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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the appointment of Catherine Day in the Dáil following Cabinet approval. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former head of the European Commission Service Catherine Day has been appointed to chair the new Citizens’ Assembly on gender equality. Taoiseach Leo(...)

Catherine Day (retired secretary-general of the European Commission): recent  report praised voluntary organisations involved in healthcare.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The country owes a debt of gratitude to voluntary organisations involved in healthcare. That was the conclusion of the recent report of a review group(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Archbishop’s House in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times.

The most influential Catholic prelate in Ireland Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is 15 years Archbishop of Dublin this month. He is 20 years a bishop and w(...)

Catherine Day: worried about falling number of Irish people working at the heart of the European Union. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The falling number of Irish people working at the heart of the European Union is a “worry”, a special adviser to European Commission president Jean-Cl(...)

After four years as the European Union’s top diplomat in Washington, David O’Sullivan will soon leave the US capital – as well as the EU’s civil service. His role as EU ambassador has given him exposure to many of DC’s famous residents, including Barack and Michelle Obama. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

High on the 10th floor of the EU delegation building overlooking Washington Circle in downtown DC, David O’Sullivan is preparing to leave the office t(...)

The review will be brought to Cabinet by Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The State should not take over the direct operation of health services currently run by voluntary hospitals and agencies, but there should be signific(...)

Former European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso: “The creativity of lawyers is boundless.” Photograph: Getty Images

Any attempt to “carve out” Northern Ireland from the UK leaving it under EU economic rules post-Brexit would be an “absolute deal breaker”, pro-Remain(...)

Martin Selmayr: the European Commission’s new secretary general claimed recently to have 5m of books on Ireland on his shelves.  Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

In a major reshuffle of the top ranks of the EU civil service, the European Commission has appointed Jean-Claude Juncker’s right-hand man as the organ(...)

The commemorative stamps.

On January 19th, 1968 Sir Alfred Chester Beatty died at the age of 92 in Monaco. This American-born, British knight of the realm became the first priv(...)

Former trade chief Pascal Lamy. “This is not poetry. This is business, and we have to be realistic.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The idea that there will be a frictionless border between the Republic and Northern Ireland when Britain leaves the European Union (EU) is a “fairy ta(...)

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