We’ve laid the flowers, lit the candles and asked the questions to which there are no answers.

In the hours and days after Ashling Murphy’s unfathomable murder this week, on a stretch of canal path named for another woman who disappeared in unfa(...)

Supporters of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic gather outside a government detention centre where the tennis champion is reported to be staying in Melbourne. Photograph:  Con Chronis / AFP via Getty

Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis star, entitled boy wonder, believer in the clarifying powers of celery juice and renowned vaccine sceptic, has added a (...)

Winter Nights festival: Irish Times writers and columnists will be joined by Dr Mike Ryan, Ellen Keane, David Baddiel, Helen McEntee, Brian O’Driscoll, Annie Mac, Paul Muldoon, Bonnie Greer and Caitlin Moran

From Monday, January 24th to Thursday 27th, internationally renowned guests and Irish Times journalists get together for four nights of debate and dis(...)

Marian Finucane was a trailblazer, but what followed was not so much a conquering army of other bright, opinionated women, but a slow and steady incursion. Photograph: Eric Luke

During the final weeks of the old normal, in the days when there was still a certain cold comfort to be had in gathering in tight huddles outside a fu(...)

Protesters march to the Dublin City Council offices in protest against the proposal to build a 114 room hotel around the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Well done. You’ve almost made it to The Day Itself. As we prepare to close the door on another insufferable dose of a year, it can be helpful to draw (...)

‘There is a universality to the traditions of the season which reminds us that, despite everything, we’re not actually that different to one another.’ Photograph: iStock

Nobody was overly worried about the last dates for An Post this year. No one was panicking about the final days for buying the few bits online, or for(...)

According to Daft.ie, average rents are climbing by 7 per cent every year while the same website listed less than 2,000 properties to rent across the whole country this week. Photograph: iStock

When it comes to renting a home in Ireland right now it is the worst of times. Prices are going through the roof while supply has collapsed. Accordin(...)

A generation ago, single-earner families could reasonably expect to be able to afford a mortgage. Now, even a couple earning two good salaries may struggle to save for a deposit

“I feel as though I have regressed back into my teenage self. I’m waiting for my mother to reprimand me for not making my bed.” At 28, this is not whe(...)

 Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness with Mary Lou McDonald in at the Sinn Féin ardfheis in 2016. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The verdict from Sinn Féin was practically unanimous. Mary Lou McDonald, Michelle O’Neill, David Cullinane and Matt Carthy all agreed that Gerry Adam(...)

In the first half of this year, four in every 10 first-time buyers were given money by their parents to help them to fund their deposit. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

International banking institutions may be pulling out of the Irish market at a disquieting rate, but there is one that seems to have put down permanen(...)

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