A demonstrator holds up a placard calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar. Photograph: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Protests spread across Myanmar on Wednesday after the most violent day in demonstrations against a coup that brought to a halt a tentative transition (...)

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe delivers his speech during a live broadcast at State House in Harare on Sunday. Photograph: AP

Robert Mugabe’s legacy as one of the most ruthless tyrants of modern times will remain long after his days as notorious statesman of Zimbabwe are over(...)

1974:  TK Whitaker, governor of the Central Bank.  Photograph: Tom Lawlor

In 1939, a senior Civil Service officer wrote a performance review of the 22-year-old TK Whitaker, describing him as “highly intelligent, an officer d(...)

C Wing of Crumlin Road Gaol. Photograph: crumlinroadgaol.com

My dentist has spent some time in jail, as he admitted recently while we were waiting for my jaw to freeze. In fact he showed me a picture of himself (...)

British prime minister David Cameron must  spell out the  major fields of EU reform he seeks. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Ireland is learning how to live with the uncertainty and instability of a changing United Kingdom as that state decides whether to remain a member of (...)

Triumph for the Law Society: Solicitors receiving their parchments last year.

The Legal Services Regulation Bill, now before the Seanad, is unlikely to reduce lawyers’ fees as it does nothing to make competition more effective. (...)

Her pink shoe: one of the images photographed by artist Marie Brett for a project on the impact of infant loss, which opens at the Galway Arts Centre early next month.

A tiny baby’s blanket tied with ribbons, a christening gown and two identity bracelets are among images photographed by artist Marie Brett for a proj(...)

Oscar-winning screenwriter and award-winning novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

The writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who has died aged 85, achieved her greatest fame late in life, and for work she had once dismissed as a hobby (...)