John de Chastelain noted the ‘tragedy’ of the recent killing of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dundalk Institute of Technology has renamed its library in honour of retired general John de Chastelain, the man who oversaw arms decommissioning in N(...)

 John de Chastelain in  Dublin. “The public wished to see the instruments of their pain being dismantled in a such a way that they could say, ‘well. now we know it is all done’.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The former head of the body responsible for decommissioning paramilitary weapons in Northern Ireland is concerned by the political vacuum left by the (...)

President Michael D Higgins at the announcement of  his arts initiative at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“Material things are not important to me,” President Michael D Higgins said on Thursday when asked about Joan Freeman’s inclusion of him among the mil(...)

Canadian ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers  at the Canadian embassy in Dublin. Photograph: Simon Carswell

A Canada-type free trade deal, touted as a post-Brexit model for the EU and UK, was “not a magic pill” to create a frictionless border, Canada’s ambas(...)

Liam Neeson has ‘helped to raise Ireland’s profile and awareness of Ireland and Irish artists around the world’.

Liam Neeson is to receive a special award from President Michael D Higgins for his outstanding contribution to the Irish diaspora. The annual Presid(...)

 Micheál Martin of Fianna Fáil at the Dáil before the vote for Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gerry Adams may be of some service to them after all. No better man than the Sinn Féin president to give Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin advice on dec(...)

A heavy machine gun recovered by  security forces from the Provisional IRA during the decommissioning process. File photograph: PA

“It was hugely significant, we all fell silent. One of the [(IRA)]men handed over a last gun, ceremoniously, to the general. Fr Alec whispered in my e(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sinn Féin has accused its political opponents of using the murders of Kevin McGuigan and Gerard “Jock” Davidson to attack the party in the lead up t(...)