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Dick Barry (second from right)  former Fine Gael TD and minister of state seen in  1974. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Former Fine Gael TD and minister of state Dick Barry who died on Sunday at the age of 93 was yesterday praised for his willing(...)

Presidential boundaries

Not so long ago, the term “intellectual” qualified as a dirty word. It was used to dismiss people who challenged established orthodoxies. One o(...)

The expression “legends in their own lunchtime” wouldn’t come close to summing up the gathering of literary l(...)

Doonreagan House, Cashel in Connemara where the first Ted Hughes Weekend will be held to mark the British Poet laureate’s connection withthe area.

When North American poet, novelist and short-story writer Sylvia Plath died 50 years ago, her husband, the celebrated p(...)

Fashion at Punchestown racecourse today. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The crowds have begun flooding into Punchestown for day one of the 2013 racing festival. Today’s action will see a total of seven races w(...)

“My daughter woke up this week and cried about how much she missed her friends at school in the Mercy in Galway,” said a former resident of Lisbrook House. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A cross-party group of Senators is lending its support to a nationwide “day of action” tomorrow to highlight the “inhumanity” of the direct pro(...)

President Michael D Higgins has called for a fresh start to be made  now, in the midst of the financial crisis. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

People need to make a fresh start based on ethics, the President has told a conference, adding a new and fairer society would not automatically(...)

President Michael D Higgins addresses journalists at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, yesterday. “The inspiration and the achievements of the founders of the European Union cannot be taken for granted,” the President said in his speech to the parliament. Photograph: Reuters/Vincent Kessler

Europe needs to reassert the “idealism, intellectual strength and moral courage” that drove the founding fathers of the union, President Michae(...)

President Michael D Higgins addresses journalists during a press briefing at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Reuters

Europe needs to reassert the "idealism, intellectual strength and moral courage" that drove the founding fathers of the union, President Michae(...)

Ireland signs a three-year € 21m partnership agreement with the UN World Food Programme in Dublin Castle yesterday. From left: Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the UN World Food Programme; Minister for Agriculture, Food and Development Simon Coveney and Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The persistence of hunger in the 21st century represents “the grossest of human rights violations” (...)

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