“I’m a pragmatist, and I see the logic in studying for careers that offer decent job prospects. It’s no fun being highly educated and highly unemployed.”

What makes you come alive? Surely this is one of the most important questions for students as they return to school and make decisions that will af(...)

My old uniform

My school was Gortnor Abbey in Crossmolina, Co Mayo, where I boarded from Dublin for four years on a scholarship. It was run by the order of Religi(...)

Sprightly former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave (93) stepped from his car and – old pro that he is – turned to face the grateful photographers with a cheery wave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Where is this council estate anyway? The President invited it to Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday.That’s a lot of chairs and biscuits. Good old Michael D.(...)

President Michael D Higgins and the Council of State which is meeting today to advise him on whether he should refer the new abortion Bill to the Supreme Court.

The meeting of the Council of State convened by President Michael D Higgins to discuss the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill has ended after m(...)

President Higgins: seven individuals on the council are chosen by the President

Final preparations were under way at Áras an Uachtaráin last night for the first meeting of the Council of State since President Michael D Higgins (...)

Ruairi McKiernan, founder of Spunout, on Green Road in Sligo as he hitch-hikes around Ireland. Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell8

You might expect a 35-year-old man hitching around modern Ireland to spend most of his time waiting by the side of the road, watching cars go by. But (...)