Firm friends: Robel Shiferaw, Mesay Tekalign and Wendm Niku at Kimmage Development Studies Centre in Kimmage. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Wendm Niku first met Robel Shiferaw at an English- language exam in the British Council in Addis Ababa. Both men had applied for an Irish Aid scholar(...)

Cry Freedom Frankly, the standard of election literature (don’t call it junk mail) being distributed has been pretty appalling. Fair play, then, to (...)

Current and former female members of the Oireachtas in Leinster House. Photograph: Houses of the Oireachtas collection

People have long debated the reasons for the lack of women in Irish politics. This time, voters have a real choice to correct the gender imbalance, if(...)

Sustainable Development Goals: Getting 193 countries to sign off on   2030 Agenda was widely considered a major achievement for the UN while also strengthening Ireland’s reputation as a serious player on international development stage

In the end, everything hinged on a single letter. After almost a year of talks, months of redrafting, an all-night negotiating session and the largest(...)

Luas driver and Siptu shop steward Richard McCarthy says salary scales up to about €42,000 after nine years do not reflect the responsibility of the job. Photograph: Eric Luke

Luas drivers believe that historically they have been grossly underpaid for the role they perform in stressful and demanding environments. Driver and(...)

Hit twice: drivers are paying for the poor performance of the insurance industry. Photograph: Thinkstock

We had become used, almost inured, over the decades, to steadily escalating car insurance costs in this country. Indeed, by the late 1980s and early 1(...)

  Cathedral Square, Letterkenny. Photograph: Declan Doherty

At a wintry bus-stop in Letterkenny on Friday evening, waiting for McGinley’s 5.45pm service to Dublin, I found myself marvelling at the sheer, sprawl(...)

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss said of Paul O’Connell: “He’s just an icon and a man of great substance. When he spoke he was imposing and it was compelling.” Phptograph: Inpho

Naturally enough, it didn’t take long for Paul O’Connell’s retirement to feature at Ulster’s media day ahead of Friday’s Pro12 meeting with Glasgow Wa(...)

Munster scrum coach Jerry Flannery believes paul o’Connell still has lots to offer rugby. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The manner in which Paul O’Connell turned from being ‘useless enough’ as a teenager into one of the best players in the world is an example to all you(...)

Team mates: Donnacha Ryan and Paul O’Connell on the pitch. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Player, friend, team-mate, educator, motivator and standard-bearer – Donnacha Ryan knew Paul O’Connell in each one of those guises. They rubbed shou(...)