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(...)

 Christine Buckley. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Hello darkness, my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again . . .” You’ve been on my mind for four weeks now, like “a vision softly(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly: signed commencement order for Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 yesterday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

An order commencing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 from January 1st has been signed by Minister for Health James Reilly. The move wa(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore : “Apartheid was an issue in Ireland, Mandela was aware of it. He was also aware of Ireland’s own political struggle . . .” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

World leaders attending today’s state memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela face a challenge in carrying forward his work(...)

Six of the President’s seven nominees to the Council of State have made a submission to the Convention on the Constitution asking that it consider the appropriateness of office-holders having to take religious oaths, including  former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness. Photograph: Eric Luke

Six of the President’s seven nominees to the Council of State have made a submission to the Convention on the Constitution asking that it consider the(...)

President Michael D Higgins id greets Seamus Heaney during the Irish Book Awards at the RDS, Dublin, in 2011.  The president said yesterday: “The presence of Seamus was a warm one, full of humour, care and courtesy – a courtesy that enabled him to carry with such wry Northern Irish dignity so many well-deserved honours from all over the world.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The funeral of Seamus Heaney, who died suddenly yesterday after a short illness, will take place on Monday in Dublin. He was 74.The death of the Nobel(...)