Recent arrivals have been able to link in with long-established Irish communities via technology  rather than in the local Irish pub

In their working paper for a proposed “strategy for the Irish diaspora” in 2008, National University of Ireland researchers Mark Boyle and Rob (...)

President Michael D Higgins begins inspection of Captains Guard with General O’Giollain at the beginning of the Famine Commemoration ceremony in Kilrush Co Clare today. Photograph:  Arthur Ellis

The sixth annual National Famine Commemoration Ceremony took place today in Kilrush, Co Clare, a town that lost as much as half it’s population(...)

“If a publicly-funded body like Mabs was in the driving seat, the Government could not pretend it was unaware of the human cost of the austerity measures it is enforcing.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It is frightening to see that in relation to debt and insolvency, we are reaching for the same kind of “solutions” that got people into trouble(...)

Former Irish president Mary Robinson and former US president Jimmy Carter. Photograph: Jeff Moore/The Elders

It began with a conversation between British tycoon Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel as they flew home after a fundraising concert for a (...)

Demonstrators  against austerity in Paris at the weekend. They also called for the establishment of a  “sixth republic” with a new constitution for France. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The last couple of weeks have seen an intensification of the so-called austerity debate. President Michael D Higgins, in widely publicised inte(...)

President Michael D Higgins was saying the current ethos of the EU project, founded on the idea that markets know best, irrespective of the social cost, is an abomination.  Photograph: Frank Miller

There was nothing Michael D Higgins said to the European Parliament or in his interview with the Financial Times (...)

Ibec chief executive  Danny McCoy: “We can take our foot off the brakes a bit”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The employers group Ibec has added its voice to those calling for an easing up on austerity, urging the Government to a(...)

The Seanad chamber. “We need more originality of thinking, not less; more democracy, not less; more accountability by those in power, not less.” Photograph: Alan Betson

President Michael D Higgins has demonstrated the importance of a plurality of opinion at times of crisis. It is limiting and dangerous to have (...)

President Michael D Higgins has insisted he enjoys a good working relationship with the Government. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has dismissed any suggestion of conflict between himself and the Government over an interview he gave last week in (...)

 President Michael D Higgins said Europe faced a “moral crisis” and called on European leaders to undertake a radical rethink about how they are handling the economic crisis. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

President Michael D Higgins’s forthright criticism of the European Union’s response to the financial crisis represents a direct intervention in(...)