Members of Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas movement marching in Gaza on Monday. Photograph: Mahmud Hamsmahmud/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organisation tha(...)

Sir, – Fintan O’Toole likes stories (Opinion & Analysis: “Who will dare say out loud ‘emperor has no clothes’?”, June 30th). Incomplete, one-sided(...)

Sir,– The Berkeley tragedy rightly dominated news headlines and official discourse in Ireland for days. It strikes me that the reaction of the Irish (...)

Sir, – It is ironic that just four days after Veronica Scanlan from the Department of Social Protection wrote in The Irish Times (Letters,June 25th) d(...)

Sir, – When considering the replacement of the finish on the East Pier in Dún Laoghaire, the council developed an aggregate which incorporated fragmen(...)

Tax defaulters

Sir, – In your edition of June 10th you published the latest list of tax defaulters issued by the Revenue Commissioners. Once again medical consultan(...)


Sir, – James Connolly Heron (“Why we should pay tribute to the 1916 leaders” June 24th) rejects the argument that “a mandate is required before one ca(...)

Islam must look at itself

A chara, – What Gary Doyle (Letters, June 30th) experienced of Islam is greatly to be desired. However condemning extremist Muslims and reaching out (...)

Engineers as role models

Sir, – in response to Dr Declan Deasy (Letters, June 29th) I wholeheartedly agree that engineers are well-positioned to be role models for a new Irela(...)

Smoking in public parks

Sir, – It was with dismay that I read the letter (June 29th) in support of banning smoking in public parks from Dún Laoghaire Co Councillor Deirdre Do(...)