Pope Francis and President Michael D Higgins at ease meeting in the Vatican. Photograph: Maxwells

An advantage of being “spiritual” rather than religious, as President Michael D Higgins described himself during his election campaign in 2011, is tha(...)

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick has stepped down from the  board planning the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital.  File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Plans to relocate the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) to a religious-owned site at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin have suffered a fresh (...)

  Browne at his home in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Thirty years ago, the autobiography of a complex and controversial Irish politician was published – to acclaim in some quarters and horror in others. (...)

The national anthem is played ahead of the drawn All-Ireland football final in September. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Imagine, so, the scene across Mayo on Friday morning, the last sun of September not fully risen over the gridlocked commuter sprawl of the Bangor-Erri(...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace said mental health was the health issue raised most during the election campaign in his constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has ruled out making individual constituency deals with TDs for the provision of health services. “I would not be p(...)

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail – are stating their positions and their policies in language which avoids, like the plague, the shorthand words that have been traditionally, and correctly, used to express the ideological divide in democratic politics: left and right. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Now that the starting gun has been officially fired for the 2016 general election, two significant trends have emerged which, taken together, indicate(...)

Michael D Higgins with  Dr Noël  Browne  during a canvass at Eyre Square in Galway in February 1987. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When former minister for health Dr Noël Browne was buried in the sandy soil overlooking the Atlantic in south Connemara in May 1997, neighbours from B(...)

Dr Noel Browne, who died in 1997, at his home in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

SOCIALIST politician and health reformer Dr Noël Browne was both “mesmerising” and “infuriating”, and an “inveterate individualist”, a conference ma(...)

File photograph of Independent Senator David Norris. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has said that gay cousins should be allowed to marry each other following the same-sex marriage referendum. “It would(...)

Det Insp Noel Browne  shows some of the  items of jewellery recovered by gardaí as part of Operation Fiacla. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

More than 1,000 pieces of jewellery, including items worth up to €4,000, have been seized by gardaí as part of Operation Fiacla, targeting groups invo(...)