Peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy arriving at Mill Street Garda station in Galway on July 9th to begin serving her prison sentence. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

An elderly artist and anti-war activist, who was released early from prison this morning, after serving part of a second prison sentence over her oppo(...)

Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Artist and activist Margaretta D’Arcy (80), who is serving a second prison sentence over her opposition to US military use of Shannon Airport, is exp(...)

Victoria Osei and her daughters Perfect and Ama Osei at Cork city’s celebration of Africa Day. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Hundreds of young families, many of them African, celebrated in the grounds of Farmleigh House in Dublin’s Phoenix Park today. Despite intermittent h(...)

Getting Ainm-ated

‘Say you like me hat,” Tom Cruise urged Nicole Kidman after lobbing her into the bath in Far and Away – a flick that saw the wee man brought before(...)

Fine Gael’s Minister of State at the Department of Finance Brian Hayes said last night there was a need for a new direction in the wake of the financial crisis to which Europe had been too slow to respond. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Eight of Dublin’s European election candidates have committed themselves to a five part pledge dealing with a range of issues including child poverty,(...)

The Minister for the Environment said the Government was examining ways to make the agriculture sector carbon neutral. Photograph: Reuters

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has said the Government’s new climate change legislation is “unequivocal” in committing Ireland to all (...)

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, former British prime minister Tony Blair and former South African president Thabo Mbeki arrive  at a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide in Kigali, Rwanda. Photograph: AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Former president Mary Robinson has said the UN did not “cover itself in glory” during the genocide in Rwanda 20 years ago and expressed sadness(...)

Fr Gerry Campbell , with the Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady and Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin

A Catholic priest from the Armagh archdiocese has begun an 85 mile run from the Bann to the Boyne to raise awareness of and funds for Trócaire’s Le(...)

Bishop Noel Treanor: A statement from the bishops’ meeting made no reference to the dispute involving former board chief executive Ian Elliott and Bishop  Treanor of Down and Connor over the review of that diocese, published last December Photograph: McQuillan/ Pacemaker

The Catholic bishops have reaffirmed “their full commitment to the continuing implementation and development of best practice in rela(...)

Margaretta D’Arcy. Prof Michael   O’Flaherty said that while he was not familiar with the details of the court judgment which had resulted in the three-month detention of the peace activist, he hoped that a “compassionate approach” would be taken towards someone who was “elderly and unwell”. Photograph: Eamon Ward

A leading human rights academic has said he is “surprised and disappointed” by Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton’s assertion that trade missions are “n(...)