President Michael D Higgins. His election to a second term or replacement by a rival will exert influence on when the next general election will be held. Photograph: Leonardo Munoz/EPA

Politicians and their strategists traditionally spend late August and early September brushing up on their election preparations and recalibrating the(...)

Witnesses claim a man went into cardiac arrest at University Hospital Galway after falling. Photograph: The Irish Times

University Hospital Galway (UHG) has defended its response in a case where a patient collapsed and hit his head last week while awaiting treatment at (...)

“Nice pace – shame about the maple leaf socks.” Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar jogging in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: PA Wire

We are living through a golden period of Canadian-Irish relations, if we are to take the level of engagement between the two governments at face value(...)

Figure of 50,00 has been stated by the Government and Irish-American immigration campaigners “without a shred of evidence to support it”

The original estimate of 50,000 “undocumented” Irish living in the United States, long cited by the Government, was “pure invention”, an academic spec(...)

Hillary Clinton, when she was US secretary of state, proposed integrating women and girls into everything her department did. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

There’s a type of foreign policy dilemma that diplomats frame as follows: should we do what’s morally right and makes us feel good about ourselves, or(...)

John Deasy: the new Government envoy for the undocumented Irish in the US estimated this week that the number of people in question was closer to 10,000 – significantly lower than previous estimates. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Regardless of whether the number of Irish living illegally in the United States is 50,000, as campaigners for the “undocumented” have argued for years(...)

Ella Rose Gavin helping the magician from Martas Magic Show at Hope Fest. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For a few hours on Wednesday, the island on Killarney Street in Dublin’s north inner city is transformed into the sort of place people who live there (...)

Publisher Niall O’Dowd: said Government envoy John Deasy’s numbers for the undocumented Irish in the US were incorrect. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government’s new estimate that there are close to 10,000 Irish living illegally in the US – down from 50,000 – has been supported by a Washington-(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Queen’s University in Belfast last week on his first visit to Northern Ireland. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The first significant deadline in the Brexit negotiations is fast approaching, but key players are increasingly sceptical about their ability to meet (...)

Leo Varadkar: “If they can’t come up with solutions, well then maybe they might talk about mine”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sought to advance the political debate on Brexit in Northern Ireland after he proposed a number of “practical solutions” to(...)