Sally Mulready is a former resident of a mother and baby home on the Navan Road, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Sally Mulready, the London- based Irish community campaigner, has welcomed an inquiry into Ireland’s mother and baby homes and has sought a meeting(...)

Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister Northern Ireland , speaking to Brian O’Driscoll and  Amy Huberman at the banquet held at Windsor Castle during the state visit of President Higgins. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

In his account in his memoirs of the day he became the first Irish head of government to address MPs and peers in the Palace of Westminster sev(...)

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(...)

Irish people living in Britain have been slow to back calls for extending voting rights to emigrants in presidential elections, the Constitutional Convention has said. Photograph: Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

Irish people living in Britain have been slow to back calls for extending voting rights to emigrants in presidential elections, the Constitutional Con(...)

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 (...)

Áine Doyle at a Gathering event in her native Newbawn, Co Wexford

Margaret Mackay moved to Texas in 1987 after she was made redundant from Bank of Ireland. She now lives in Pennsylvania. She visited Dublin for four d(...)

Maureen Sullivan, Mary Smith, Dianne Croghan and Marina Gambold at a press conference by Magdalene Survivors Together to give their response to the Government’s redress scheme.  Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

The two main survivors’ groups gave contrasting reactions to the Quirke report, with some former residents warning they may bypass the redress scheme (...)

George Boland  photographed in Dublin while on tour with the Irish Elderly Advice Network as  part of The Gathering. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

George Boland sat in his hotel off Dublin’s O’Connell Street yesterday and savoured a pint of Guinness. After six years kept captive by a group of (...)

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks  after being honoured with a Distinguished Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council in Washington DC earlier this month. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The potential influence diasporas of all nationalities can have on their home countries and how it can be cultivated will be explored at a two-(...)