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While the crimes uncovered in scandal after scandal were committed under the auspices of the church, the State and society are guilty at a minimum of ‘failure of duty, delinquency’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

What use is shame? In the Dáil last Wednesday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar described the mother-and-baby home report as “gruesome reading” and said that “a(...)

 The vacancy at the Central Bank of Ireland arose when governor Philip Lane moved to the European Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The competition to find the next governor of the Central Bank has been narrowed down to a shortlist of four candidates, including bookies’ favourite, (...)

A view of the 1916 Proclamation at  Trinity College. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It is a peculiarity of Irish life that an independence sought for so long and at such cost is not celebrated. Of the 20 or so nations which achieved t(...)

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi talks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne - Pool/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and members of her US congressional delegation that he knows they will be there to protect (...)

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny: the VentureWave website lists him  as one of four people on its senior team

Enda Kenny is to take up his first business-related role since stepping down as taoiseach as an adviser with an investment fund. Mr Kenny, a Mayo TD(...)

John Fell, the longest-serving Irish staff member at the ECB, is understood to be among individuals who put their names forward for the Central Bank governorship.

The most senior Irish member of staff at the European Central Bank (ECB) and the deputy secretary general of the Department of Health have emerged as (...)

Angela Merkel: “She really wants to listen, to show support and to listen, and to find out what is the current situation, what is the view of Ireland, and how can we proceed in different scenarios”

Angela Merkel is visiting Dublin for the first time in five years to show solidarity with Ireland and to get a “clearer picture” of Irish preparations(...)

Paddy Tully (centre flat cap) keeps an eye on the prices at the mart in Granard, Co Longford. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

It is at sleepy crossroads such as Ballinalee that Leo Varadkar faces some of his toughest challenges. Situated between Granard and Longford town, th(...)

Philip Lane: he is set to be confirmed   as the Republic’s first ECB executive board member. He is also the favourite to become the organisation’s chief economist.  Photograph:  Reuters

When Otmar Issing, one of the prime architects of the euro, was asked in 2001 to help select an outstanding European economist under 40, one name stoo(...)

Students born outside Ireland are exempt from Irish requirements for entry to National University of Ireland colleges. Photograph: iStock

My son in transition year is eligible to be exempt from Irish for the Leaving Certificate under National University of Ireland rules, given that he wa(...)

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