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Martin McGuinness has not said when he will stand down from his position as the effective Sinn Féin leader in the North and Deputy First Minister.  Photograph: Getty

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has confirmed that he and party leader Gerry Adams have a plan on how the party will transition to a new leadership over(...)

Jacinta O’Donnell and Geraldine Flanagan married in July and stepped down from leadership positions in the St Michael’s Parish  Church choirs in Athy due to what they described as pressure by Anthony Murphy. Image: Google Streetview

A married lesbian couple who felt pressured to stand down from choir and Minister of the Eucharist roles in the Catholic parish of Athy, Co Kildare, a(...)

Increased interest: Fethard-on-Sea in Co Wexford. Photograph: Chris Hill

After a 45 per cent increase in transactions in 2014, there was only a modest rise in sales activity for Wexford last year, up just 4.5 per cent. T(...)

You’re probably familiar with the slow-living bible Kinfolk (kinfolk.com), and the engagingly brash style of Lucky Peach magazine (luckypeach.com), b(...)

‘Adams has enjoyed an unchallenged tenure at the top of the Sinn Féin of a duration once seen only in newly established African democracies.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A nationalist Twitter user in Turkey recently suggested that perhaps the best way to discredit the iconic and currently imprisoned Abdullah Öcalan, f(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: ‘So far there has been a willingness to keep channels open and to engage - I think the tone has been good’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said the issue of Irish Water must be addressed in advance of the formation of any government if it is to have a(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the 2016 party ardfheis  in Dublin. Mr Adams has been the party’s leader for three decades now - and counting. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The queen reached a landmark birthday during the week when she turned 90. Here, we have our own equivalent of a very long, uninterrupted reign. It’s(...)

 Marta Turalska from Newcastle West,  Limerick, holds her winning picture, My Grandma With Grape,  in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A Limerick student’s portrait of her grape-eating granny was on Tuesday announced as the winner of the Texaco Children’s Art Competition 2016. The (...)

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin have only three options: a minority government, some form of coalition or partnership or another election.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny was not expected to make a play for a grand coalition quite so soon in his first engagement with his Fianna Fáil counterpa(...)

 Aoibheann McNamara in front of artwork by artist Joana Astolfi at her home in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Donegal woman Aoibheann McNamara is the proprietor of the Ard Bia restaurant at Nimmos in Galway, and she is into slow food and slow fashion. She bega(...)

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