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Infectious disease specialist  Prof Sam McConkey was criticised in many quarters for his perceived negativity when he urged caution on the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. File photograph: Getty

A predilection for too much consensus or groupthink has often caused us harm in out country. Like buffalo, a significant number of Irish people prefer(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with  US  vice president Joe Biden  at Government Buildings, Dublin, in 2016.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Spirits in the Irish Government, gloomy after overnight trends towards President Donald Trump, rose throughout the day as Joe Biden began to close the(...)

The European Court of Human Rights in session in Strasbourg(AFP/Getty Images)

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights. One of the many initiatives to spring up in the immedi(...)

The Electoral Act obliges those who are challenged while voting to swear on a Bible or publicly refuse to do so. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In Ireland high public office is only for the religious, and our court system ignores the rights of atheists, despite the fact that we pride ourselves(...)

Large clusters of parliamentarians are disaffected, for a variety of reasons, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

If you Google “shaky start” and “Irish politics”, the inevitable dates crop up: 1997; 2011; 2017; and 2020. What unites them is this: new governments (...)

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin is now Minister   for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.

A new Taoiseach was elected on Saturday and a range of new Ministers were appointed. Here’s all you need to know about them: Micheál Martin - Taoisea(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone

When Ireland first announced its candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2021-22 term, Bertie Ahern was taoiseach, George (...)

THE GREEN PARTY MAY BE ENTERING GOVERNMENT WITH TWO PARTNERS, WHO HAPPEN TO BE FIERCE POLITICAL RIVALS. THIS NOVEL PARTNERSHIP COULD TAKE SOME GETT(...)

Members of the public redeemed more than €800,000 worth of old Irish punts this year. Irish punt banknotes and coins were withdrawn in February 2002 (...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney  after meeting Palestinian officials on December 3th, 2019, at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photograph:  Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images

EU foreign ministers have endorsed a Dutch initiative to prepare legislation giving the union the ability to punish human rights abusers around the wo(...)

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