President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina congratulate Pádraig Yeates after he was conferred a degree of Doctor of Literature by the National University of Ireland. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Pádraig Yeates, a historian and former journalist, has been awarded the National University of Ireland’s (NUI) highest degree for his extensive resear(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during an event in the National Gallery, Dublin this month. File photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested the Decade of Centenaries should end in 2024 with events to mark the 75th anniversary of the Republic of Ireland.(...)

John Redmond: died 100 years ago

The Irish parliamentary tradition owes a debt to John Redmond, the Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghail has stated. Redmond was leader of the Irish Parl(...)

 Michael McDowell: has clashed with Minister for Transport Shane Ross publicly.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil proposal to nominate Senator Michael McDowell as chairman of an Oireachtas committee on Seanad reform is being blocked by Mini(...)

The temporary Seanad chamber at Government buildings.  Photograph: Fran Veale

An Oireachtas committee with an eight-month mandate to consider the Manning report on Seanad reform is to be set up, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announ(...)

Peter Sutherland, the former European commissioner, attorney general and chairman of Goldman Sachs International, has died aged 71. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Leading academics, European figures and Irish business executives have reacted with sadness to the death of Peter Sutherland. Mr Sutherland was prai(...)

A meeting in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, to protest against the extension of conscription to Ireland. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images

One hundred years ago the first World War ended and Ireland embarked on a course of action that led rapidly to the independent Irish State. After a re(...)

 Enda Kenny  with first-year students Seán Reynolds and Ellen Healy at NUI Galway where he received an honorary doctorate in laws. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

“Do you like my cap?” beamed Enda Kenny as he stepped out on to NUI Galway’s quadrangle in university robes. Unrelenting Atlantic rain had cleared, a(...)

 Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations with Minister for Culture  Heather Humphreys and Ronan McGreevy, at the launch of the book Centenary in the GPO. Photograph:  Maxwells

How Ireland approaches the commemoration of the Civil War will prove to be a “test of our national maturity”, Dr Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert (...)

Ronan McGreevy, who edited ‘Centenary’, and Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Dave Meehan

How Ireland sets about commemorating the Civil War will prove to be a test of the nation’s maturity, Dr Maurice Manning, chairman of the expert adviso(...)

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