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 Shane MacGowan pictured backstage at the National Concert Hall  with President Michael D Higgins, Johnny Depp and Victoria Mary Clarke. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Some of Ireland’s best known politicians, musicians and artists are attending a tribute gala to the former Pogues singer Shane MacGowan who turned 60 (...)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

This will be the year Ireland embarks on a path to implementing substantial carbon taxes; attempts to counter rising greenhouse gas emissions and sets(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: neither Fianna Fáil nor Fine Gael has an obvious candidate to oppose Michael D Higgins if he runs again. Within Fine Gael, Ms Fitzgerald’s name has been mentioned. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are becoming increasingly nervous about contesting the presidential election if President Michael D Higgins opts for a secon(...)

Science: Making a better world

The success of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is a telling indicator of the health of Irish science. Participation is a reliable pre(...)

Liam Neeson  was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad  at Áras an Uachtaráin by  President Michael D Higghins. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Liam Neeson has spoken at countless awards ceremonies and public engagements over the years. Yet, the actor professes to having a “genuine fear” of pu(...)

Peter Sutherland:  President Michael D Higgins  commended his efforts in “tirelessly campaigning for global solutions to human trafficking and forced migration”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The funeral of former attorney general and statesman Peter Sutherland is to take place on Thursday in Donnybrook in Dublin. His remains reposed at Ca(...)

Clodagh Clarke and Abbie Cassidy, students from Ringsend College in Dublin,  at the BT Young Scientist of the Year exhibition at the RDS on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The critical role the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition plays in helping to generate Irish talent in science, technology, engineering and m(...)

‘Fight between aborigines and mounted whites’, by Samuel Calvert (1828-1913). Image: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales/Wikimedia

After I arrived in Melbourne back in the 1980s, it wasn’t uncommon to hear crude Aboriginal jokes. Needless to say, these “jokes” were unbelievably of(...)

Funeral of Donal Barrington pictured at St. Patrick’s Church, Monkstown Co Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The former Supreme Court judge, Donal Barrington, saw the Constitition as a living, breathing document that respected the human rights of all, his fun(...)

In a word . . . Gimp

What a day! Little Christmas. Women’s Christmas. Orthodox Christmas Eve. Feast of the Epiphany. It hardly seems fair that January 6th should be so end(...)

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