Noel Whelan

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 ‘It is equally important to hear the experience of people conceived through reproductive technology who are now adults, who believe passionately that no government anywhere in the world provides sufficient safeguards, and that therefore there is currently no such thing as ethical surrogacy. ’ Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Once, on a radio programme, I did so badly on an important issue that I could not even come into my home after it. Instead, I walked mechanically four(...)

Mark Whelan was high on drugs when he stabbed and slashed his victim 18 times, Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

A senior judge has said the “shocking and horrifying” case of a man who stabbed his daughter’s partner to death whilst high on a cocktail of drugs est(...)

Professor of biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin Luke O’Neill speaks to journalist Zara King at the Kennedy Summer School

After an absence last year due to pandemic, the Kennedy Summer School has resumed this weekend with a series of discussion panels around Irish and Ame(...)

US president  Barack Obama addressing members of the public at Gollege Green, Dublin, during a ceremony as part of his visit to Ireland in May 2011. Photograph: Alan Betson

My family left Ireland for America seven generations ago. To the best of our knowledge, Patrick Keenan left Cork sometime in the 1770s. He was counted(...)

 Many Irish people have made their home in Leeds in the last half-century. Photograph: Getty Images

Leeds United’s whirlwind start to the Premier League season has brought the city into the consciousness of many Irish people in a way that it perhaps (...)

More than two decades after he was described as ‘the next taoiseach’, Micheál Martin is finally poised to lead his BACK-FROM-THE-dead party into go(...)

Yes to equality: Panti Bliss (Rory O'Neill) in the courtyard at Dublin Castle on May 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

ON THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFERENDUM THAT CHANGED HOW WE SAW OURSELVES, SOME OF THE ACTIVISTS INVOLVED REVISIT THAT TIME It’s a diffe(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: ‘As somebody who has already been keen on getting things done, combing my radical, idealistic spirit with a pragmatic approach, yes I would love to have the opportunity to be in Government again.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone would like a different portfolio if in Government after the election, she says. Speaking after an event in Ta(...)

Sinead McSweeney and her son Séamus follow the remains of  husband and father Noel Whelan at the Church of the Holy Name in Ranelagh. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Political commentator and barrister Noel Whelan was a “force in the world” who “never wasted a day”, his funeral Mass has heard. Sinéad McSweeney des(...)

At the launch of his 2011 book, Fianna Fáil: A Biography of the Party.  Noel Whelan, with his son Séamus, then aged 2. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Noel Whelan Born: November 24th, 1968 Died: July 10th, 2019 Noel Whelan was a remarkable individual who combined a range of successful careers in h(...)

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