Michael D Higgins

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It is the nature of public debate in our society to frame every statement as a confrontation, which is why President Michael D Higgins remains an enig(...)

President Michael D Higgins speaking at a  reception to mark World Philosophy Day at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Rebuilding social cohesion in Europe will not be achieved by the “rhetorical flourishes” of French president Emmanuel Macron and others but requires f(...)

The Bill’s passage brings to an end bitter divisions generated by the charges, which saw thousands of people take to the streets in protest marches. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto.

MICHAEL O’REGAN Refunding those who paid their water charges came a step closer yesterday when the Seanad passed the Water Services Bill. It now go(...)

Members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Are they facing a merger with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra? Photograph: Mark Stedman

It was only last year, when working on the book The Invisible Art, A Century of Music in Ireland 1916-2016, that I came to realise the full enormity o(...)

Trainer Joseph O’Brien holds the Melbourne Cup trophy  after his horse Rekindling won race seven  at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Ireland’s Melbourne Cup pioneer Dermot Weld has acclaimed Joseph O’Brien’s success with Rekindling in “the race that stops a nation” as a “wonderful (...)

 President Higgins speaking on the last day of his State visit to New Zealand. Photograph: Maxwells

President Michael D Higgins has said New Zealand and Ireland face a similar set of problems in tackling climate change and the two nations should not (...)

Ruth Fitzmaurice with her children at the funeral of her husband, film director Simon Fitzmaurice, at St Kilian’s Church, Blacklion, Greystones, today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Film director Simon Fitzmaurice remained “full of humour” and “jolly and courageous” right up until his death, despite his difficult battle with motor(...)

Former UN assistant secretary general Denis Halliday has handed back a president’s medal awarded to him by NUI Galway literary and debating society in 2010  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former UN official Denis Halliday has handed back a medal he received from NUI Galway in protest over the conferring of an honorary doctorate on forme(...)

 Enda Kenny  with first-year students Seán Reynolds and Ellen Healy at NUI Galway where he received an honorary doctorate in laws. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

“Do you like my cap?” beamed Enda Kenny as he stepped out on to NUI Galway’s quadrangle in university robes. Unrelenting Atlantic rain had cleared, a(...)

President Higgins and his wife Sabina meet Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner (l). Also pictured is IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Australian travel company Flight Centre is to create 30 jobs in its operation in Ireland over the next five years, bringing staff numbers in Dublin to(...)

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