Mary Robinson

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The Seanad chamber at Leinster House. There is a rather queasy line of inheritance that
which
 runs from 1930s corporatism through 1990s social partnership to contemporary identity politics.

With little sign of passion or belief so far from the party troopers who have been wheeled out to sell the Yes argument on the airwaves, and the prosp(...)

File photograph: Alan Betson/ Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have put their authority on the line in the referendum to scrap the Seanad. Unloved the upper house ma(...)

The US is awaiting all official UN translations of the UN Arms Trade Treaty before signing it, US secretary of state John Kerry has said in a statement. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Minister of State for Development Joe Costello said it had been hoped the US would sign the first treaty to regulate the $70 billion (€53.6 billion) g(...)

Striped Jug and Flowers by Anne Redpath

A busy week in Dublin salerooms begins with Adam’s “Sunday Interiors” auction tomorrow at 11am with more than 600 lots including furniture, sil(...)

Former US president Jimmy Carter and former president Mary Robinson at the Department of Foreign Affairs Iveagh House during a visit hosted by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The EU should move to introduce proper labelling of goods produced on illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, for(...)

Former Irish president Mary Robinson and former US president Jimmy Carter. Photograph: Jeff Moore/The Elders

It began with a conversation between British tycoon Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel as they flew home after a fundraising concert for a (...)

President Michael D Higgins was saying the current ethos of the EU project, founded on the idea that markets know best, irrespective of the social cost, is an abomination.  Photograph: Frank Miller

There was nothing Michael D Higgins said to the European Parliament or in his interview with the Financial Times (...)

 President Michael D Higgins said Europe faced a “moral crisis” and called on European leaders to undertake a radical rethink about how they are handling the economic crisis. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

President Michael D Higgins’s forthright criticism of the European Union’s response to the financial crisis represents a direct intervention in(...)

Presidential boundaries

Not so long ago, the term “intellectual” qualified as a dirty word. It was used to dismiss people who challenged established orthodoxies. One o(...)

Climate change is a worthy issue which most of us feel we should be deeply concerned about - but not just yet. In the cosy Western World,(...)

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