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Telling the story: an Iraqi Kurdish child at Isikveren refugee camp, on the Turkish border with Iraq, in 1991. Photograph: Nabil Ismail/AFP/Getty

THE SALVATION OF TORY ISLAND 1981-1984 Gerry Moriarty Charlie Haughey, then leader of the opposition, looked up at me from under hoode(...)

Hilary Fannin with Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaking taking part in a twilight trip at Reen Pier, Union Hall. Photograph: Emma Jervis

The stretch of coastline from the fishing village of Union Hall, on the west side of Glandore Harbour in Co Cork, to Ring Head, overlooking Clonakilty(...)

A protester holds a sign during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy at the People’s Party regional headquarters in Valencia. Photograph: Reuters/Heino Kalis

The spectre of corruption haunts not only leading European politicians; it haunts the whole European body politic.Now it’s the turn of Spanish prime m(...)

 Dessie O’Malley was widely lauded for standing up to Charlie Haughey on a matter of principle. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The threat of de-selection as candidates at the next election that was directed at Fine Gael’s rebel TDs this week amounts to a significant tightening(...)

Ken Carthy, University Of British Columbia, Vancouver, at the Convention on the Constitution, held at Malahide, Co Dublin

There was a fair deal of cynicism among commentators and politicians that a group of 66 ordinary citizens and 33 politicians could tackle big and smal(...)

It is understood that Sean Donlon will resign his corporate directorships when he joins the EBRD in mid-July. He will also forgo his public pension for the duration of his appointment. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Government is preparing to appoint Seán Donlon, former chief of the Department of Foreign Affairs, to Ireland’s seat on the board of the European (...)

Spain’s Agriculture Minister Miguel Arias Canete (left) talks Simon Coveney at the start of an EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council at the EU Council in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

Anything good in Die Welt this week? Simon Coveney made the daily briefing notes column on Thursday thanks to the hours he put in during (...)

Queen Elizabeth at the English Market in Cork on her 2011 visit. News of another visit next year gives ample opportunity too to get the bunting ready and prepare menus for the street parties. Photograph: Reuters

Sometime next year, confirmed the Taoiseach.It’s going to happen. That gives them plenty of time to hoover the carpet in Buckingham Palac(...)

When my mother was dying of cancer, she wanted more than anything to be outside. One day we all drove to Kennedy Park outside New Ross and wand(...)

The IFSC in Dublin: There’s no doubt it has been a big success since Dermot Desmond first suggested the idea. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Michael Somers, the former head of the National Treasury Management Agency and current deputy chairman of AIB, didn’t pull his punches in his i(...)

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