Rev Frederick O’Neill and his wife Mrs Annie O’Neill (nee Wilson)  outside their home in Faku in China in the 1930s. Photograph: Marion Young

“At times I gave gifts to local rulers or kings, over and above what I paid to their sons who travelled with me. Despite this, they took me and my com(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh visiting the National Parents’ Council Post Primary helpline in Croke Park, alongside  Beatrice Dooley, president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/ The Irish Times

Families who cannot afford to send their children to university should consider more affordable options in regional colleges, Minister for Education J(...)

Civil rights campaigner Dermie McClenaghan. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

It is difficult to talk about the Battle of the Bogside without talking about what had happened prior to it. People’s Democracy was a group of studen(...)

Nine-year-old Patrick Rooney was  the first child to be killed in the Troubles in Belfast in 1969. Pictured are his  brother Con Rooney and mother Alice  at there home in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the opening days of the Troubles. Here Susan McKay starts a week-long series of articles where she looks backs(...)

Metal cables and  the Samson crane at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.  It is  remarkable that the business, which once employed more than 30,000 people but has not built a ship since 2003, survived this long.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Harland & Wolff (H&W) going into administration is being billed as a symbol of the end of the super-employer era in Northern Ireland. It is a(...)

Chef Antoinette Ceelan in her kitchen at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan, Tyrone Guthrie Centre

Driving to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, near Newbliss, on one of the hottest days of summer, I have slightly lost my way among the hazy, luscious drumli(...)

Chris Grant in A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe.  Photograph: Loretta Hurson

It’s a typical summer day in Belfast; leaden skies, thick cloud, heavy drizzle. But when we meet in CS Lewis Square on the city’s revitalised east sid(...)

Trifol chief executive Daire Gilmore  with Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan and Patrick Alley, founder and chairman of Trifol. Photograph: Julien Behal

The world’s first facility to convert plastic waste into wax has opened in Co Laois following a €12 million investment by backers including Dublin inv(...)

A lack or denial of autonomy is one of the most common underlying causes of workplace conflict

One in four Irish employers experiences a workplace dispute each year. That’s according to data from the Adare Human Resource Management HR Barometer.(...)

“In comparison with the rest of Europe, Irish people are still far more religious.” Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

At a recent Irish Association conference, Belief in the Future: Religion and Changing Identity, Rev Prof Anne Lodge, director of the Church of Ireland(...)

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