Retired judge Sir Patrick Coghlin will chair  inquiry into the RHI scheme. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Retired judge Sir Patrick Coghlin is to chair a public inquiry into the so-called “cash for ash” scheme. Northern Ireland Minister for Finance Máirtí(...)

Prof Ronan Fanning: Had a low tolerance for mediocrity. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The death of Ronan Fanning, a member of the Royal Irish Academy, professor emeritus of Modern History at University College Dublin and former presiden(...)

Children in Ireland begin formal lessons – and up to 11 subjects – from the moment they start primary school at age four or five. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ever since Finland developed a reputation as Europe’s education powerhouse, it has become a source of fascination among policy-makers. It doesn’t st(...)

Harte scans the horizon for a herd: “There’s very little infrastructure there – we have to bring in our own water. But it’s funny how little you really need to be totally comfortable and happy.”

David Attenborough has a lot to answer for. I don’t even own a kitten, and yet I struggled to get through an episode of Planet Earth – which complete(...)

Sr Mary Dolores Sweeney runs St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired in Makeni, Sierra Leone. This week she received a Presidential Distinguished Service Award from President Michael D Higgins.

When Sr Mary Dolores Sweeney, a member of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny, was asked if she wanted to leave Sierra Leone as the Ebola outbreak grip(...)

Adolf Hitler addressing a military parade at a Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg. Xenophobia and nationalism are  coursing through the world’s veins. Photograph: Hulton Archive

In the spring of 2010 I received an unlikely invitation from a city in western Ukraine: the law faculty from the university in Lviv (also know as Lwów(...)

Gary and Paul O’Donovan with their coach Dominic Casey. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The honours keep coming for Irish rowing. Fisa, the world governing body, has chosen Dominic Casey as one of the six finalists for 2016 Coach of the (...)

Rurik George Caton Jutting: Police found the bodies of two women in his Hong Kong apartment. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

A British banker facing life in jail after being convicted of torturing and murdering two Indonesian women in Hong Kong has said he is sorry and accep(...)

‘A 2010 study of the 50 most popular pornographic DVD titles found that 88 per cent of scenes included violence.’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Enda Kenny wants a national conversation on pornography. It will be a very, very awkward conversation. Accessing porn is mind-bogglingly easy. Childre(...)

 A Hong Kong Correctional Services van carrying double murder suspect Rurik  Jutting leaves the High Court in Hong Kong, China,  October 25th 2016. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

Filming himself torturing and killing a young Indonesian woman, British investment banker Rurik Jutting veered between boasting, remorse and describi(...)

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