Dr Lucy McCourt receives the Covid-19 vaccine from clinical nurse manager Leona Malone at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin on Tuesday.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Taoiseach tells us that mass vaccinations are being rolled out and that we will be in a “very different position” by the summer. That is the begin(...)

 Catherine O’Halloran says she is   so worried about her son Richard’s health, who has been unable to leave China since February 2019. Photograph: Tom Honan

The marks, good and bad, left by the State’s history on one family line are traced through the household of Catherine O’Halloran, near the foothills o(...)

Tara O’Halloran with children  Scarlett (6) Ben (13), Isabella (8) and Amber (11). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The wife of an Irish businessman who has effectively been trapped in China for the past two years, says she is begging for help to get him out, adding(...)

Shane Ross: dubbed a  “tell-tale tattler” by Regina Doherty. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

If you’re bored with constant conversations about Covid-19, spare a thought for Brendan O’Connor. With immaculate timing, O’Connor began hosting his s(...)

A selection of the books at Oliver Usher’s auction.

The contents from the former home of the late Jim and Miriam O’Donnell, who lived over their business, Days Bazaar on Oliver Plunkett Street in Mullin(...)

Fr Enda McDonagh: a powerful advocate of what he describes as theology at the fringe – a theology that puts the socially and politically excluded at its heart. Photograph: David Sleator

Enda McDonagh’s 90th birthday at the end of June reminds me that his close friend Seán MacRéamoinn, in a classic flight of fancy, once suggested that (...)

The wife of the Irish businessman who is barred from  leaving China   met with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney but says she has had no further feedback since the initial meeting. Photograph:     Pavel Golovkin/AP

The wife of a Dublin businessman barred from leaving China for 15 months has made a direct appeal to the Irish Government to intervene and push for hi(...)

Sean O’Rourke: ‘I cracked it in the end and now I’m walking away.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When he opens his front door in Killiney, Co Dublin, Sean O’Rourke bows to me instead of shaking my hand. “That’s what Charlie Haughey used to like hi(...)

Former taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald at home in Ranelagh. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Garret FitzGerald was forced to flee when gardaí carrying batons charged a crowd trying to break into Trinity College Dublin on the eve of Victory in (...)

Then Irish Times editor RM Smyllie  got his revenge on the Irish government censors by rearranging the front page of the newspaper to make a V for victory sign.

At 1.25pm on May 7th, 1945 Germany surrendered to the Allies in the town of Rheims in France, the headquarters of Allied supreme commander Dwight D Ei(...)

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