Brian Lenihan, Eileen Lemass, Charles Haughey and Gerry Collins at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

It was not so much the reopening of Stepaside Garda station that suggested “stroke politics” – it was the unsubtle banners that festooned the constit(...)

Pope John Paul II about to board an Aer Lingus plane following his visit to Ireland in 1979. File photograph: Dermot O’Shea

A few years ago, Eugene O’Brien and I started work on a book of essays entitled Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyn(...)

Mannin beach between near Ballyconneely in Connemara Co Galway. Several US colleges have based their ‘study abroad’  modules in the wider area as a partnership with the Connemara Wes, community development organisation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

When Prof Deborah Wickering comes across the name “Tully” back in Michigan’s Grand Rapids, her heart skips a little beat and she thinks of Connemara. (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. The number of children at Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin and Temple Street Children’s University Hospital waiting for more than four months for surgery has grown by 17%. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Government promise that no child with scoliosis will have to wait for urgently-needed surgery looks set to be broken, with new figures showing waiti(...)

 South Carolina Rose Ellerslie McCue, Hong Kong Rose Clarissa Langley Coleman, Toronto Rose Colombe Nadeau-O’Shea, Kildare Rose Deirbhle Mulvihill and Fermanagh Rose Stephanie Maguire, in Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Standing outside the Rose Hotel in Tralee on Monday afternoon, a confused Dutch tourist asked what all the fuss was about as young women dressed in ba(...)

A memorial to Irish soldiers who died during the Battle of Passchendaele being unveiled near the village of Zonnebeke outside Ypres in Belgium. Photograph: Daphne Vangheluwe

A memorial to Irish soldiers who died during the Battle of Passchendaele has been unveiled on the spot in Belgium where hundreds were killed in 1(...)

Government is now open to considering making physical or psychological violence against partners a specific offence following representations from several senators. Photograph: iStock

The Government is to consider introducing a specific offence of domestic violence later this year, a United Nations committee has heard. Earlier this(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter said on RTÉ’s ‘Prime Time’ that Independent TD Mick Wallace was allegedly cautioned by gardaí for using a mobile phone while driving

Alan Shatter’s disclosure of information about Mick Wallace on RTÉ’s Prime Time did not breach data protection laws because the information was “in hi(...)

Ibrahim Halawa, from Firhouse in Dublin, has been in jail in Cairo since August 2013

Almost four years after he was detained in Cairo as a 17-year-old boy, Ibrahim Halawa will soon learn the outcome of a farcical trial that has shamed (...)

The deadline for the Rugby World Cup was treated as absolute. The deadline for ending an abuse of the rights of our children remains a moveable feast. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

On Friday, June 30th, official figures showed that a new record number of 2,777 children, in 1,312 families, were living in emergency accommodation ac(...)