Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull may face a backlash as a result of his proposed immigration reforms. Photograph: Getty Images

The announcement that a new maternity hospital in Dublin may be managed by a religious order is generating much disquiet in Ireland; but here in secul(...)

Arts archive: Carmel O’Sullivan of UCD Library; Prof Andrew Deeks, UCD president; and Brendan Flynn, founder of the Clifden Arts Festival.  Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Extensive film and audio recordings of poets Seamus Heaney, Paula Meehan and Moya Cannon and musicians Christy Moore and Bill Whelan form part of a C(...)

Francis Kenneally, Central Stores, Kanturk. “I don’t think it really has picked up at all, to be honest.” Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The shop seems dusty and unfrequented. Outside, Friday afternoon traffic makes its way through Kanturk in the constituency of Cork North-Wes(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden speaking in Australia on Tuesday. In 1987, the then Delaware senator was accused of plagiarising a speech by British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock, a huge embarrassment that helped scupper his presidential campaign. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican convention bore more than a passing resemblance to that delivered by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic co(...)

Gearóid Lynch, chef-proprietor of The Olde Post Inn, in Butlersbridge, Co Cavan, has written his first cookery book, and it’s a book of gluten-free recipes. Photograph: Joanne Murphy

There is a special merit in the experience and advice of people who have found themselves in a health crisis and have managed to come out the other s(...)

Guess who’s cooking dinner? Fifteen of Ireland’s top chefs are swapping kitchens  and tickets have just gone on sale

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to dine on roast quail and chateaubriand in the rarified surroundings of Le Coq Hardi, former taoiseach Char(...)

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and Siptu president Jack O’Connor examine the Dublin Metropolitan Police “prisoners books”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The three large leather-bound ledgers, covered in dust and cobwebs, were found in an attic of a house on Stiles Road in Clontarf. Each one was identif(...)

A policeman holding a military type shotgun, one of 4,500 guns on display in Sydney in  1997 before being melted down. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

In the continuing debate over how to stop mass killings in the United States, Australia has become a familiar touchstone. President Barack Obama has c(...)

Marise Payne, Australia’s new defence minister, at a Cabinet meeting in Canberra, Australia, on Monday, September 21st, 2015.  Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Australia on Monday swore in its first female defence minister, Senator Marise Payne, who will oversee the country’s role in open-ended military engag(...)

Malcolm Turnbull, sworn in as Australia’s sixth PM in eight years, has pledge to revitalise an economy battered by the slowdown in China. Photograph: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

When he was 21, Malcolm Bligh Turnbull told friends he wanted to be prime minister one day. It took him another 39 years, but he finally got there on (...)