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Maireád McGuinness: a rare example of a journalist making a successful career change into politics. File photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness, who has been appointed as European commissioner in charge of financial services and financial stability, is a rare e(...)

SDLP leader John Hume pictured in January 1987. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The national and international standing of Nobel Laureate John Hume has been reflected in the flood of tributes paid to him for his work in achieving (...)

Anne Soupa being interviewed on the porch of the Église de la Madeleine. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

A frail-looking grandmother of eight from Lyon led dozens of French women this week in the founding act of Toutes Apôtres, All-Women Apostles. The gro(...)

Sonic arrangements in the infinite fill, by Candida Powell-Williams, a Void Offsites project for Void Gallery, 2020. Image courtesy of Tansy Cowley and Void Gallery

It must be uncomfortably precarious being up on a pedestal these days. As tensions spill over into action and whitewashed views of history are finally(...)

Former GAA President Liam O’Neill hopes some changes can be made over the current period. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Last month, Liam O’Neill was among the first to call for the GAA simply to draw a line under the 2020 season. The former president, whose term ran unt(...)

 Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton kicks the winning point in injury time to clinch victory over Kerry in the memorable 2011 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Sportsfile

Bear with me a moment as I start off by digressing a little. It is five years since Bryan Cullen has lifted the Sam Maguire Cup to end the drought and(...)

Temperatures are checked as people arrive at the St Patrick’s Day gala ball in the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala. Photograph: Sally Hayden

As European countries were cancelling their St Patrick’s Day celebrations, Uganda’s were in full swing. Three days of events kicked off last week wit(...)

Where and when have Roman Catholic women with a sense of vocation to the priesthood been listened to by Francis or his predecessors? Photograph:  Getty Images

Pope Francis’s reaffirmation of the exclusion of women from ordination (Holy Orders) in his recent exhortation Beloved Amazonia (Querida Amazonia) rem(...)

Former president Mary McAleese. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Former president Mary McAleese has told a UN conference that “it is hard to credit” that homelessness in Ireland grew by 150 per cent in the four year(...)

In the RTÉ radio studio, while presenting the summer programme Sunday with Keelin Shanley in 2018.

Keelin Shanley, who has died aged 51, was an accomplished journalist and broadcaster known for her curiosity, empathy and versatility. Her interviewin(...)

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