REFERENDUM PROMISED – Senators  Ivana Bacik and   Jillian van Turnhout, voting in 2013 as members of the Convention on the Constitution to repeal  the Constitutional prohibition on  blasphemy Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Charlie Hebdo murders, and the revulsion they evoked are salutary reminders of the vital importance of a free press in a democratic society. But n(...)

Press Ombudsman John Horgan announced on Friday that he will retire on September 1st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Press Ombudsman Prof John Horgan announced yesterday that he will retire on September 1st. He has held the position since it was created, along(...)