Michael D Higgins

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President Michael D Higgins: remarks come amid concerns over the funding of the State’s new combined human rights and equality watchdog

National Human Rights Commissions must be strong, independent and properly resourced to pursue their important work, President Michael D Higgins has s(...)

Thousands  at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois,  on Wednesday Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Is there no end to the success of the National Ploughing Championships ? It filled the equivalent of three Croke Parks this year. It attracted more th(...)

Election emigration: overseas citizens might be affected by decisions made about social welfare, education, taxation, immigration, broadcasting and consular protection, even if they plan never to move back. Photograph:  Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

At a meeting hosted by the London Irish Lawyers Association to debate the future of Seanad Éireann, about 80 Irish people are packing out the National(...)

A section of the bumper first-day attendance at the National Ploughing Championships, at Ratheniska , Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke

Where else would you get it? Hundreds of people were gathered around a shed in Ratheniska, intently watching a herd of 40 cows. Occasionally a cow app(...)

 Liam Downey, Laois.

Liam DowneyCo LaoisLast year was a better year than this year when you look at prices. The price of corn went down from €210 to €150 this year, which (...)

President Michael D Higgins with Brendan Greene of  Ratheniska at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

in RatheniskaHelping young farmers to access land is the greatest challenge facing modern agriculture, President Michael D Higgins said at the opening(...)

Emily O’Reilly in her office as she prepares to publish her final report as Ombudsman today before taking up the role of European Ombudsman in Strasbourg. On the wall behind her hang portraits of her two predecessors, Michael Mills (left) and  Kevin Murphy. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An apocryphal tale has it that a former Canadian ombudsman deliberately avoided reading the piece of law establishing his office; that way he never kn(...)

 John Kirby from  Clonakilty, Co. Cork, and Shane McHugh from Co  Leitrim, prepare livestock for display at the National Ploughing Championships, at Ratheniska , Stradbally, Co. Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

All roads are leading to Stradbally today where President Michael D Higgins opened the 82nd National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, outside th(...)

The Chinese are coming. So are the New Zealanders, the British and many more international visitors. The 82nd National Ploughing Championships open th(...)

Ploughing at last year’s event in Heathpark, New Ross, Co Wexford. Conditions will be better this year at the National Ploughing Championships though there is a chance of scattered showers on Wednesday and Thursday, Met Éireann said.

Flip flops rather than wellingtons could be in order at the National Ploughing Championships in Laois this week with warm sunshine promised for the op(...)

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