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Chief operations officer Kay Connolly (left) with Minister for Health  Simon Harris and Master of the National Maternity Hospital  Dr Rhona Mahony with the model of the proposed new facility.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health Simon Harris has indicated the State will seek a stake in the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) after its tra(...)

Prof John Crown has called on St Vincent’s University Hospital to declare its independence. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leading medical experts have called on the board of St Vincent’s University Hospital to provide public assurances that the facility operates independe(...)

Senator Rónán Mullen presents an Easter chicken to Senator Michelle Mulherin outside Leinster House. Photograph: John Mc Elroy.

Hot on the heels of the cuckoo comes Rónán Mullen and his chickens. It is a sure sign that Easter is on the way when the Galway Senator arrives in Le(...)

 Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen with party colleagues Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee and Willie O’Dea. Bazza wasn’t going to be pushed around anymore by Coveney or Enda Kenny or any other Blueshirt. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Emotionally drained, after a turbulent year, the brave men and women marched down the plinth and faced the press. They were determined to be themselve(...)

The remains of the late cardinal Connell at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin reflected on the age profile of those present at the funeral Mass for Cardinal Desmond Connell yesterday , as re(...)

 An Independent Senator said there were significant issues of public concern in the greyhound industry which received State funding of €16m a year. File photograph: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

A man banned from working in the greyhound industry in Australia for using live animals for baiting, is now working in a kennel in Ireland, the Seanad(...)

‘Brendan Ogle will announce he is retiring from trade union activism to pursue a full-time career in light entertainment.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

JANUARY On New Year’s Day, as temperatures across the country plunge, a select group of financiers and property developers gather at the Central Ban(...)

Cuban president Fidel Castro, left, and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev hug at the United Nations in this late 1960 image. Photograph: AP/Marty Lederhandler

Fidel Castro was “a towering figure of the 20th century” with a “troublesome record” on human rights, according to unused speaking notes prepared for (...)

Gerry Adams, who this year said: “My teddy bears are virgins.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politician of the Year: Is there one? It was a very disjointed time on the political front. For the best part of the first six months, sitting TDs a(...)

A file image from 1989 shows a  white dove landing on Cuban president Fidel Castro’s shoulder as he delivers a speech to Cuban youth  in Havana.

Suggestions that President Michael D Higgins neglected human rights concerns in his statement on Fidel Castro are “both unsustainable and unwarranted’(...)

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