Former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said Northern Ireland was facing its most critical moment since the 1998 Belfast agreement. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The DUP and Sinn Féin have been urged to return to governance in Northern Ireland, with former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore describing the leadership of the(...)

Pope Francis and  Cardinal Kevin Farrell. Photograph: diocese of Dallas

Cardinal Kevin Farrell (70) is the most senior Irishman at the Vatican and one of two brothers serving there. His older brother Bishop Brian Farrell (...)

Liam Neeson  was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad  at Áras an Uachtaráin by  President Michael D Higghins. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Liam Neeson has spoken at countless awards ceremonies and public engagements over the years. Yet, the actor professes to having a “genuine fear” of pu(...)

John Waters speaks at the University of Notre Dame, the US. Photograph: Marshall V King

Writer and commentator John Waters has told an audience in the United States that he doesn’t object to the work of Galway-based historian Catherine Co(...)

Scientists now believe a skull unearthed in 1929 belongs to the oldest-known human tsunami victim. File photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

A mysterious partial skull unearthed in Papua New Guinea in 1929 that once was thought to belong to an extinct human species turns out to have a diffe(...)

A candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Thursday. Analysts say the focus  is now  much more on the “one country” element than the “two systems”, and expect Beijing to interfere much more. Photograph:  Roman Pilipe/EPA

Xi Jinping has a strong sense of history, and soon after he arrived for his first visit to Hong Kong as Chinese president, he sought to reaffirm his c(...)

Richard Dawkins: developed the theory of ‘memes’ in part to explain the durability of religion. Photograph: Alan Betson

A popular way in which atheists try to explain religious belief is to label it a “meme”. The idea, advanced by evolutionary scientist Richard Dawkins,(...)

Mother Abbess Máire Hickey and president of the High Court Mr Justice Peter Kelly with Notre Dame’s provost, Thomas Burish before the conferral ceremony at Notre Dame’s new education centre at Kylemore Abbey. Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus

  The north American University of Notre Dame has marked the opening of its new campus in Connemara with a tribute to High Court president Mr (...)

Donald Trump greets his supporters  at a campaign rally in South Bend, Indiana. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

Donald Trump is the first Republican that Tamara Kil-Myers, a nurse from South Bend, Indiana, has ever voted for. The businessman rocking American p(...)

Dave O’Connor: ‘My daily radio show on U93 Radio has become a huge success in such a short time.’

As a young boy growing up in Shankill in Dublin I always had a love for listening to radio. Little did I know my passion for radio would turn into a c(...)

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