Siptu president Jack O’Connor is to step down in the weeks ahead after 14 years in the post. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Siptu, the State’s largest trade union, will this week call for the Government to hold a referendum to give unions rights to engage in collective barg(...)

Anti-water charges protester Peter Herbert pictured outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after charges were dropped against him and  other defendants  in relation to the 2014 Jobstown protest. Photograph: Collins Courts

Supporters of the Jobstown protesters broke into chants of “Jobstown innocent, Labour guilty” in Court 19 on Monday afternoon as the State withdrew mo(...)

100 years ago this week L-Sgt Jack Moyney from Rathdowney,  won the VC for an extraordinary act of endurance.

One hundred years ago this week Lance-Sgt Jack Moyney from Rathdowney, Co Laois won the Victoria Cross (VC) for an extraordinary act of endurance. H(...)

Judge John King strongly urged both men to get legal representation

Two anti-war activists appeared at Ennis District Court on Wednesday charged with the criminal damage of a US navy aircraft at Shannon airport on Tues(...)

Blackstairs Mountains

Skylark Experiences on Inishbofin, off the Connemara coast, offers a complete immersion in island life where you get to spend time sheepfarming, birdw(...)

US president Donald Trump:  “He thinks confidence is more important than competence and attitude matters more than aptitude,” says  biographer Michael D’Antonio. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Donald Trump is stuck in his own skull. He’s unreachable. “He lives inside his head, where he runs the same continuous loop of conflict with people h(...)

The firefighters who are members of Siptu voted by 93 per cent to 7 percent in favour of strike action. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Firefighters who are members of Siptu have voted for strike action action over proposed reforms to the emergency medical service operated by the Dubli(...)

Ireland’s oldest intact working lighthouse opens its doors to visitors

  NEWS Love and light The world’s oldest intact working lighthouse, Hook Head in Co Wexford, is open this weekend for a special €10 tour.(...)

I skipped right past fear and went directly to loathing

We were somewhere between the calling of Ohio and Wisconsin when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like, “I feel a bit light-h(...)

US president-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan. Patrick Freyne takes us through the unthinkable as it happened. Photograph: Reuters

Who is the 45th president of America? Who is this era’s Zachary Taylor or Millard Fillmore or, to bring it up to date, Immortan Joe? Who has won Amer(...)