John Callinan faces huge challenges in the international environment, unrest in the North, Dublin’s relationship with London and the legacy of Covid, along with domestic housing and health.

John Callinan, who has been selected by the Government as the country’s most senior civil servant, is a different type of beast to his predecessor, Ma(...)

Martin Fraser has been secretary general at the Department of the Taoiseach for a decade. Photograph: GIS

Ireland has very few civil servants that have become household names, even fleetingly. Robert Watt’s recent pay hike on becoming secretary general of(...)

Located in the heart of the community, St Andrew’s Resource Centre on Pearse Street in Dublin city centre  is easily accessible and proactively engages with local people as their needs and aspirations change. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The search for “joined-up government” is a constant theme in the pursuit of more effective public policies. As the functions of government have develo(...)

Former president Mary McAleese. The event in question occurred during a State visit to Italy when she met then Vatican secretary of state Angelo Sodano. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Former president Mary McAleese says she refused to discuss an attempt by the Vatican in 2003 to secure an agreement with Ireland that it would not acc(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan  resigned last year after controversies in the gardaí.  Photograph: The Irish Times

  A high-level report into issues within the Department of Justice has found “it is as if the system has naturally evolved to ensure that the bu(...)

The remains of Frank Murray are carried from the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock, after his funeral Mass. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

In a career spanning six decades public servant Frank Murray worked for seven taoisigh and three presidents of Ireland, his funeral Mass was told on F(...)

Pope Francis meeting President Michael D Higgins at the Vatican last May: The Catholic Church came late to the awareness of the value of Church-State separation and the autonomy of the secular. Photograph: PA Wire

Is it time to reboot the relationship between religious believers and atheists? Recent years have been characterised by noisy and often self-defeating(...)

The ‘Looking Forward: A public conversation on the future of Catholic Schools in Ireland’, conference took place at the Notre Dame – Newman Centre, University Church, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

There are no Catholic-run second level schools in Co Leitrim or West Cork and this is part of a trend, a conference in Dublin has been told. Meanwhile(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen with wife Mary after he was  conferred with an honorary doctorate of law. Photograph: Alan Betson

This article comes with a health warning. It describes scenes involving Brian Cowen, Bertie Ahern and sundry members of the last Fianna Fáil governmen(...)

A runner in the Belfast City Marathon. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Inpho

For one day only, the city of Belfast became a city of runners. At the start line in front of the City Hall, in the green spaces around it, and in th(...)

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