Heba Alsharbaty (Mother) , Khilood Jaddoa (Grandmother) of 10 Month Old Yousif Hussein and (Grand father) Fadhil Alsharbaty origionally from Baghdad in Iraq, now living in Rathfarnham during the first of three citizenship ceremonies held at the Convention Centre earlier this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

On Wednesday US president Barack Obama altered his schedule to represent the United States government at a naturalisation ceremony in Washington. His (...)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said that a conversation secretly recorded last June by a pro-life activist was done so without his consent or knowledge. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Labour Ministers have downplayed the political significance of secretly taped private conversations involving two Labour TDs who (...)