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Members of the media and police officers surround a vehicle carrying John Clancey after his arrest on Wednesday during an apparent crackdown on pro-democracy figures. Photograph: Chan Long Hei/Bloomberg.

Hong Kong police have arrested 53 pro-democracy politicians in one of the biggest purges of the city’s opposition since Beijing imposed a tough new na(...)

 Card payment only signage at the Oliver Bonas store in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Has it happened to you yet? You’re in a shop, but realise you’ve forgotten your card, or your phone, or however you tend to pay these days. There’s a (...)

 Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters arriving at the Four Courts. Photograph: Alan Betson

The new year in the Four Courts will see some key judgments, including one which publicans hope will aid their survival rather than mean closing time,(...)

There has been mixed news on the vaccine front. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Back to full-blown Level 5 then? And earlier than we thought. Why is it happening now? An emergency Cabinet meeting was held on Wednesday evening, w(...)

Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell: to be the new Archbishop of Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The announcement that Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell (66) is to be the new Archbishop of Dublin will come as no great surprise to many priests in the(...)

Msgr Tom Stack with former president Mary McAleese, Dr Martin McAleese and Archbishop Diarmiud Martin, in 2008. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The death has taken place of Msgr Tom Stack, former parish priest at Milltown in Dublin, regular contributor to The Irish Times and frequent guest on (...)

US House speaker Nancy Pelosi  and Senator Patrick Leahy, right, walk to the House Chamber on Monday. The House was poised to vote  on legislation that combines pandemic relief with a Bill to fund government operations. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/ Bloomberg

The US House of Representatives was set to approve an increase in stimulus payments to a majority of Americans, in a vote to add to the impact of this(...)

Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said people are feeling fear, weariness and uncertainty during the Covid-19 pandemic. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Covid-19 has left people feeling “uncertainty about the future, weariness with the ongoing restrictions” and fear “with talk of new waves and new vari(...)

 Ian O’Riordan running with his dad, former Olympic runner Tom O’Riordan, in his early athletics days.

Ask anyone with a fancy degree in these matters what is the single most important factor in becoming joyous with what you do in your life and the answ(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin:  Perhaps at some stage in the day people should make a brief prayerful visit to the crib. File photograph: The Irish Times

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said vulnerable people should be strongly encouraged not to attend church at Christmas. “It may wel(...)

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