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Former president  Mary Robinson speaking at the  Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s  public sector conference at  DCU. Photograph:   Crispin Rodwell

Public servants need to provide “an emergency response” to the climate crisis, former president Mary Robinson has said. In an address to 800 represen(...)

 By introducing women-specific funding goals, Enterprise Ireland trebled the percentage of women-led high potential start-ups it is promoting, its entrepreneur manager Sheelagh Daly said. Photograph: iStock

Irish Ambassador to France Patricia O’Brien hosted a seminar in Paris on “how women are redefining the codes” in business on Friday morning. “We are(...)

Starving peasants in 1846 clamour at the gates of a workhouse during the Irish potato famine. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty

Former British prime minister John Major stepped in to stop plans for a service commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine in 1996 amid f(...)

“We need to reform our language around dementia and stop regarding sufferers as sub-human and ‘no longer there’.”Photograph: iStock

All too often we hear dementia referred to as the thief that steals the individual; the person is the “patient” or “sufferer”, a “shell of her former (...)

In May 1996 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said the party would sign up to the Mitchell Principles on non-violence. Photograph: Reuters/Marcel Bieri/Swiss-Images

The IRA ceasefire broke down in 1996, plunging the peace process into turmoil. The year opened with the RUC chief constable, Sir Hugh Annesley, sayin(...)

A woman carries her luggage past a sign of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Reuters

1. There is a profound disconnect between people and politicians: As the UN climate talks moved into crunch phase, almost 200 global leaders landed i(...)

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland takes part in a Climate Action dialogue at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25. Photograph: Cristina Quicler / AFP

UN secretary general António Guterres called on the world’s major economies on Wednesday to signal more ambitious commitments to cut greenhouse emissi(...)

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson at the UN climate change conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Cristina Quicler/AFP via Getty Images

An international declaration which, if adopted, would legally recognise the right of children to a healthy environment has been unveiled at the COP25 (...)

Newly elected Chancellor of the University and former president of Ireland, Prof Mary McAleese (front left) in Trinity on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Former president of Ireland Prof Mary McAleese has been inaugurated as the new chancellor of Trinity College Dublin. She succeeds another former pre(...)

Mary Robinson: Access to justice is at the ‘very core of democracy’ and without it and the rule of law, ‘we don’t have anything’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

More than five billion people worldwide have no meaningful access to justice and the problem has worsened in the last two decades, former president Ma(...)

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