The Seanad sat late on Monday night while the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015 passed report and final stages, meaning it has almost become law. Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald and Senators debated aspects of the proposed legislation for more than eight hours, concluding their discussions after 10.30pm

The Seanad sat late on Monday night while the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015 passed report and final stages, meaning it has almost become(...)

Sally O’Neill (left) and Anne Enright in Honduras. Photo David Stephenson

Tributes have been paid to Sally O’Neill, Trócaire’s head of region for Latin America, who is to retire next month. Ms O’Neill has been at the heart o(...)

The President’s Initiative: President Michael D Higgins delivering the keynote Address, at The President of Ireland’s Ethics Initiative National Seminar , at Aras an Uachtaráin, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Current levels of inequality in Ireland posed a fundamental challenge to the legitimacy of institutions and the morality of the State, President Micha(...)

Áine Byrne from Dublin and Gerard Gunning from Roscommon are both 25 and have been in London for almost three years. He is a menswear print designer and Byrne is studying for a master’s in textile design. Photograph: Kim Cunningham

Irish photographer Kim Cunningham’s latest project, photographs of the new London Irish – creative young Irish people who’ve moved to the British c(...)

Russell Crowe attends a press conference for new film The Water Diviner at Claridges, London last week.  Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire 2:37

Russell Crowe’s new film The Water Diviner has been praised by the Australian embassy for its even handed portrayal of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaig(...)

Fenian  Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa  in New York.  President Michael D Higgins will inaugurate a series of events to mark the centenary of his  death. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins will inaugurate a series of events to mark the centenary of the death of the Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. Mr Higgins w(...)

Poet Michael Longley speaking at the Ulster Hall, where he received the freedom of Belfast. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/PhotopressBelfast

Michael Longley is a poet who has “looked history square in the face” and who also played an important civic part in the creation of the 1998 Belfast (...)

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa pictured in New York in January 1911, during the long illness that eventually led to his death on June 29th, 1915.  Photograph: Getty Images.

A re-enactment of the funeral of Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa is among an ambitious programme of events to be unveiled this week to mark the centen(...)

Ireland fans get a grip on the RBS Six Nations Trophy as the rugby team arrive back to Dublin Airport. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:52

The victorious Ireland rugby team arrived back into Dublin Airport on Sunday afternoon to an ecstatic welcome after their Six Nations win. Hund(...)

‘Here in the US, during the 1976 bicentenary of the American revolution, there was much focus on the theme of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as it had evolved since the 18th century.’ Above, the American Declaration of Independence adopted  in Philadelphia (with the future first President of the United States of America, George Washington present). Original Artwork: Engraving after a painting by John Trumbull. (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

I’m in Boston this week, speaking about the Irish War of Independence and its legacy. As with other parts of Irish-America, there is much interest her(...)