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The late Seán Freyne, whom former president Mary McAleese said was “the quintessential Irishman, always asking the probing question”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

One of Ireland’s best-loved and most respected theologians, Seán Freyne, has died in Dublin. Director of the Centre for Mediterranean and Near Eastern(...)

The President’s discretion

The decision by President Michael D Higgins to convene the Council of State on Monday for consultations on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bil(...)

President Michael D. Higgins is to hold a meeting of the Council of State at Áras an Uachtaráin next Monday over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has announced he will convene a meeting of the Council of State to seek its advice on whether or not he should refer th(...)

President Michael D Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin with members of the Council of State (from left) Prof Gearoid Ó Tuathaigh, Ruairí McKiernan Prof Gerard Quinn, Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness Prof Deirdre Heenan, Sally Mulready and Michael Farrell. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill cleared another hurdle with its passage through the Seanad last night, but there could yet be a few turns(...)

The Seanad Chamber at Leinster House. Senators will today being debating the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Even though the passage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill is assured, there is still at least a week of debate in Seanad Eireann on the (...)

It was late October 2000, and opinion was split around the cabinet table. In a landmark ruling a few weeks previously, the High Court had decided that(...)

Challenging prejudice

A growth in anti-immigrant sentiment during the past decade is a cause for concern, particularly as it echoes an increase in racial abuse experienced (...)

The fireworks display at the opening ceremony of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games at Croke Park. Photograph: Alan Betson
Special memories

Tracy Piggott, RTÉ presenterIt was such a magical experience with so much outpouring of goodwill and affection. I remember particularly one event in t(...)

Martin O’Malley: “There is among the Irish, by and large in America, a keen and heartfelt awareness that we are a nation of nations and we have all been strangers in a foreign land at one point.” Photograph: David Sleator

Martin O’Malley couldn’t figure out why the president of Ireland wanted to meet him. It was 2000 and he had been elected mayor of Baltimore just a few(...)

Former president Mary McAleese and her husband, Dr Martin McAleese, pose at the ceremonial stone at the naming ceremony for the Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Bridge at Oldbridge House in Drogheda as Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams speak in the background.

Building bridges was a theme of former president of Ireland Mary McAleese during her two terms of office and now a landmark bridge has been named afte(...)

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