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Joan Freeman, Liadh Ní Riada, Michael D Higgins, Seán Gallagher, Peter Casey and Gavin Duffy. Surely some only marginally-compromised elder statesfolk could have been conjured up to give Higgins some proper competition? Photograph: Tom Honan

Right you shower of bastards, now that Peter Casey is president* things are going to be very different around here. Obviously, we at The Iri(...)

Lissadell House, July 2016: former and sitting TDs (back row) Niamh Bhreathnach, Jan O’Sullivan, Nora Owen, Mary Harney, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Mary Coughlan, Mary Hanafin, Síle de Valera, Heather Humphreys; (front row) Frances Fitzgerald, Gemma Hussey, (Constance Cassidy, host and owner of Lissadell House), Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Mary O’Rourke, Katherine Zappone. Joan Burton was not in attendance; Regina Doherty and Josepha Madigan were appointed senior Ministers in 2017. Photograph: James Connolly

In July 2016, 14 women from different backgrounds attended a dinner party in Co Sligo. The women were members of one of Ireland’s most exclusive clubs(...)

President Michael D  Higgins at Tallaght Stadium. Higgins’s supporters said he would formally launch his campaign on Wednesday.  Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

President Michael D Higgins will not take part in the first presidential election debate this week as he is “constrained” by pre-existing diary commit(...)

Race for Áras an Uachtaráin (top row): Jimmy Smyth, Patrick Feeney, John Groarke, Pádraig Ó Céidigh. Middle row: Kevin Sharkey, Sarah Louise Mulligan, Seán Gallagher, Joan Freeman. Bottom row: Gemma O’Doherty, Gavin Duffy, Sinn Féin’s as-yet-unannounced candidate, President Michael D Higgins

As it gathers momentum, so it gathers participants. The process of nominating candidates for the presidential election has been a background hum to th(...)

Planning for President Higgins’s campaign is at an early stage will only go up a gear towards the end of the month.

President Michael D Higgins is likely to follow the example of same-sex marriage and repeal the eighth advocates as he seeks a second term, say his su(...)

Tesla founder Elon Musk caused an international news sensation when he made vile allegations without any foundation against one of the divers involved in the Thai cave rescue. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

Why is it that some people who become famous for their ability to innovate and invent can also sometimes become famous for other less savoury reasons?(...)

Bluthner boudoir piano at Adams

Anyone passing the window of Adams auctioneers in Blackrock village recently may have been admiring the very smart boudoir grand piano which is to be (...)

President Michael D Higgins. The details of how he will declare his hand are still uncertain. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

For months, President Michael D Higgins has kept his closest friends uncertain. They believed he would seek a second term in Áras an Uachtaráin. They (...)

Then president Éamon de Valera and  Sean Lemass attending the Michael Collins memorial mass in The Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Dublin on June 23rd, 1969. Photograph: Paddy Whelan /The Irish Times

The Lemass tapes, which were recently made public by The Irish Times, were intended to be the former taoiseach’s authorised biography, it has emerged.(...)

A cartoon about Irish neutrality, published in the ‘Evening Standard’ in November 1940. Illustration: David Low

The British government “double-crossed” Ireland during the second World War when it reneged on a promise that Ireland would be able to import the same(...)

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