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Funeral of IRA man and ex-hunger striker Kevin McKenna at St Mary’s Chapel, Magherarney, Smithborough. Photograph by Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

First came the sound; the refrain of the pipes, carrying through the hot, still air. Then the guard of honour shimmered into view – men and women, lin(...)

Expressions of sympathy on the late former TD Jackie Healy Rae were heard in the Dáil on Wednesday, nearly five years after his death. File photograph: Eric Luke

Lunchtime on Wednesday in Leinster House. The corridors are quiet. Leo Varadkar is still in the chamber answering routine questions about his departm(...)

Michael and Danny Healy-Rae outside the Dáil. Three more members  have now joined the family’s political machine. Photograph: Getty Images

Shortly after 2pm on Sunday outside the count centre in Killarney, Co Kerry, the Healy-Rae wagons lined up for what is now the family’s traditional vi(...)

A file image of  two Northern fishing boats seized by the Naval Service for fishing in an exclusion zone off the State’s coast. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Lawyers for fishermen who won a Supreme Court case over access by Northern Ireland vessels to Irish waters have written to President Michael D Higgins(...)

 O’Donoghue’s on Suffolk St, Dublin 2. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Receivers are entitled to an injunction requiring a publican to vacate a Dublin city centre premises so it can be used to help pay off a €6 million de(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris wore his usual pale and pinched worried expression. Photograph: James Forde

Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris settled into their front bench seats as TDs trickled into the chamber for the big debate. Sinn Féin had moved a motion(...)

Mary Lou McDonald on the screen during the Sinn Féin special ardfheis held in the RDS. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

For some members, it was as simple as a change in colour. Purple was just too much. After the presidential election, a low point of Mary Lou McDonald(...)

Niece of the late Anthony O’Mahony, Ann O’Carroll: her uncle  died when Martin Ferris drove a teleporter into him after a decades-long row. Photograph: Collins Courts

Provocation as a legal defence to murder comes from the days when men tended to be armed and were honour-bound to avenge any personal insult “by insta(...)

The DUP leader Arlene Foster said Mary Lou McDonald had fundamental questions to answer “following Sinn Féin’s hysterical response to John Downey’s arrest”. Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has “fundamental” questions to answer following Sinn Féin’s “hysterical response” to the arrest of John Downey in r(...)

Minister for Paschal Donohoe  in advance of delivering Budget 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Hotels, cinemas, museums, hairdressers, restaurants and cafes face a Vat hike of 4.5 per cent after the Dáil voted to reverse the concession introduce(...)

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