Poet, novelist and critic  Anthony Cronin has died aged 88. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

The Irish poet, novelist and critic Anthony Cronin has died. He was 88. Cronin was one of the best known cultural commentators in Ireland over the l(...)

John Montague was a poet who gave history a voice, a voice informed by his Northern background and origins. He did so in early poems of remarkable ins(...)

The poet John Montague who has died in France. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The remains of the Irish poet John Montague, who died in Nice early on Saturday, will be flown from Nice to Dublin in the coming days , his widow and (...)

Nicola Sturgeon with her fans: the politicians swarmed around their guest trying to position their phones while simultaneously elbowing colleagues out of the way. Photograph: Maxwells

There was a very touching end to Nicola Sturgeon’s morale-boosting Seanad visit. Starstruck Senators fell over each other as they battled to take se(...)

 A procession walks from the grave side of Seamus Heaney in  Bellaghy through the village to the Turfman  on the first Anniversary of the poet’s death. Photograph: Alan Betson

An environmentalist has won High Court permission to challenge a planned new £160 million (€190 million) road being built through landscape made famou(...)

 Conferred studetns Carolyn O’Neill, Lara Magdalena Szczepaniak, Helen Roland, Jian Ler Ang and Uao De Heng with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has been conferred with a distinguished fellowship award by Griffith College Dublin for his “outstanding cont(...)

Bono: “There is just something in particular about this spec-wearing, doggerel-spouting rock dinosaur that aggravates the masses.” Photograph: Reuters/Danny Moloshok

About a decade ago I hosted a public interview with the film-maker Julien Temple about his Joe Strummer documentary. Obeying article 5 of the EU Rocku(...)

Refugees and migrants wait on a Greek coastguard ship at the port of Mytilene, on the  island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey in February 2016.  Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty

“This is the first case of the kind that has come up before the Dáil. It is a case in which we are charged with a very heavy responsibility, because t(...)

Paul Simon at his office in New York – despite having just turned 75, his creative output is showing no signs of slowing. Photograph: NYT

The voice is slight yet unmistakable, but the mindset remains as firm, if not steely, as it has always been. Paul Simon recently celebrated his 75th (...)

“Modern” is a funny word in Ireland. In other countries, modern implies a straight line of development, from rural to urban, from agricultural to ind(...)