After two months, political talks in Northern Ireland are approaching a conclusion. During that time, people’s faith in politics and political institu(...)

Mary and Timmy Casey with grandchildren Jay and Britney, participating in a Travellers’ rights protest in Dublin in 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is to consider formally recognising Travellers as an ethnic group for the first time following a r(...)

Professor Diarmuid Ferriter of  UCD: a timely critique of the power the Economic Management Council has accrued to itself

I left Glenties yesterday with my head full of the insights of others and my in-box full of their scripts. I also came away with enough material to in(...)

Dick Barry (second from right)  former Fine Gael TD and minister of state seen in  1974. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Former Fine Gael TD and minister of state Dick Barry who died on Sunday at the age of 93 was yesterday praised for his willing(...)