Martin McGuinness: “He helped bring an end to the longest-running political dispute in the history of the western world. After decades and against great odds, we saw the gun permanently taken out of Irish politics,” said Congressman Richard Neal. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Friends, family and members of Congress gathered in the early-morning sunshine in Washington DC on Tuesday as the US political community paid tribute (...)

John Bruton follows in the footsteps of former president Mary McAleese who gave last year’s address. Photograph: David Sleator

Former taoiseach John Bruton has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at this year’s Daniel O’Connell Summer School in Co Kerry. Director of the Dan(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for  Rural  Affairs Heather Humphreys  and Minister Dennis Naughton at the launch of the Action Plan for Regional Development : would the Government not be better with a more compact, and so more realistic, plan?  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reading the action plan for rural development launched during the week under the title Realising Our Rural Potential, I was reminded of the Mayo journ(...)

Unmarked graves of Irish miners who died who died during the Colorado silver rush of 1877-90

A good place to start was where people were buried. Historian Jim Walsh began his research about 13 years ago and, intent on finding out more about th(...)

Even the briefest conversation with Paul O’Connell can be educational. He might, if you’re lucky, mention Bill Walsh. Perhaps the greatest NFL coach o(...)

 Pictured  with 4 day old baby Molly, are Enterprise Equity partner Frank Walsh, Partner,  SOSventures European Investment Partner Bill Liao, Metabolomic Diagnostics chief executive Charles Garvey and Prof. Louise Kenny, consultant obstetrician and director of the INFANT Centre.

Irish biotech company Metabolomic Diagnostics has secured an additional $2 million in venture funding to help complete its new screening test for firs(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. In 2011 Senators resisted his attempts to get long-standing Senators to stand down

The prospect of a minority government failing to control the new Seanad could influence Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to consider a coalition deal, source(...)

Boxer Katie Taylor: Olympic champion is due to address the I Wish conference in Cork, which aims to encourage more women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dublin City University will host its second annual business matchmaker next week, but this Wednesday is the last day to register. More than 150 peopl(...)

Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik described retiring Senator Feargal Quinn as “a model for us in terms of his activity and immense contribution to the Seanad over those years”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Seanad adjourned indefinitely after tributes were paid to retiring Senators and voters were praised for retaining the Upper House in the referend(...)

Senator Jim Walsh (FF): “In circumstances where a [deceased] baby like that has not been taken from the [late] mother during an autopsy, families might still wish to have that unborn baby recognised in its own right as an individual.’’

An unborn child who dies in a car crash should be recognised as an individual, Fianna Fáil Senator Jim Walsh has said. He said an unborn baby who die(...)