised the “arrogant assumption” that economic expansion can be perpetual and sustainable, and called instead for (...)

One of the undercover officers, Mark Kennedy, made several visits to Ireland, including attending a Shell to Sea workshop in Mayo. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Campaigners opposed to the Corrib gas project have paid tribute to seven women in Britain who have received an apology from the Metropolitan Police f(...)

President Michael D Higgins’s  keynote address will open the 10th debt management meeting of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), being held in Geneva  until Wednesday. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

President Michael D Higgins is to deliver the opening address this morning at a United Nations conference on debt and sustainable development issues i(...)

Labour Senator Mairia Cahill with Labour leader Joan Burton. A party sources said “we believe we will be back in government”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Senior Labour Party figures have warned the party could lose up to 20 seats – nearly half its current number – in the next general election. The party(...)

Deborah Borda, above, once told me that when orchestras started holding blind auditions, they found themselves hiring far more women

It would be easy to think that the row over gender equality in the Abbey Theatre’s 2016 programme will have far-reaching consequences. But the hist(...)

Alibaba founder Jack Ma: “Singles Day has shown the power of China’s consumers.” Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Sales during “Singles Day”, Jack Ma’s online shopping spree, soared 60 per cent to 91.2 billion yuan (€13.28 billion) last week, leading some to specu(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said it was ‘the blackest of black days for Paris, for France, for its citizens, and through them for the citizens of the free world.’  Photograph: Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the terrorist attacks on Paris which killed more than 120 people was the “blackest of black days for Paris”. Mr Kenny o(...)

 President Michael D Higgins said the anti-austerity street protests in many EU states could be seen as “not just the mechanical result of deplorable levels of unemployment and deteriorating material circumstances”, but also a reflection of a “breakdown of trust between citizens and their institutions”.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Unaccountable forces removed from democratic control are today in control in the European Union, President Michael D Higgins has declared in one of th(...)