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Deputy leader of the Labour Party  Barry Desmond (right) with party leader  Dick Spring, in 1987. Mr Desmond, who represented Dún Laoghaire, recalls being denounced by priests from the altar. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The late Fine Gael taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald was “ politically railroaded’’ by Fianna Fáil’s Charles Haughey into agreeing to the controversial 1(...)

If  Romney wins the Senate race, it could set him up for a direct collision with Trump, with whom he has publicly sparred. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a frequent critic of president Donald Trump, announced on Friday he would run for a US Senate se(...)

Students react following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a city about 80 kilometers north of Miami, on Wednesday. Photograph: Michele Eve Sandberg/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a grisly sequence that now seems unsettlingly familiar. On Wednesday afternoon, a 19-year-old armed with a semi-automatic rifle marched into his (...)

Sigmund Freud: Vincent MacNamara was associated with Eckhart House which offered courses in psycho-synthesis, a methodology which aimed to provide a spiritual overlay to the work of Freud.

“One of the attractions of psychotherapy for people is that it provides a space where they feel listened to and accepted. They are allowed to tell the(...)

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy said: “There is a world of difference between Irish Water’s plan for charges and their actual implementation. Water charges remain politically completely toxic.” File photograph: Getty Images

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy has said the introduction of excess water charges starting from next year could lead to a reintroduction of water charges in(...)

Bishop John McAreavey (pictured): Actions of Malachy Finnegan were ‘abhorrent, inexcusable and indefensible’

Catholic Bishop of Dromore John McAreavey has apologised for saying the funeral Mass in 2002 for abuser priest Fr Malachy Finnegan, a former president(...)

Fr Patrick Banville said he had “made it abundantly clear that for Confirmation families, participation in Sunday Eucharist is not optional, it’s absolutely essential”

A public meeting has been called by a priest in Co Wexford to discuss non-attendance at Mass by parents whose children are due to be confirmed this ye(...)

US president Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of   Congress in Washington on Tuesday night. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

US president Donald Trump pledged to make America great “for all Americans” in his inaugural State of the Union address, though he failed to offer sub(...)

The funeral cortege for Derek Coakley-Hutch makes it way to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Mourners at the funeral of the latest victim of the Kinahan-Hutch feud heard that a family was under attack “not a cartel”. Hundreds of people filled(...)

US president Donald Trump: is expected to strike a conciliatory tone in his state of the union speech, focusing on tax reform, immigration and infrastructure plans. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/ Getty

President Donald Trump promises a “big speech, an important speech” when he addresses a joint session of the United States Congress on Tuesday night.(...)

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