President Michael D Higgins praised the achievements of the women’s movement at the   in Dublin Castle on Sunday night. Photograph:   Gareth Chaney Collins

The proportion of women in national parliaments will be a key measure of success in achieving gender equality and would “spur, in turn, further progre(...)

As the country emerged in a somewhat uplifted mood after the commemoration of 1916, you couldn’t but be struck by the analogies between the two Irelands, of Then and Now. Illustration: Paul Scott

Our national poet WB Yeats said that every Irish writer had a decision to take: whether to express Ireland or exploit it. In his day, the choice lay b(...)

Poet Paddy Bushe, sculptor Imogen Stuart and painter Maria Simmonds-Gooding  at the Aosdána general assembly at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The proposal that Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens should film on Skellig Michael was made without reference to the Office of Public Works (OPW) (...)

Mai Geldof, who has died aged 105, was the last surviving sibling of four born to Zenon, a Belgian chef and restaurateur, and Amelia Geldof, the young(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin asserted today at the party’s 1916 commemoration that if people wanted to know where the men and women of 1916 would have stood in later years, they would find out by looking at what they did: taking the route of constitutional republicanism.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin has made a scathing attack on Sinn Féin and the Provisional movement, saying that they have "not the slightest conne(...)