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Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan at the count centre for the local and European elections. File photograph: Keith Heneghan

Significant changes in Ireland’s representation in the European Parliament are likely at next year’s elections as boundary changes, retirements and el(...)

Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh: was first arrested in September 2010 on charges of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security and was imprisoned in Evin Prison. Photograph: Kaveh Kazemi/Getty

They are two women among hundreds of political prisoners in Iran. Both are incarcerated on the women’s ward of Tehran’s Evin Prison. Both have receive(...)

Sinn Féin  confirmed in recent days it will field a candidate to challenge Michael D Higgins in the presidential election. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin is expected to choose a female, internal candidate to be its contender for the presidential election. The party has confirmed in recent day(...)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Mary Lou McDonald and Ciarán Quinn at the Sinn Féin ardfheis in  November 2017. Sinn Féin’s executive council, the ard chomhairle,  is expected to decide that the party should select a candidate to run against Michael D Higgins in a presidential election. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin’s executive council, the ard chomhairle, meets on Saturday and is expected to decide that the party should select a candidate to run against(...)

Keeping it country: Big Tom on stage at Cork Opera House (1981).

On Tuesday morning, as the tributes pour in for the late Big Tom McBride on the Ryan Tubridy Show (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays), one song in particular spri(...)

President Michael D Higgins: recently changed his mind on just one term in the Phoenix Park being the “length of my aspirations”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

President Michael D Higgins has all but declared he wants a second term in Áras an Uachtaráin, but the intentions of other interested parties ahead of(...)

Ibrahim Halawa: the freed Irishman with media at Dublin Airport after spending four years in an Egyptian prison. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

While all about him the media were losing their heads, Ibrahim Halawa held his. As the lift doors opened at Dublin Airport and he faced the scrum, Hal(...)

 Ibrahim Halawa  has been acquitted of all charges in Egypt after four years in jail.

The Egyptian legal authorities have not yet begun to process the paperwork for Ibrahim Halawa’s release from jail. “The first stage hasn’t even been (...)

Family and friends celebrate Ibrahim Halawa’s acquittal on all charges relating to mass protests in Cairo four years ago, at the Halawa family home in Firhouse, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ibrahim Halawa’s friends, teachers and community members have described the “joy and relief” they felt at the news of his acquittal. Pete Moloney, o(...)

Ibrahim Halawa celebrates moments after his acquittal by an anti-terrorism court at the Wadi Natrun prison outside Cairo. Photograph: Declan Walsh/The New York Times

Ibrahim Halawa is an innocent man. His three sisters are innocent women. They were acquitted of all charges by an Egyptian court this week. It has tak(...)

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