Sabina Higgins  speaks at the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s 1916 centenary ‘soapbox’  in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Repealing the Eighth Amendment, which gives effect to the State’s abortion ban, was a major theme of a “soapbox” event organised by the National Women(...)

The president has the discretion to refuse to dissolve the Dáil where the taoiseach has ceased to retain the support of a majority. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Being president of Ireland is an unusual job. Candidates need to be political animals – it would be rather difficult to be elected to the office other(...)

Joan Ross  President of the Claddagh Association, Perth, Australia When police in Perth contacted the local Irish club after finding a dead ho(...)

Migrants and refugees stage a protest as demolition continues at the Calais migrant camp, known as the “Jungle”, in northern France. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Riot police outnumber the labourers they protect while the orange-coated workmen demolish “the Jungle” in Calais. The police wear transparent, disposa(...)

France’s labour minister, Myriam El Khomri, who will  defend the new labour law  in the National Assembly in April and in the Senate in May. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

The draft law on reforming the French labour code, which was presented to the Council of State this week, is the most courageous reform attempted by (...)

President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The decision by President Michael D Higgins to sign the International Protection Bill (on immigration procedures) into law without referring it to the(...)

France’s prime minister Manuel Valls says the country’s state of emergency will continue “as long as necessary”. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

The number of people in France reported to have become radical Muslims has nearly doubled over the past 11 months, from 4,590 to 8,250, according to a(...)

 President Michael D Higgins:  Central to what he describes as his “presidency of ideas” is a desire to challenge, to provoke, to question assumptions and orthodoxies. Photograph: Frank Miller

The role of president is rich in ambiguity. The Constitution lays down some things the holder of the office must do (appoint the taoiseach and governm(...)

A migrant woman and a toddler wait for a bus at a transit camp in the southern Serbian town of Presevo on January 9th, 2016. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Refugees entering Ireland are subjected to robust screening, Tánaiste Joan Burton has insisted. The State has committed to accepting 4,000 refugees o(...)

The Rossport five: Michael Ó Seighin, Brendan Philbin, Willie Corduff, Vincent McGrath and Philip McGrath leaving the Four Courts after being released from prison in 2005.

As gas is flared into the skies above north Mayo, it is worth reflecting on a project that has been one of modern Ireland’s greatest scandals, a stunn(...)