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Pope Francis:  organisers of the World Meeting of Families have removed his inclusive language on the family and LGBTI+ pictures from their pamphlets, and deleted references to gay families by a bishop in the catechesis. Photograph: Angelo Carconi

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone sought assurances from Tánaiste Simon Coveney that no State funding would be used to finance the World Meeting(...)

  Peter Casey decided to save his floundering campaign by picking at the scab of Ireland’s deepest prejudice. Photograph:   Collins

When I was a child, there was a fad for good news/bad news jokes. The dentist tells the patient: “I have good news and bad news. The good news is that(...)

Presidential election ballot papers at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Michael D Higgins has beaten his own 2011 record by securing the largest number of votes in Irish presidential election history, topping the poll in e(...)

The Irish president is endowed with relatively few powers, but from the presidency of Mary Robinson onwards, the role has acquired tremendous symbolic(...)

Ireland’s presidential candidates Peter Casey, Gavin Duffy, Joan Freeman, Sean Gallagher, President Michael D Higgins and Liadh Ní Riada: a poll on Wednesday put Higgins at almost 70 per cent. Photograph:   Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The 2018 presidential election campaign is often compared to the campaign of seven years ago. But for a more appropriate comparison, go back another s(...)

Paddy Duffy, former political adviser to Bertie Ahern, has died.  File photograph: Frank Miller

A former senior adviser to Bertie Ahern has died while travelling back to Dublin from Papau New Guinea with the former taoiseach. Paddy Duffy, who re(...)

Cork children Olan Hanrahan (7) from Charleville, Kumail Alhlaichi (5) from Blackpool, and Alex Madden (6) from Aherla have unleashed their superpowers for the ‘Mercy Heroes’, which raises funds for POONS, the Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nursing Service. The service allows children with cancer to receive treatment from the comfort of their own home. The Mercy Hospital Foundation in Cork is holding its fundraising day on Friday, October 19th. Register at mercyfundraising.ie to receive a ‘Mercy Heroes’ pack full of information and ideas. Photograph: Ed Godsell and John Allen

1) Only one in seven people bring their unused, out-of-date medications back to their pharmacy, where they can be disposed of safely, according to a n(...)

President Michael D Higgins: He believes it’s a “myth” that he had an easier campaign than others in 2011 and says his long experience means he might be tougher than his rivals.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

It’s always harder the second time. Back in 2011, Michael D Higgins had dodgy knees but was the only one left standing as his rivals were toppled in (...)

President Michael D Higgins speaks to reporters. Photograph: PA

President Michael D Higgins has given some details of the spending of a unaudited €317,000 annual Áras An Uachtaráin allowance. Earlier this week Mr (...)

Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher speaks to Sean O’Rourke at RTÉ Radio studios on Tuesday. Photograph: Collins

Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher has said he is “very proud” of his time in Fianna Fáil and denied he had tried to hide his involvement with the (...)

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