The scene of the rail crash three miles outside Gorey, Co. Wexford, on December 31st, 1975. Photograph: The Irish Times

Joe O’Neill knew it took half a mile for a diesel engine pulling a regular complement of carriages to come to a halt from cruising speed, so when he s(...)

From left: the Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Susan Denham and baroness Nuala O’Loan, former police ombudsman of Northern Ireland, who were enrolled as members of the Royal Irish Academy yesterday, with RIA president Luke Drury. Photograph: David Sleator

The short-term needs of the economy should not detract from the long-term goal of creating an “intellectually stimulating” third-level education syste(...)