Council Of State

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Dr Ken Whitaker: “If you live long enough you would be either canonised or found out.” File photograph: David Sleator

Every country has its heroes. Some are generals, some are conquerors, some even tinsel celebrities. Few countries would nominate a long-retired civil (...)

In the shaping of modern Ireland, no one has played a more important role than TK Whitaker. In celebrating his 100th birthday today, he has lived to s(...)

“At any moment I could be taking to the Salthill promenade with my sleeping bag.” Photograph: Michelle McMahon/Getty Images/Flickr Open

The rental situation in Galway, Limerick and Cork differ only in scale to that in the capital, according to Keith Broni of the Secure Rents campaign.(...)

Clergy, choir members  and the Chief Justice of Ireland, Mrs Justice Susan Denham, at St Michan’s Church at a Mass to mark the start of the Michelmas law term. Photograph: Collins

Held annually on the first Monday of October – the first day of the Michaelmas law term – at the Catholic parish church of the Four Courts, St Michan’(...)

Daráine Mulvihill, presenter of RTÉ’s Paralympics TV coverage. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s a quiet enough spell in the life of Daráine Mulvihill. Well, if you don’t count her daily work as a presenter on RTÉ’s coverage of the Paralympi(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls: “France maintains strong ties with Islam. She is proud that Islam is the second religion of the country.” Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

France’s prime minister Manuel Valls has reacted strongly to an article published by the New York Times on September 2nd, in which French Muslim women(...)

Sabina Higgins  speaks at the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s 1916 centenary ‘soapbox’  in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Repealing the Eighth Amendment, which gives effect to the State’s abortion ban, was a major theme of a “soapbox” event organised by the National Women(...)

The president has the discretion to refuse to dissolve the Dáil where the taoiseach has ceased to retain the support of a majority. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Being president of Ireland is an unusual job. Candidates need to be political animals – it would be rather difficult to be elected to the office other(...)

Joan Ross  President of the Claddagh Association, Perth, Australia When police in Perth contacted the local Irish club after finding a dead ho(...)

Migrants and refugees stage a protest as demolition continues at the Calais migrant camp, known as the “Jungle”, in northern France. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Riot police outnumber the labourers they protect while the orange-coated workmen demolish “the Jungle” in Calais. The police wear transparent, disposa(...)

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