Michael D Higgins

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Alan Gaffney: “I just think they are very, very strong and they have got a lot of depth at the present time and full credit to the coaches all over the provinces.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Australia will fear Ireland, when they host them in their first ever three-match Test series next year, because of what Joe Schmidt’s side have achiev(...)

   The comedian Magda Szubanski,  who revealed she was gay in 2012, has become emotional in TV interviews during the campaign, talking about a lesbian friend who was forced to “stand outside and listen to the screams” of her terminally ill partner because they were not legally married.

One of Australia’s best-known TV personalities, comedian Magda Szubanski, thought Ireland would serve as a template for passing same-sex marriage ther(...)

Deputy Irish PM Frances Fitzgerald, Sabina Coyne, Irish President Michael Higgins and ARU Chief Bull Pulver at Australia Rugby Union HQ in Sydney. Photograph: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins said that he was “more than optimistic” that Australia would support Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup after (...)

Simon Zebo is tackled during Ireland and Australia’s last meeting at the Aviva Stadium last year. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Australia will host Ireland in the first three-test rugby series between the countries in June 2018, the country’s rugby union announced on a visit by(...)

 Linda Burney:  first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Australia’s House of Representatives

The first Aboriginal woman to be elected to Australia’s House of Representatives has said that it must be acknowledged that the Irish were among the c(...)

President Michael D Higgins talks with New South Wales’ Governor David Hurley as they walk in the garden with Frances Fitzgerald at Government House in Sydney. Photograph: Steve Christo/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins has encouraged Australian entrepreneurs to work in Ireland “as a bridge” to the European Union and Irish companies to work(...)

President Michael Higgins (centre) talks with New South Wales’ governor David Hurley(right) as they walk in the garden with TánaisteFrances Fitzgerald at Government House in Sydney on October 17th, 2017. Photograph: AFP

President Michael D Higgins has brushed off reports that Fianna Fáil may decide early next year whether to put forward a presidential candidate in 201(...)

Clare O’Neill died when a tree hit her car in Co Waterford and Michael Pike died while cutting a tree in Co Tipperary during Storm Ophelia

President Michael D Higgins expressed sympathy with the relatives of the three people killed in Storm Ophelia and said he hoped for “a spirit of co-op(...)

The Mediation Act 2017 aims to promote mediation as a viable, effective and efficient alternative to court proceedings to reduce costs, speed up resolutions and relieve  stress of  going to court.

Legislation to promote mediation as an alternative to court proceedings in civil disputes has been signed into law. The Mediation Act 2017 aims to pr(...)

President  Michael D Higgins (L) shakes hands with the Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull ahead of a meeting at Parliament House in Canberra. Photograph: Lukas Coch/Reuters/Pool

President Michael D Higgins shared the Government’s concerns about the impact of Brexit on Ireland during a meeting with the Australia prime minister (...)

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