Protester Kenneth Hanlon outside Mountjoy Prison during a demonstration over the imprisonment of  water charges demonstrators. Photograph: PA

Jailed water charge protesters can free themselves simply by undertaking to abide by court orders not to interfere with meter installers, a High Court(...)

President Higgins’s visit to China this week successfully combined cordial meetings with the country’s top leaders, well-chosen themes linking Ireland(...)

 Ivana Bacik  said she found it extremely moving, as she was sure her colleagues did, to watch the reports of the speeches given by Mr Higgins and the queen. Photogaph: Cyril Byrne

Senators welcomed the ongoing visit of President Michael D Higgins to Britain. Ivana Bacik (Lab) said she found it extre(...)

Queen Elizabeth is no stranger to Irish. She used it to address guests at a special State Dinner in St Patrick’s Hall Dublin Castle in 2011. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The British monarchy’s official twitter account (@Britishmonarchy) announced the President’s arrival with a tweet as Gaeilge this afternoon. “T(...)

President Michael D Higgins speaking at the Community garden party yesterday at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

President Michael D Higgins has told the world of the shock and dismay of the Irish people at the “voices from the past” heard on the Anglo tapes ove(...)

Margaret Thatcher waves from the front door of her home after returning from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital following an operation on her broken arm on June 29, 2009 in London, England. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, perhaps the most distinctive and divisive British politician since the second(...)