Taoiseach Enda Kenny ...”Our Taoiseach has given us a vision for this State – the best small country in the world in which to do business.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Last week in The Irish Times Cliff Taylor asked an interesting question of President Michael D Higgins: “Surely it is positive that the economy is rec(...)

The British are very good at pageants and ceremony, and over the five days of the visit of China’s President Xi Jingping they have been laying it on w(...)

President Michael Higgins with Chinese premier Li Keqiang in  Beijing in  December  during a  state visit to China. Photograph:  Greg Baker-Pool/Getty

During his visit, President Michael D Higgins pointed to the 91 Irish companies working in China and how the country’s external investment would excee(...)

The paradox of remarkable economic growth in many African countries, combined with the enduring legacies of poverty, disease and hunger were central t(...)

President Higgins and his wife, Sabina Higgins, leaving the new homeless facility in Wicklow Town following its official opening. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Two terraced houses in Wicklow town centre that have been turned into accommodation for homeless people were opened yesterday by President Michael D H(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina (second right) are welcomed by King Philippe of Belgium (2-L) and Queen Mathilde of Belgium (L) as they arrive at the Abbey of St Lawrence to attend the commemoration for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in Liege, Belgium,today.  Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The First World War was a horrific event in human history and has to be regarded as such, according to President Michael D Higgins, who is today atten(...)

 President Michael D Higgins  speaking at the ceremony for the  unveiling of the Monumental Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery to commemorate the thousands of soldiers from Ireland who died in the first and second World Wars. Photograph:  Alan Betson 2:02

A phrase in President Michael D Higgins’ speech captured, perhaps better than any other, the feelings of many of those who yesterday witnessed the ded(...)

A flag bearer stands to attention at the unveiling of the Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 2:02

A Cross of Sacrifice dedicated to the memory of Irish men and women who fought and died in two world wars was unveiled today at a ceremony in Glasnevi(...)

Prince Edward will attend a ceremony to unveil a war memorial Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin next Thursday. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

President Higgins will be accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, for the unveiling of a war memorial Cross of Sacrifice at(...)

Windsor Castle: the repository of  flags of  Irish regiments in the British army which have not been seen in public since 1922. Photograph: Reuters

‘Hang up your brightest colours,” advised George Bernard Shaw after the death of Michael Collins. Both men would surely have relished this hist(...)