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Former UN assistant secretary general Denis Halliday has handed back a president’s medal awarded to him by NUI Galway literary and debating society in 2010  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former UN official Denis Halliday has handed back a medal he received from NUI Galway in protest over the conferring of an honorary doctorate on forme(...)

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The possibility that the State’s public services card (PSC) might eventually become a national identity card was discussed by the then Fianna Fáil-led(...)

The funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham. Military Pallbearers carry the coffin into the church. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led the mourners at the funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in Dublin on Saturday. President Michael D Higgins, who is (...)

Military Pallbearers carry the coffin into the church at funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Integrity was the hallmark of Liam Cosgrave’s private and professional life, mourners were told at the former taoiseach’s funeral Mass on Saturday. “(...)

Leo Varadkar will be happy with the latest Ipsos MRBI/Irish Times poll, which shows that he is easily the most popular party leader just four months a(...)

When investing, it is important to take account not only of the gross return but also of any taxes that might apply that would reduce this return. Photograph: iStock

Your colleague Fiona Reddan wrote a very useful article on different options to putting money on deposit. What does not seem to be highlighted in it i(...)

Kevin Myers with Michael O’Leary at the launch of the former’s memoir, ‘A Single Headstrong Heart’, last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There were quare things going on when I was away, a reminder of what a strange little country this can be. Abandoning emails and television, I allowed(...)

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald is likely to fight the next election as the party’s  leader if, as expected, Gerry Adams stands down in advance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Political parties are paying particular attention to four constituencies where the number of seats has changed for the next general election. The thr(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen during a conferring of an NUI honorary degree in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen came out of the political wilderness this week, and – never one to mince his words – let the European Union have it with (...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen, who was conferred an honorary degree by the National University of Ireland, with former taoiseach Bertie Ahern after the conferring ceremony. Photograph: Alan Betson

The founding president of University of Limerick (UL) plans to hand back his honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland (NUI) in prote(...)

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