Gerry Adams, re-enactor Jim Roche, Martin McGuinness and Mary Lou McDonald at the Sinn Féin launch of their 1916 Commemoration Plans. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin has launched an alternative Easter Rising programme to the State events for next year’s centenary commemorations. Sinn Féin President Gerry (...)

Affection for Fifa President Joseph S. Blatter stems from the generous financial assistance he has given Africa during his 17-year tenure. Photograph: Dmitry Lovetsky/AP

African countries will vote overwhelmingly for Sepp Blatter in this year’s FIFA elections, senior officials said on Tuesday.“Africa is solidly behind (...)

 John O’Shea starting one of the Goal Mile runs at  Leopardstown race course on Christmas Day. Photograph: Alan Betson

Noel Carroll always said the day you’re too busy to go for a run is the day you’re too busy. And in saying that he definitely meant Christmas Day, to(...)

A robbery at a Co Westmeath charity shop is being investigated by gardaí.

A robbery at a Co Westmeath charity shop is being investigated by gardaí.The culprits broke through two fortified doors and a security gate to force t(...)

Joseph Rodgers, left, and Mick Fleming taking the plunge at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Dublin on Christmas morning for the annual Christmas Day Swim. Photograph:  Frank Miller

For the kids Organise your own grotto and raise money for a charity of your choice. It’s a lot easier than it sounds and after an initial outla(...)

‘Last month I reported on President Michael D Higgins’s visit to Africa. For this occasionally jaundiced Irishman it was a heartening experience. So much of the best in our people is daily experience there. Meeting Irish missionaries and compatriots with NGOs felt like something of a rejuvenation.’ Above,  President Michael D Higgins at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in  Addis Ababa where he  delivered the keynote address on the fourth day of his  official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

It’s the season of goodwill, so let’s attempt it. That honest Staffordshire man Dr Samuel Johnson once said “the Irish are a fair people: they never s(...)

Soccer player Stephanie Roche of Peamount United, who is shortlisted for Fifa’s Puskas Goal of the Year Award,  was joint winner of the Sportswoman of the Month Award for November. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It’s hard to believe that we’re already approaching the end of 2014 when it seems like a wet week since it started. But it’s trickier still to accept(...)

People move to safer ground in the town of Marabot, Samar island, Philippines, 6th December 2014, ahead of Typhoon Hagupit. Photograph: EPA/Francis R. Malasig

Irish charities Plan Ireland and GOAL are preparing response efforts in the Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit is predicted to make landfall on Saturday.O(...)

Minister of State  for Overseas Development Aid Seán Sherlock, Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan and Erik Solheim of the OECD at the launch of a review of Ireland’s aid programme  at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Government has been urged to set a date for fulfilling a pledge to allocate 0.7 per cent of gross national product (GNP) to overseas developmen(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina are continuing their official   visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins has warmly welcomed the Government decision to send three members of the Defence Forces to assist in the fight against Eb(...)