Sandbags are cleared away from Quinns Chemist in Crossmolina after the weekends flood damage. “The irony this week is that many of those generous activists will be councillors. “  Pic:  Michael McLaughlin

We took the twisting, single-lane road through the Conor Pass out of Dingle last weekend. In the pale December light as the storm played itself out, (...)

This poster, to be put on display at Irish airports in the coming days, shows an emigrant arriving back to Ireland for Christmas.

An advertising campaign to encourage emigrants arriving home to Ireland for Christmas to return and work here permanently is to begin in the coming da(...)

A Generation Emigration panel of members of Ireland’s “creative diaspora” heard at Other Voices that attracting emigrants back to Ireland was not dependent on particular initiatives or incentives, but about making Ireland a more attractive place for everyone to live, whether they had left Ireland or not.

Ireland will have to reduce income tax rates if it is serious about encouraging high-earning Irish professionals living abroad to return to Ireland, (...)

President Michael D Higgins presented Nobel Prize-winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award at a special ceremony  at Áras an Uachtaráin last night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

British solicitor and human rights activist Gareth Peirce is among 10 people who have received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. Ms Pei(...)

Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance speaking to media. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Government has announced details of a new capital investment plan for counties Cork and Kerry. Six Government ministers attended an ev(...)

 On a  new summer camp programme, children of the Irish diaspora will  ‘learn about the country’s history and to experience the modern face of Ireland’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Children with Irish connections living in the US will be invited to Ireland next summer to participate in “an orientation course on what it is to be I(...)

Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan with Madeleine Lyes and Liam Kennedy of the UCD Clinton Institute, authors of the Diaspora Toolkit document.

Irish people are world-class diaspora connectors. That is one of the lessons learned from the success of the Gathering in 2012, which illuminated the (...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister for  Finance, Arlene Foster, defended the DUP’s use of a “petition of concern” to block marriage equality. Photograph: Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The days of dying for Ireland are over, and so are the days of never, never, never. So much so that fewer than 40 per cent of people polled in the Rep(...)

Political parties will lose half their funding unless 30% of their general election candidates are female. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A Fianna Fáil activist has initiated legal action challenging the State’s new electoral laws on gender quotas after being excluded from a selection(...)

Clare Daly: Independent TD said a delegation of TDs had requested permission to visit Portlaoise. She said they had been waiting for a reply for months. Photograph: Fergal Phillips.

Authorities in Portlaoise Prison have ignored requests from a delegation of TDs to visit the facility, refusing to answer letters and leaving them t(...)