Vulnerable people should never be used for political purposes, Alice Leahy of Trust, the Dublin voluntary service for rough sleepers, has said. She a(...)

Villa Spada houses the Irish Embassy to the Vatican which was closed as a cost-cutting measure in 2011 before being reopened in 2014

As someone from a Northern Protestant background happily resident in Dublin, I know there is little or no point in trying to persuade my co-religionis(...)

Sarah McSharry enjoys the ambiance on Culture Night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Cities and towns across Ireland came alive as more than 350,000 people gathers to celebrate Culture Night and peek behind closed doors. There were at(...)

 Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses the  Greek Parliament on July 22nd, prior to its approval of  tough new conditions set by European creditors. Photograph: EPA/Yannis Kolesidis

What does the future hold for the euro zone after the abyss of a “Grexit”? Many have predicted the euro “experiment” will end and the era of national (...)

‘The Magna Carta 800 anniversary falls after a decade and a half during which Western governments have introduced legislation to restrict civil liberties, so threatening the fundamental principles that Magna Carta is supposed to have enshrined.’ Above, a rare copy of  Magna Carta which had gone unnoticed for generations but has now been unearthed by researchers.  Photograph:  St John’s College/University of Cambridge/PA

Eight hundred years ago this week, in a meadow by the river Thames near Windsor Castle, one of the most famous documents in world history was born: Ma(...)

The edible flowers of pot marigolds. Photograph: Richard Johnston

The very best gardens are those that feed the mind, body and soul. An example is the pint-sized kitchen roof garden which I spotted on a recent tri(...)

A Royal Mail commemorative stamp from a set marking the 800th anniversary this month of the signing of the Magna Carta in England. Photograph: Royal Mail/PA Wire

An exhibition containing a 14th century copy of the Magna Carta was opened in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral on Thursday evening by the British amba(...)

 Martin Mansergh pictured at an  Easter Rising commemoration in  Arbour Hill in April. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Martin Mansergh, a former Fianna Fáil minister of state and senior adviser to a number of taoisigh, is attempting a Dáil comeback.He will be among the(...)

Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall leave Westminster Abbey after attending a thanksgiving service on Sunday. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Security checks have been carried out on a fishing village in the west in preparation for visit by British royalty.Gardaí have spent recent weeks chec(...)

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson (second from right) with Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin blessing the unveiling of a Homeless Jesus statue at Christ Church Catherdral, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

A new Homeless Jesus sculpture, the first of its kind outside North America, has been unveiled in the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. Th(...)