A 2011 photograph of former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds (right) with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese to thank those who have assisted her throughout her fourteen years as president. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Among the signatories to a petition for an independent inquiry into policing of the north Mayo Shell/Corrib gas dispute is social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke, four TDs, one Senator and seven academics are signatories to a petiti(...)

“The South Pole Inn is not a pub where you should ever complain about the weather. It is of course named in honour of its former owner, the Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, who unlike most Irish people, knew what bad weather really meant.”

One pleasant afternoon over Easter, I found myself sitting at the counter of the South Pole Inn in Annascaul, Co Kerry, with my eyes fastened on a boo(...)

Bishop William Crean of Cloyne prepares to speak on the review of child safeguarding in the diocese by the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

That no child safeguarding case management files existed in the Divine Word (SVD) Missionary congregation prior to 2013 was “of great concern and i(...)

National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSC) review of child protection in the Meath diocese was published today.

The Bishop of Meath Michael Smith has been praised by the Catholic child protection watchdog for his “commitment to and leadership in the development (...)

New SuperValu store owned by Cork businessman Michael Smith will create 25 new jobs in Kinsale.

SuperValu continued its expansion in the Irish retail market today with the opening of a new 20,000 sq foot store in Kinsale, Co Cork. Th(...)

Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn has failed to overturn a Standards in Public Office Commission finding that he inadvertently committed minor breaches of(...)

Kieran Megraw, brother of Brendan Megraw  from West Belfast, has made a fresh appeal for the whereabouts of his brother’s body. He vanished in April 1978 and is thought to have been secretly buried at a spot near Kells, Co Meath. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The brother of a man kidnapped and killed by the IRA 35 years ago has made a fresh appeal for information about the location of his body.Newlywed Bren(...)

Liberal MP Julie Bishop is involved in an expenses scandal that saw her and others claim “overseas study” allowances to pay for flights home from a wedding in India. Photograph: Reuters

For someone who campaigned from opposition on the Labor Party’s “debt and deficit”, new Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has been forgiving of an(...)

Bishop of Meath  Dr Michael Smith leads a prayer ceremony organised by the organised by the WAVE Trauma Centre for family, relatives and friends of the Disappeared, at a bog in Oristown, Co Meath where it is thought some bodies of the IRA’s victims are buried. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times Dara Mac Donaill  Dara MacDonaill

A Catholic bishop has launched a fresh appeal to help find the bodies of seven people abducted and murdered by the IRA.As more than 100 people gathere(...)