Merrion strand: the beach is the first in Ireland to face a permanent bathing ban.

Swimming is to be banned at Merrion strand in Dublin Bay because of persistent problems with bathing water quality – it is the first Irish beach to ha(...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton is to address Ireland’s changing relationship with the UK post-Brexit when he delivers the Daniel O’Connell Lecture at the Daniel O’Connell Summer School. File photograph: Daniel Barry/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Daniel O’Connell spent much of his life redefining Ireland’s relationship with Britain, and this year’s Daniel O’Connell Summer School will provide a (...)

John Bruton follows in the footsteps of former president Mary McAleese who gave last year’s address. Photograph: David Sleator

Former taoiseach John Bruton has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at this year’s Daniel O’Connell Summer School in Co Kerry. Director of the Dan(...)