Famine walkers on the final few steps of their 155km Famine re-enactment walk from Roscommon to the Jeanie Johnston in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

As they began the 155 km Famine commemorative walk from Strokestown, Co Roscommon to Dublin last weekend, participants’ thoughts turned to migrants d(...)

The proposed amendment to Article 41 is the insertion of the line: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

What are we voting on? On Friday, May 22nd, voters will be asked whether the Constitution should be changed so as to extend civil marriage right(...)

Claire Keaveney, divisional executive committee, and Harold Hislop, Chief Inspector, Department of Education and Skills, at the Impact education division conference at the Clayton Hotel in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Government’s “one size fits all” JobBridge programme “needs to be dissolved”, a report for Impact’s education division has recommended.The report (...)

Eoin Carley at the Paris Observatory

Postgraduate qualifications in a word: research. Postgrads are all about specialist thinking, of looking at the world in new ways, and figuring out(...)

Called to the bar in 1966 and to the inner bar in 1980, Mr Justice Carney   is the presiding judge of the Central Criminal Court. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s most senior criminal law judge Mr Justice Paul Carney will retire from the bench next month following almost a quarter of a century in the (...)

That rising economic tides do not lift all boats is well recognised. Research presented at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) conferenc(...)

David McWilliams speaking before the Oireachtas banking inquiry, February 26th, 2015. 4:18

The Irish property crash and resulting banking crisis were both predictable and preventable, economist David McWilliams told the Oireachtas Banking In(...)

Overall, death rates have been falling for over half a century, but the rate of improvement across social groups varied greatly during the boom, Prof Richard Layte of the ESRI said. Photograph: Getty Images

Death rates in the most deprived parts of the State are up to six times higher than in more affluent areas, a conference on health inequalities has he(...)

Prof Gregory Connor of the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting at NUI Maynooth speaking before the Oireachtas banking inquiry, February 25th, 2015

Accountancy standards have not changed since 2008 and the same conclusions would be arrived at if they were used to examine Anglo Irish Bank today, th(...)

The ESRI research adds to the science supporting further measures to reduce alcohol consumption, by marking the role played by digestive diseases (notably cirrhosis caused by excess drinking) in the mortality rates between rich and poor. Photograph: The Irish Times

Many of the fruits of the Celtic Tiger era may be gone, frittered away or shrunken in value, but growing life expectancy stands as one of the few last(...)