President Michael D Higgins said the fears and aspirations of those trapped in chronic job insecurity must be addressed  during his Edward Phelan lecture at RCSI. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Large swathes of the active populations of European countries are trapped in chronic job insecurity and their fears and aspirations need to be address(...)

Frank Prendergast TD (Labour) at the New Ireland Forum  in May 1983. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins was among those who attended the funeral in Limerick on Monday of former Labour TD Frank Prendergast. The 81-ye(...)

Gay Switchboard Ireland director Maria Keogh and Senator David Norris, who recalls: “[Volunteers] had to have the capacity to listen and to engage.”

“Too often we underestimate the power of a listening ear. It has the potential to turn a life around.” So says a message on Gay Switchboard Ireland’s (...)

 President  Michael D Higgins addressing the gender equality conference A Woman’s Place is in the World!  Mr Higgins told the conference he had accepted an invitation from the UN to join its HeforShe campaign. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has accepted a United Nations invitation to be a global champion for the rights of women and girls. Addressing a conferenc(...)

The death has taken place of former Labour Party TD and mayor of Limerick Frank Prendergast at the age of 81.  Photograph: Pat Langan

President Michael D. Higgins has paid tribute to former Labour Party TD and mayor of Limerick Frank Prendergast who has died at the age of 81.Mr Prend(...)

A rally in support of the jailed protesters will be held in Dublin today, Friday, and is expected to draw thousands of people. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 0:57

The jailing of five water protesters for defying a court order has been portrayed as a “political act” by a leading figure in the anti-water charge(...)

Brigid Redmond, from Walkinstown, Dublin 12, has cared for her son Dermot who has special needs for more than 50 years. Photograph: The Irish Times

Portions of Brigid Redmond’s life are so poignant it’s hard to see how she musters the relentless positivity.Each distressing story is quickly suffixe(...)

In a word

You may recall how, on his visit to Stratford last April, President Michael D Higgins cleared up one Shakespearean mystery. He recalled how in Henry I(...)

The President said his poem was influenced by the flight of people from northern Iraq and those in flight from the Syrian conflict. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

President Michael D Higgins has released the text of the only poem he has written since assuming office in 2011. The Prophets are Weeping with its ref(...)

Taoisach Enda Kenny: had indicated that he would liked to see Queen Elizabeth visit Ireland as part of the events surrounding the 1916 commemoration. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Government has said it is now “extremely unlikely” a member of the British royal family will attend the 100th anniversary commemorations of the(...)