Protesters in Melbourne   urge the Australian government not to send 267 people – including 37 babies born in Australia – back to immigration detention in Nauru, 3,000km away. Photograph: Chris Hopkins/Getty Images

Australia’s ambivalence over asylum seekers is dominating headlines again, with churches, writers and thousands of ordinary citizens calling on the go(...)

Irish-American publisher Niall O’Dowd, a co-founder of the Irish Lobby for Immigration reform, will be one of ten people to receive awards from President Michael D Higgins tomorrow for their work with Irish communities overseas. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Irish diaspora is still “hugely underutilised” as an economic resource for Ireland, New York-based Irish journalist and publisher Niall O’Dowd has(...)

Playful air: John Murray’s jolly front belies his ability for acute observations

In the uncertain world of radio, where positions are constantly under scrutiny and quarterly listenership figures cause ripples of anxiety, admitting (...)

The editor of the Cork Literary Review, Eugene O’Connell. Photograph Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The debate about the so-called death of print is an evolving story, as the popularity of ebook readers such as the Kindle and iPad changes people’s re(...)

From left : Una Mullally, journaslist, Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, the civil liberties organisation, and Louise Lowe, theatre director and playwright, on the opening night of the Dublin Writers Festival, at Smock Alley Theatre. Photograph: Eric Luke

Literary festivals and the F-word make for unlikely companions, but so it was. Last night, in one of the first events of th(...)