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Michel Rocard: French president François  Hollande called him “a great figure of the republic and the left”. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Former prime minister Michel Rocard will be remembered as he wished, with a national ceremony at Les Invalides, presided over by President François Ho(...)

Guess who’s cooking dinner? Fifteen of Ireland’s top chefs are swapping kitchens  and tickets have just gone on sale

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to dine on roast quail and chateaubriand in the rarified surroundings of Le Coq Hardi, former taoiseach Char(...)

In its heyday, Sam Stephenson’s home, No 31, a converted coach house off Leeson Street,   was the party house in Dublin.

About 100 years on, though somewhat less on these shores, it looks as if Ireland is finally falling in love with modernism, if the muddied vistas of c(...)

The Montorgueil District in Paris has quality food markets and sunny terraces to sit and relax.

There’s a lot going on besides football these days in Paris, Bordeaux and Lille. From Bordeaux’s glammed-up image and futuristic new wine museum to t(...)

Former head of the Government Information Service Bart Cronin (left) with with P. J. Mara in Feburary 1992. Photograph: Peter Thursfield /The Irish Times

Bart Cronin, who has died aged 82, was a colourful, popular and effective media spokesman for former taoiseach Albert Reynolds and a succession of min(...)

“There are escalators inside for Enda to make Donald Trump-style entrances down into the chamber (formerly the Cosmetics Hall and Karen Millen).” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leinster House is falling down Falling down, falling down Leinster House is falling down Where will the Dáil go? The renovation work has to b(...)

CHQ in Dublin Docklands: the exhibition Epic Ireland has opened in its vaults, but its ground floor  could be reimagined. Photograph: David Sleator

Now that the vaults of CHQ in Dublin’s Docklands have been filled with the multimedia exhibition Epic Ireland, which opens to the public today, what’s(...)

“Your daughter currently has no option other than to study the Koran if she wishes to take Arabic for the Leaving Cert.” Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters

PROBLEM: I am a Christian Syrian who has recently been forced to leave Damascus because of violence and, in particular, the bombing of the school att(...)

Enda Kenny:  has gone from a position of strength to one of weakness.  Photograph: Eric Luke

And so it is towards minority government that Ireland is now likely bound. As it happens, this is something I know just a little about. In 2007, I l(...)

A file photo from 2008 showing Frank Flannery (right) with the Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Few people have had such an influence on Fine Gael in the last three and a half decades as Frank Flannery. The former rehab chief executive was one(...)

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