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Ruth Field on the RTÉ programme Saturday Night Live with Miriam

In anticipation of feeling nervous, I had actually planned on running during my Dublin visit, but in a very un-grit-doctorly fashion had clean forgott(...)

Praveen Halappanavar says  he still does not know why his wife, Savita, died. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Last week I had a eureka moment: “why”really is the most important question of all. I was listening to Praveen Halappanavar explaining to Miriam O’Cal(...)

PSNI Chief Constable Will Kerr displays a police officer’s helmet which was struck by a ceremonial sword during rioting in north Belfast on Friday night. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA

The Democratic Unionist Party has defended the right to protest peacefully while condemning loyalist rioters and the Parades Commission for banning an(...)

“I do not see us coming back to this issue in the lifetime of this Government,” Mr Rabbitte said

A senior Labour figure in Government has categorically ruled out the issue of abortion being revisited by the Coalition during its term of office. Mi(...)

Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras: “He has not only offended Greeks but, perhaps more importantly, in the European context where he is so dependent on the good opinion of his mentors in Berlin and Brussels, he has not impressed.” Photograph: Reuters/John Kolesidis

In a recent opinion column (‘Greece in crisis needs a public broadcaster’) I made the mistake of saying that ERT, the Greek public service broadcaster(...)

The filming of a real murder trial in Scotland brought with it the clear and obvious danger that the resulting documentary The Murder Trial (Channel 4(...)

The Lyric Feature: History On A Plate (Lyric, Friday), a new series exploring food and recipes from Ireland’s past, which last week looked at, you guessed it, the humble spud. Presented by historian Juliana Adelman and Irish Times restaurant critic Catherine Cleary (above), and produced by Claire Cunningham, the documentary showed just how wrongheaded the old Spitting Image sketch was.

Back in the days when the Soviet Union still existed, the British satirical puppet show Spitting Image mocked conditions in the communist state with a(...)

The second tranche of HSE creche inspection reports relating to 37 childcare facilities in Limerick city and county were published on the Pobal website yesterday relating to inspections carried out in 2012 and 2013. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Almost two-thirds of creches in Limerick county and city were found to be non-compliant under one or more headings by the HSE at the time of inspectio(...)

 Paschal Donohoe and Lucinda Creighton celebrate their election  in the RDS during the 2011 General Election. Photograph:Alan Betson /The Irish Times

New Minister of State for Europe Paschal Donohoe said he is “deeply humbled” by his appointment and very conscious of the circumstances in which it ha(...)

‘Late Late Show’ presenter Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Ryan Tubridy may have taken a hefty pay cut, but accumulated profits at the media firm owned by the RTE star still increased almost four-fold to €227,(...)

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