Council Of State

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President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Ministers and their top civil servants will be asked to come up with ways to stop parliamentary logjams after an intervention from President Michael D(...)

President Michael D Higgins inspecting the 27 Infantry Battalion at Collins Barracks, Dublin, during the National Day of Commemoration. Photograph: Tom Honan

It rained and rained, and the gulls shrieked throughout, both disturbing the solemnity to such a degree that when Dr Hemant Kumar intoned his pre-prep(...)

President Michael D Higgins said the Irish people had expressed their desire to be free of British rule in the 1918 British general election

President Michael D Higgins has said the War of Independence would not have happened had the democratic will of the Irish people been respected. In (...)

The 10th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland is tomorrow, Wednesday. File photograph: The Irish Times

As we mark the 10th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s visit tomorrow I recall two other events that happened that same day: Garret FitzGerald died; and(...)

Right to Know  appealed to the High Court after failing to get  information following two separate requests to the Office of Secretary General  to the President

A High Court judge has ruled the Right to Know group is not entitled to get documents which were before the Council of State, the council’s minutes or(...)

Many virtual events will be broadcast on the St Patrick’s Festival website. Photograph: iStock

Traditional St Patrick’s Day events have largely been cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, there are still some virtual celebrat(...)

A woman wearing a Niqab Islamic dress, in Rotterdam. The Dutch ban applies  in public places such as schools, hospitals, government offices, and on public transport, though not on the street. Photograph: Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty    Images

No matter how you look at it politically, there’s more than a little irony in growing demands for the year-old Dutch burka ban to be rescinded because(...)

The Electoral Act obliges those who are challenged while voting to swear on a Bible or publicly refuse to do so. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In Ireland high public office is only for the religious, and our court system ignores the rights of atheists, despite the fact that we pride ourselves(...)

President Michael D. Higgins at his inauguration at Dublin in November 2011. The President, members of the Council of State and judiciary are all required to take religious oaths on taking office. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The oath – a voluntary pledge usually involving the penalty of divine retribution – has a long lineage. The Greeks and Romans swore by their swords. I(...)

People gather outside  Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to celebrate after a top Turkish court revoked its status as a museum, clearing the way for it to be turned back into a mosque. Photograph:  Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, one of the world’s greatest examples of Byzantine Christian architecture,(...)

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