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US first lady Melania Trump listens as president Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on Thursday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Donald Trump tried on Thursday to distance himself from chants of “send her back” that rippled through his campaign rally in North Caroli(...)

Michael D Higgins  has the single greatest quality that any politician can have: people like him. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

From a situation where it was presumed in many quarters that nobody at all would challenge Michael D Higgins for the presidency, it now seems that a q(...)

Seán Gallagher reacts as Martin McGuinness tackles him on the issue of a Fianna Fáil fundraiser. Photograph: RTÉ

Seán Gallagher almost became president in 2011 until his campaign imploded in the final days of the campaign. But what exactly happened? It had been,(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attend the National Day of Commemoration ceremony at   Collins Barracks in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

With exquisite timing for those of us facing the silly season bereft of real political news, the prospect of a presidential election shimmied into vie(...)

President Michael D Higgins with two former presidents, Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson, at Áras an Uachtaráin in 2013. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Among all the talk this week about who will or will not contest a presidential election and whether parties will support them, very little has been sa(...)

Mary Davis said women in her mother’s generation tore apart “that matrix of discrimination that hemmed in women for such a long time”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Building a more inclusive world remains a key challenge for today’s society despite the progress made in recent years, the head of Special Olympics Ma(...)

 Sonia O’Sullivan presenting Mary Davis of Special Olympics the Outstanding Achievement award at The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Everything about Sonia O’Sullivan presenting Mary Davis with the outstanding contribution to women’s sport award was entirely fitting. For O’Sullivan,(...)

 Jessica Harrington  the overall winner of the   Sportswoman of the Year Award with Mary Davis who claimed the Outstanding Achievement award at the  The Irish Times-Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Winners sometimes come up on the inside and surprise a few people at the finishing post, and it felt a bit like that as Jessica Harrington was announc(...)

 Trainer Jessica Harrington has been named The Irish Times / Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year for 2017.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Leading horse trainer Jessica Harrington has been crowned The Irish Times / Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year for 2017. A memorable year for the (...)

Ivana Bacik
What Mandela meant to me
  • Africa
  • December 6, 2013, 13:50

Ivana Bacik Senator and academicI think Nelson Mandela has had an immense impact on the world. He has been a shining example of the power of forgivene(...)

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