President Michael D Higgins speaking after the inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Irish Government Pool/Maxwells

This is the full text of the inaugural speech given by President Michael D Higgins on Sunday, November 11th at Dublin Castle: I want to thank you, th(...)

 President Michael D Higgins at the beginning of the presidential inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle on Sunday. Photograph: Maxwells

A happy event. A bit like fitting the nation with replacement windows to keep out the draught for another seven years. On this occasion, all done und(...)

Michael D Higgins is inaugurated for his second term as President, at St Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dedicating himself to the building of “a real and beautiful Republic of inclusivity, creativity, imagination, love and indeed joy”, Michael D Higgins (...)

 Chief Justice Frank Clarke at the inauguration of Michael D Higgins for his second term as President, at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Atheist Ireland on Sunday launched its “One Oath For All” campaign to enable conscientious atheists to hold the offices of President, judge, and Taois(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the presidential inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle.  Photograph: Maxwells/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins recalled a key principle of the Democratic Programme of the first Dáil of January 1919, in his inaugural address for his s(...)

US soldiers at Hidalgo, Texas,  apply 300 metres of wire on the Mexico border. Photograph: ALEXANDRA MINOR/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration has said it will deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally. It is invoking presidential national security powe(...)

Galway Traveller Movement members Anne Ward and Annie McDonagh. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Do people have positive experiences of Traveller culture? Why has an 18-year-old promise to update hate crime legislation not been updated? And should(...)

Ryan Tubridy and Peter Casey during last Friday’s ‘Late Late Show’. Photograph: Screengrab/RTÉ

The runner-up in the recent presidential election, Peter Casey, has said he was “shocked” at his treatment during an interview on RTÉ’s The Late Late (...)

Peter Casey: Targeting Travellers and social-welfare recipients wasn’t about winning the presidency. It was an investment for the future, an attempt to find his constituency. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A phrase you see a lot of on social media is Telling-It-Like-It-Is. All too often this means boiling down a complex problem to a set of simple compone(...)

Peter Casey ‘appears to advocate a return to the assimilationist policies of the past’ in relation to Travellers. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Back in the day, in the early 1990s, politicians and political parties were greedy and careless. Anti-Traveller sentiment was an assured vote-catcher.(...)

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