Michael D Higgins

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Novelist Claire Kilroy, who will be  reading from her work at an event  today  hosted by the Irish ambassador to Belgium. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last Tuesday evening, the lights dimmed across the courtyards of the 17th-century Irish college in Leuven near Brussels, as attention turned to the cl(...)

President Michael D Higgins said: ‘Knowledge of history allows us to debunk myths and challenge inaccuracies as well as expose deliberate amnesia or invented versions of the past.’ Phototograph: Peter Houlihan

Knowledge of history is intrinsic to citizenship, President Michael D Higgins said last night as he stressed the importance of good history teaching.H(...)

 Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha,  with  Fionnuala Kenny, at a performance of Riverdance in the Gaiety Theatre. Photograph: Eric Luke

US first lady Michelle Obama stressed the importance of community, tradition and personal resilience in a speech to hundreds of students from schools (...)

Genealogists can say more about the Irish ancestry of US President Barack Obama than about former presidents such as John F Kennedy, according to t(...)

“The lockout shone a light on a Dublin that could never again be denied – one that would come to light in James Plunkett’s Strumpet City,” Mr Higgins said.

The lockout of 1913 shone a light on Dublin that could never again be denied, President Michael D Higgins said at a conference celebrating its centena(...)

Crowds gather for the funerals of Kenny, Paul and Shane Bolger at Crooke church, Co Waterford today. Photograph: Mary Browne

The sea may in a very short time have taken the lives of the three Bolger brothers, Paul, Kenny and Shane, but the love they left behind will endure a(...)

US president Barack Obama holds a guest’s baby during a Father’s Day luncheon in the  White House yesterday. The president is to address a youthful audience in the North about prospects for the region during his visit for the G8 summit. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/the New York Times

US president Barack Obama will deliver a landmark speech in Belfast on his visit to Northern Ireland for the G8 summit of world leaders on Monday, cal(...)

Savita Halappanavar: died at Galway University Hospital in October 2013.

Sunday October 21st:AM: Savita Halappanavar – 17 weeks pregnant – experiences back pain at her home and attends Galway University Hospital. Doctors wo(...)

Obamacare, which reactionaries in the United States see as socialist, will in fact give Americans better health treatment as well as lowering costs.

In the US, reactionaries on the right of the political spectrum frequently label as “socialists” those espousing policies, such as Obamacare in health(...)

President Michael D Higgins: shared some concern about the direction Irish universities were taking. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /Irish Times

Irish third-level institutions are “intimately engaged with regimes that have human rights’ questions to answer”, the former head of the Bahrain campu(...)

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