The speed with which liquidators took over Charleville Credit Union caused shock in the north Co Cork town. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

It was around noon last Friday that the liquidators and their staff arrived at the offices of Charleville Credit Union in the north Co Cork town. It t(...)

 Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations with Minister for Culture  Heather Humphreys and Ronan McGreevy, at the launch of the book Centenary in the GPO. Photograph:  Maxwells

How Ireland approaches the commemoration of the Civil War will prove to be a “test of our national maturity”, Dr Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert (...)

A demonstrator waves a Catalan separatist flag in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

In seeking to smash the ballot boxes and the voters in last Sunday’s referendum on independence for Catalonia, the Spanish authorities inevitably scor(...)

File image of Liam Cosgrave jnr at Leinster House for a special Seanad debate. File photograph: Paddy Whelan

The Cosgrave family’s involvement in national politics – which stretches back to the foundation of the State – ended in 2002 when Liam Cosgrave jnr, s(...)

President Michael D Higgins visits the under 40 horse plough competition on the opening day of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Isn’t it sweet the way Michael D Higgins goes all coy and bashful when asked if he fancies a second term as President? On Tuesday at the Ploughing Ch(...)

 President Michael D Higgins pictured with William O’Connell from Macroom, Cork, at the under 40 horse plough competition on the opening day of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Agency

Hugh Linehan is joined by Harry McGee and Fiach Kelly to discuss everything and anything on the political agenda this week. It includes pre-budget s(...)

A photograph of Shane “Jack” Watson outside Leinster House, before details of his past became public. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Last Tuesday framed photographs of Shane “Jack” Watson and Danielle Carroll sat on a ledge outside a shop on Suffolk Street, in the middle of Dublin, (...)

‘Jack’ Howlett-Watson was found unconscious on a Dublin city centre street. He was later pronounced dead. Photograph: Geza Oravecz

Emergency rough-sleeper beds which have been closed since April must be “reopened urgently” following the death of man sleeping on a Dublin street, a (...)

Cork's Murphy's Brewery is just one of the historic buildings that will open to the public as part of the 23th Cork Open Heritage Day

Rebel rousing On Saturday, August 19th, Cork city flings open the doors to some of its most historic buildings. As part of the 13th Annual Cork Herit(...)

The alliance of environmental groups has  called for   coal-burning at Moneypoint power station to stop by 2022,  much sooner than is planned. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

The Citizens’ Assembly should call for a referendum to give a constitutional right to environmental protection to the people of Ireland, according to(...)