Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the event aims to allow students to engage on a range of universal issues affecting them. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The first in a series of cross-border school events aimed at giving students a chance to share ideas on how to tackle issues such as climate change go(...)

Ray McSharry: the Fianna Fáil grandee was treated to a surprise This Is Your Life party featuring familiar faces of the party down the years.    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The great, the good and the ghosts of Fianna Fáil past gathered in Sligo at the weekend to pay homage to party grandee Ray MacSharry. The former tána(...)

German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt: “Ireland is not in the centre of Europe but politically it must be in the centre of European interests.” Photograph: Saoeren Stache

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies have demanded the EU do more to define its future relationship with the UK to break the Brexit deadlock and(...)

Passport control: defending the Common Travel Area only for citizens of the Republic and Northern Ireland could have adverse implications for migrants. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brexit could make Ireland sacrifice its independence in setting immigration policy, an academic specialising in migration studies has warned. Dr Piar(...)

Ivor Roberts wrote that ‘the ancient quarrel [between Britain and Ireland] is in the process of being solved’.

As Britain stands on the threshold of exiting the European Union, a paean to Brussels has been made public, in which the author, former British ambass(...)

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation: hosted ‘Milestones on a Journey of Hope’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leaders of the various faiths in Ireland have issued a joint plea for an end to violence in the Middle East. At a meeting this week in the Glencree (...)

Over the top: soldiers on the first day of Battle of the Somme, in July 1916, which for some is a key foundational moment in the creation of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Art Archive/Imperial War Museum/Getty

The people of Ireland, north and south, are in an enviable position on the eve of the centenary of 1916. We have the opportunity to end a century of v(...)

 Facilitators (from left): William Devas, Jacinta de Paor, Eamon Rafter, Barbara Walshe, Phil Killeen, Geoffrey Corry and Ian White at Glencree. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In peace processes there are always the high-profile people – politicians and former military or paramilitary leaders – who make the headlines and gar(...)

Magdalene survivors Marina Gambold (left) and Maureen Sullivan after meeting with Enda Kenny last year. In order to deliver his report, Mr Justice John Quirke was assisted by 33 barristers who, over five weeks, talked to the 337 Magdalene survivors. photograph: bryan o’brien

In April last year they began making the first tentative phone calls. Hundreds of women with the same and yet infinitely different experiences answere(...)

Cancer patient and blind Palestinian girl Aseel al-Haj Ahmed.  Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Treatment for sick Palestinian children as part of a cross-border project is being cut back dramatically because of a drop-off in donations, a (...)