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 President Michael D Higgins pictured with the Clarecastle Ballyea Choir at Áras an Uachtaráin for  the switching on of the Christmas tree lights. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hundreds of people gathered at Áras an Uachtaráin to witness the annual Christmas tree lighting hosted by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sab(...)

Former chief justice  Mr Justice Thomas Finlay  at Áras an Uachtaráin in 1992. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to former chief justice, Mr Thomas Finlay, who has died aged 95. Mr Higgins said on Sunday he had learn(...)

Mia Farrell from Bluebell in Dublin demonstrating toys with presenter Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Andres Poveda

For anybody unfamiliar with The Late Late Toy Show – which is to say, anyone who has severed all diplomatic and cultural ties to Ireland – it can be h(...)

Prof William Campbell at Trinity College Dublin this week, pictured with his original dissection kit from his time as an undergraduate student at the university. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Turning children on to science early is William C Campbell’s formula for a wondrous life. Arming them with an understanding of logic also comes in use(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Ministers  Heather Humphreys and Josepha Madigan at Government Buildings on Wednesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made a number of minor changes to the Cabinet yesterday including the appointment of Simon Coveney as Tánaiste. Mr Varadkar wa(...)

Pierre Krähenbühl, UNWRA commissioner general: “I hear confirmation of the two-state solution but there is no decisive action. I feel more can be done to bring about a solution.”

UNRWA commissioner general Pierre Krähenbühl has begun a two-day visit to Ireland to exchange views with senior figures on the situation in the Middle(...)

Joe Costello: in seeking an extra TD in his Dublin Central consistency, he is raising potential constitutional  problems. Photograph: Collins Courts

A High Court action being taken by former Labour Party TD Joe Costello seeking to increase the number of members in the next Dáil has little chance of(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is seen on Monday at the funeral of former TD Donal Creed in Cork on Monday. Mr Varadkar will resume talks on Monday with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in a bid to avoid a general election. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will meet this afternoon in an attempt to avert a pre-Christmas general election t(...)

Flooding from the River Owenass on the Manor Road in Mountmellick, Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Residents in Mountmellick have spoken about how flood waters deluged their homes very quickly following torrential rain on Wednesday. The occupants o(...)

President Michael D Higgins delivers the keynote address at the Social Justice Ireland Policy Conference in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government needs to “face up to the challenge” of the housing crisis and intervene more assertively in the market, President Michael D Higgins has(...)

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