Pauline Conway from Co Wicklow greeting  President Michael D Higgins  at University College London Hospital yesterday.  Photograph: Johnny Bambury

The glittering investiture of Ireland into The Order of the VBF (Very Best Friend) continues. There’s nothing like some rousing pageantry to st(...)

At the end of a very special day, they raised their glasses and toasted the future. A good future. One that many Irishmen and wom(...)

Dáil Éireann had witnessed the conscious uncoupling of the Minister for Justice from his pride

Alan Shatter felt the hooves of history on his shoulders yesterday, but will nobody spare a thought for the wild horses? For six months, (...)

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan leads a group of colleagues into Leinster House for the Public Accounts Committee meeting yesterday. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Before the most powerful committee of the national parliament, the Garda Commissioner stood his ground and all but told the representatives of the peo(...)

 Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan to be given all the information on criteria that apply to staff of Irish Water.  Photograph: David Sleator

Micheál Martin reintroduced us to a familiar organism yesterday. It’ll fit in nicely with the cryptosporidium and E.coli. “The bonus culture is back,”(...)

The business of “micro-managing” a project which is only one of the most significant in the history of his Government department would be far too tedious for Big Phil, who is more interested in looking at the bigger picture. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Do you not know who they think they are? Of course not. You know nothing. On the other hand, the consultants know everything about everything. Most im(...)

Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city in October  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Within the timeframe of the past 70 years, good journalism has never been so important. Events, conflicts, great uncertainty and a deluge of questi(...)

Central Remedial Clinic acting chief executive Jim Nugent leaving Leinster House after giving evidence to the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Jim Nugent met Bertie Ahern in 1970 through the Federated Workers Union of Ireland. Jim was a negotiator with the union, recruited straight from unive(...)

Did Gerry Adams see the icy-expressions on the faces around him as he spoke? Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s a pity the man who was commander of the IRA in west Belfast all those years ago wasn’t in the Dáil chamber yesterday afternoon. He could have cle(...)

THE Irish Times has received 29 nominations for the National Newspapers of Ireland Awards for 2013, more than any other newspaper. The newspaper domin(...)

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