James Menton, chairman of St Vincent’s University Hospital,  Minister for Health Simon Harris and Master of the National Maternity Hospital  Dr Rhona Mahony: new EU building rules could force the project to be redesigned, escalating the cost and threatening its future. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

This weekend, over five years after the project was unveiled to great political fanfare, not a brick has been laid in the development of Ireland’s lon(...)

Immigration reform campaigners say they are “cautiously optimistic” about securing a new visa deal between Ireland and the US. Photograph: iStock

America is full of people of Irish descent. Why is it so hard to move there? Indeed. More than 35 million Americans claim Irish heritage, but since t(...)

Galway Traveller Movement members Anne Ward and Annie McDonagh. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Do people have positive experiences of Traveller culture? Why has an 18-year-old promise to update hate crime legislation not been updated? And should(...)

Gloucester Street laundry in Dublin, the last of Ireland’s infamous Magdalene Laundries, which closed in 1996.

This week’s conference at Boston College on ‘Towards Transitional Justice: Recognition, Truth-telling, and Institutional Abuse In Ireland’ will grappl(...)

Annie and Tommy McDonagh, members of the Travelling community from Galway’s east side, cast their votes. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Annie McDonagh could not wait to cast her vote as the bright sun banished drizzle over Galway city on Friday morning. The mother-of-nine – and grandm(...)

While criticising candidate Peter Casey as “ignorant”, Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, above, said there needed to be a greater understanding between settled and Traveller people. Photograph: Eric Luke

A Sinn Féin Senator from a Traveller background has said presidential candidate Peter Casey may have “done us a service” by bringing out into the open(...)

 Author Hugh Oram outside the Old Punch Bowl pub in  Booterstown. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It could be any crossroads. There is nothing now to mark the place where Kevin O’Higgins, the then minister for justice and vice-president of the Iris(...)

Pope John Paul II kisses thr ground on arrival in Dublin, 1979. Photograph: Mazpix

Watching the second part of the quite superb RTÉ documentary series The Game last Monday night, I was struck by the fervour of the crowds in Croke Par(...)

Senator Joan Freeman: A number of TDs from the rural technical group confirmed they are willing to back her if she decides to run for president. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Senator Joan Freeman is understood to be seeking a nomination to run for the office of president. Ms Freeman, who is the founder of suicide charity P(...)

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny receives the European Movement Ireland’s European of the Year  award. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The British government is “riven by internal dissent” and lacks credibility on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, former taoiseach Enda Kenn(...)

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