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The 10th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland is tomorrow, Wednesday. File photograph: The Irish Times

As we mark the 10th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s visit tomorrow I recall two other events that happened that same day: Garret FitzGerald died; and(...)

Right to Know  appealed to the High Court after failing to get  information following two separate requests to the Office of Secretary General  to the President

A High Court judge has ruled the Right to Know group is not entitled to get documents which were before the Council of State, the council’s minutes or(...)

Many virtual events will be broadcast on the St Patrick’s Festival website. Photograph: iStock

Traditional St Patrick’s Day events have largely been cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, there are still some virtual celebrat(...)

A woman wearing a Niqab Islamic dress, in Rotterdam. The Dutch ban applies  in public places such as schools, hospitals, government offices, and on public transport, though not on the street. Photograph: Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty    Images

No matter how you look at it politically, there’s more than a little irony in growing demands for the year-old Dutch burka ban to be rescinded because(...)

The Electoral Act obliges those who are challenged while voting to swear on a Bible or publicly refuse to do so. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In Ireland high public office is only for the religious, and our court system ignores the rights of atheists, despite the fact that we pride ourselves(...)

President Michael D. Higgins at his inauguration at Dublin in November 2011. The President, members of the Council of State and judiciary are all required to take religious oaths on taking office. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The oath – a voluntary pledge usually involving the penalty of divine retribution – has a long lineage. The Greeks and Romans swore by their swords. I(...)

People gather outside  Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to celebrate after a top Turkish court revoked its status as a museum, clearing the way for it to be turned back into a mosque. Photograph:  Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, one of the world’s greatest examples of Byzantine Christian architecture,(...)

A spokeswoman for Google said the company would review possible changes. Photograph: AFP via Getty

France’s top administrative court upheld a €50 million imposed last year on Alphabet’s Google for breaching European Union online privacy rules, it sa(...)

Two worshippers, Guillaume and Cynthia,  put on their as they prepare to enter the reopened Notre Dame de Chartres cathedral in central France on May 14th. Photograph: Jean-François Monier/AFP via Getty Images

The French poet Charles Péguy described Our Lady of Chartres as a star of the sea, rising above oceans of wheatfields on the plains of La Beauce. It (...)

Ryanair said it has adjusted the way it displays airfare offers. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Ryanair must indicate the full price of a ticket when it displays offers on its website, the EU’s top court said on Thursday. The Court of Justice of(...)

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