Eamon Gilmore

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Labout party leader Ivana Bacik: ‘Over the coming weeks I will be travelling around a lot more.’  Photograph: Damien Storan/PA Wire

For a party that is almost 110-years-old, it is remarkable how often the narrative around the Labour Party’s fortunes have swung between either renais(...)

 Eamon Gilmore is the EU’s special representative on human rights. File photograph: Frank Miller

Countries need to plan and prepare for dealing with refugees from the war in Ukraine as a long term issue, the EU’s special representative on human ri(...)

Newly confirmed leader of the Labour Party Ivana Bacik (centre) poses with members of the party at Ringsend Community Centre after running unopposed last week. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Ivana Bacik’s uncontested election as Labour Party leader, after the swift removal of Alan Kelly from the role, at least spares the party a long and f(...)

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly resigning his position on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The sudden departure of Alan Kelly as Labour Party leader, after only two years in the job, came as a bolt from the blue but there was something inevi(...)

Former taoiseach  Enda Kenny (R) drops his files before posing for the media with German chancellor Angela Merkel  in Berlin, November 2011. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

In the weeks after June 2016’s Brexit vote, then-taoiseach Enda Kenny travelled to Berlin to meet with chancellor Angela Merkel. When they sat down on(...)

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 (...)

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