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German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron are among several European leaders who do not have children. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Theresa May (British prime minister), Emmanuel Macron (president of France) and Angela Merkel (chancellor of Germany). World leaders, and child-free. (...)

Presidential candidate Gavin Duffy speaking to media in  Dublin. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

It’s 10am on a weekday and a bus pulls up in rural Co Kildare. In front of us is a rugby pitch, the home ground of Barnhall RFC. Its most famous playe(...)

Aisling Dooley    is  conscious of the environmental impact of not eating meat.

On a day when a UN report found the immediate consequences of climate change are worse than previously thought, customers and staff at a Dublin restau(...)

“Despite all of this unequivocal evidence supporting ambitious climate action, Ireland’s performance in meeting the goals of the Paris agreement and EU directives has been dismal”

The stark findings of the UN “1.5 degrees” report on global warming “heralds the end of the fossil fuel era”, according to climate justice campaigner (...)

Mary Robinson, a former UN commissioner for human rights. “Like many 1 Million Women members, I struggle to lower my own carbon footprint one item at a time.” File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images

I’m humbled to admit that I am a relative latecomer to the issue of climate change. When I served as United Nations high commissioner for human rights(...)

“We’re hearing some snippy commentary  that the majority of the Take Back the City protestors are young and middle class.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In late 1969, a group of students occupied 45 St Stephen’s Green, then a Georgian building in a poor state of repair. Such was the novelty of this at (...)

Josepha Madigan: “I loved The Killing of a Sacred Deer, even though it terrified me.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Favourite current book I’ve just finished a book of 16 fascinating short stories called The Far Side of Happiness by Gerry Boland, which he gave me w(...)

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina are pictured at the  National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Presidential candidates have descended on the opening of the National Ploughing Championships in Co Offaly, which more than 300,000 people are expecte(...)

Áras an Uachtaráin: When Mary Robinson arrived in the park, the tone and meaning of the presidency seemed to change. Photograph: Frank Miller

Here are a few things the President of Ireland cannot do: the President can’t promote business or end corruption or keep immigrants out. The President(...)

Race for Áras an Uachtaráin: top row, Jimmy Smyth, Patrick Feeney, John Groarke, Pádraig Ó Céidigh. Middle row: Kevin Sharkey, Sarah Louise Mulligan, Seán Gallagher, Joan Freeman. Bottom row: Gemma O’Doherty, Gavin Duffy, Sinn Féin’s as-yet-unannounced candidate, President Michael D Higgins

There are just under three weeks to go until nominations close for the role of president, and the latest polls suggest that four out of every five Iri(...)

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