And, of course, things will never be the same again. For one thing, when any newspaperman on this paper rings a bunch of pet Ministers to ask if it’s (...)

 A wing of St Patrick’s Institution in Dublin. The detention centre is to shut its doors 30 years after its closure was first recommend. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Thirty years after its closure was recommended “the finishing school for bullying and developing criminal skills” is to finally shut its doors once le(...)

TK Whitaker: “a brilliant man, a man who made a singular and peerless contribution to life on the island of Ireland, a national treasure”

Enda Kenny emerged from the political wreckage of another bad day at the office yesterday to heap praise on a man who, by common consent and acclaim,(...)

Paddy Donegan, second from left, in 1963 with, from left,  Michael Mullen TD, Dermot Doolan, secretary, Irish Actors’ Equity, and the Abbey actor Vincent Dowling. Photograph: Gordon Standing/The Irish Times

Paddy Donegan, who has died aged 92, was a formidable driver of major educational change in the second half of the 20th century. Appointed as a(...)