David Slattery  outside the Bank of Ireland, College Green, in 1996. When asked  what he had used as a gentle abrasive to clean the bank’s stonework, he remarked, “crushed angels’ teeth.” Photograph: David Sleator

While the term pioneer and David Slattery might stand in contradistinction in some contexts, in the field of building conservation the Dublin architec(...)

Oliver Schmidt, who was head of compliance in the US in 2012 and 2015, is said to be among the VW employees allegedly involved in the briefing. Photograph: AP

Volkswagen’s top management was briefed in the summer of 2015 about the cheating software at the centre of the company’s diesel emissions scandal, and(...)

 Oliver Schmidt: Volkswagen’s executive in the US has been arrested on charges of conspiracy in connection with the VW emissions scandal. Photograph: EPA/Joe Wilssens

The FBI has arrested a Volkswagen executive in the US accused in civil lawsuits of having an important role in covering up the diesel emissions scanda(...)

Cardinal Reinhard Marx: told a conference held in Trinity College that until  “very recently”, the church and society at large had been “very negative about gay people . . . It was the whole society. It was a scandal and terrible.” Photograph: Stefano Rellandini

A leading cardinal has said the Catholic Church should apologise to the gay community for its scandalous and terrible treatment of them, which had no(...)

Michael D Higgins: “We live in an age characterised by intolerable global inequality, widespread political alienation and disillusionment, rising intolerance where faith-based systems are distorted and abused into extremism, and resulting unprecedented levels of human displacement.” File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Opening address by President Michael D Higgins on the occasion of Amnesty International’s International Council Meeting, Dublin Distinguished Guests, (...)

The former Kodak building in Rathmines before and after

We’ve come a long way since French architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc promoted “faithful restoration”– in reality, an ideal(...)