The Laurels cottage in Glenties, the original home of the five Mundy sisters where Brien Friel played as a child and set his play ‘Dancing at Lughnasa. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Donegal cottage that was the setting for Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa is to be preserved and will form eventually the centrepiece of a plann(...)

The Dáil chamber: Photograph: Alan Betson

It is never too late to do the right thing. The Government’s announcement that they will finally implement significant Dáil reform is welcome. For a(...)

“If there’s an actual crossroads anywhere that encapsulates Irish history, it must be the one at Kilmainham Courthouse.”

Whatever else this year of commemorations may bring, I’m grateful for the improved footpaths it has already delivered to part of my Dublin neighbourho(...)

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he regrets saying the church needed a “reality check” following the marriage equality referendum. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he regrets saying the church needed a “reality check” following the marriage equality refer(...)

‘We have allowed our people’s most basic requirement – a place to call home, a place where they can live their lives and bring up their children in security, privacy and safety — to become a debased currency.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The need for a coherent national housing policy has never been greater as we attempt to grapple with the legacy of failure from the past three decades(...)

Marriage is rarely one of true minds, and coalition partnerships are no exception. Invariably these are marriages more of convenience than of convicti(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton responded to comments comparing the Coalition to a “bad marriage” at MacGill Summer School. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton has admitted there have been some tensions between her party and Fine Gael in Government but without impa(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has pulled out of Tuesday’s MacGill SummerSchool event due to a diary clash.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has pulled out of a planned attendance on Tuesday at the MacGill Summer School due to a diary clash. Anti-wat(...)

MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland has confirmed US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley will open the event this summer. Photograph: Eric Luke

The annual MacGill Summer School will take place in Glenties, Co Donegal from Sunday July 19th until Friday July 24th this year.The theme for the even(...)

File photograph: Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery (right) with Enda Kenny,  Phil Hogan and Richard Bruton. Minister for Children James Reilly has said he would welcome Mr Flannery back to the party.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Minister for Children James Reilly has said he “absolutely would welcome” former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery back into the party. Dr Reilly sa(...)