Bessborough Centre, Blackrock, Co Cork is a former mother and baby home, operated by the Sacred Heart nuns. File photograph: Provision

Proposed legislation for the excavation of mothers’ and babies’ remains at sites once run by religious orders “falls far, far short” of what was “prom(...)

Jack Charlton. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Former Ireland football manager Jack Charlton, who died earlier this year, and World Health Organisation official Dr Michael Ryan are among 14 recipie(...)

 Protesters march down 5th avenue  on June 10th in New York City. Photograph: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

There are no racists in the United States. I immigrated here 27 years ago, and I have never met anyone who would call themselves a racist. And yet&nbs(...)

Prof Gerry Whyte from TCD. Photograph: Alan Betson

Repealing the Eighth Amendment will not take the Republic back to the constitutional position on abortion that existed prior to its enactment in 1983,(...)

British ambassador to Ireland Lord Rugby, Irish president Seán T Kelly, British prime minister Clement Atlee and presidential secretary Michael McDunphy in 1948

Over the last year new attention has focused on the idea of Irish unity. Sinn Féin has called for a Border poll, reunification has become a subject of(...)

‘There is little evidence to suggest that migrants, from the EU in particular, push down wages or displace the jobs of domestic workers.’ File photograph: Ben Borg Cardona/AFP/Getty Images

Patrick Pearse believed that our island could support 30 million people or more. Is the objective of a much higher population desirable though? Are th(...)

St Vincent’s University Hospital in south Dublin is currently owned by the Sisters of Charity, who are to cede control to a new private charitable entity.

Controversies about the role of the Catholic Church in Irish public life in recent years have drawn attention to the wealth the church has accumulated(...)

The letter points to the political and financial support which successive Irish governments have given the Palestinian people. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Almost 90 leading artists, academics and former ambassadors have signed a letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny urging the Government to formally recognise t(...)

Denis O’Brien objected that the constitutional provision  gives an enormous power which may be abused. Photograph: Collins Courts

Denis O’Brien’s most recent High Court case concerned Dáil statements made after he had obtained injunctions ordering RTÉ not to publish the very info(...)

By second year,  females from middle-class professional backgrounds maintain interest in education while another group begins  actively disengaging from school work. Photograph: Getty Images

Children return to school today after the Christmas break and for many of those in third year the mock Junior Certificate exams are only weeks away. (...)

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