‘While endless columns and air time are sacrificed to fulminations over the McNulty fiasco, the would-be stroke that has reduced the Oireachtas to an orgiastic lather can be reduced to one small and boring fact: Enda Kenny’s contempt for the Seanad.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

There are times when Prof Morgan Kelly’s dismissive description of this State as “tiny and boring” is annoyingly apt. Our political dramas are small a(...)

 President Michael D Higgins  has been  awarded the freedom of Limerick by the newly merged local authority.

President Michael D Higgins has said he is humbled to have been made a freeman of Limerick. Almost 1,000 invited guests gathered at a ceremony in the (...)

President Michael D Higgins said too many people die each year waiting for the transplantation of scarce organs.The President paid tribute to the gene(...)

With the High Court set to lose seven senior judges to the appeals court, one-fifth of its posts are up for grabs in a single round.

The Government is about to select 10 new judges for the superior courts in a move that will significantly alter the profile of the judiciary. The Jud(...)

 John FitzGerald, librarian at University College Cork: winner of the €1,000 poetry award believes “the most important skill is to be critical of one’s own work”.

A librarian whose writing has never appeared in print before today has won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. John FitzGerald, university librarian(...)

The history of the Sisters of Mercy is a long and very proud one, the President Michael D Higgins has said.  File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The history of the Sisters of Mercy is a long and very proud one, the President Michael D Higgins has said. “Here in Ireland the Sisters of Mercy thro(...)

 A section of the large crowd this week at the ploughing championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The papal nuncio is a fan. Russell Crowe knows all about it. National Geographic lists it as one of Ireland’s top 10 must-see events. In a country whe(...)

Actor Joe Steve Ó Neachtain at the Poitin Stil pub. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When south Connemara hosted its first Oireachtas Irish language cultural festival four decades ago the main marquee blew down just as a céilí was abo(...)

Tom and John Paul Nolan from Nolan Contractors in Tullow, Co Carlow take a break at the third and final day of  the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times. 2:39

A new record is set to be achieved today as the National Ploughing Championships draws to a close with overall attendance expected to top 250,000. Som(...)

Populism at its worst

At a time of increasing homelessness and inadequate social housing, decisions by Dublin councillors to cut property tax income by 15 per cent represen(...)