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 President Michael D Higgins in the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin. There is no doubt that Higgins’s presidency is and has been consequential, substantial and  significant. Photograph: Tony Maxwell

In a way, he seems ageless. The familiar voice with its characteristic intonations, the careful and deliberate bearing, the thousand-watt smile, the g(...)

Bob Geldof said the youth of Belfast “bring by your very presence the absurdity of fighting one another”. File image: One Young World Summit

Belfast has outbid seven other cities to host a major gathering of youth leaders in 2023. Speaking at an online event confirming the decision, Bob Ge(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin speaking with US  vice-president Kamala Harris via video link from Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

America’s commitment to Ireland remains “steadfast and strong”, US vice-president Kamala Harris said on Wednesday as she held her first bilateral meet(...)

 December 2018 image of  Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum with Mary Robinson at the Latifa’s home in Dubai. Photograph: Stringer/Wam/AFP  via Getty Images

Former Irish president Mary Robinson has described her role in the controversy surrounding Dubai princess Latifa Al Maktoum as the biggest mistake she(...)

The abduction or murder by authoritarian regimes of political opponents living abroad is by no means uncommon. Iran kidnapped a dissident journalist(...)

Mary Robinson said Ireland had to lead in delivering more ambition and by increasing its national determined contributions which were at the heart of the Paris Agreement, File Photogprah: Getty Images

The private sector in Ireland is not doing enough to embrace climate action by committing to achieving “net-zero carbon emissions at the latest by 205(...)

Frederick Douglass: escaped slavery and became a prominent abolitionist, orator and writer. Photograph: MPI/Getty Images

More than 175 years after Frederick Douglass embarked on a four-month visit to Ireland, the first all-island symposium to mark the occasion takes plac(...)

George Salmon, provost of Trinity College Dublin from 1888 to 1904. He was fiercely opposed to the admission of female students to the university. Photograph: Frank Miller

It’s more than a century since the former provost of Trinity College Dublin George Salmon is reputed to have said: “Over my dead body will women enter(...)

Retiring in the north inner city parish of Aughrim Street, Diarmuid Martin plans to rest and read for now: ‘I could write my memoirs but they’d probably be banned,’ he says, with a smile. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pope Francis once quietly approached the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, in the Vatican guesthouse, the Santa Marta, at the end of an early mor(...)

The closure of peat fuelled power plants has “rendered entire communities unemployed”, the report says.

Communities that rely on environmentally-damaging industries are being left behind in the fight against climate change, according to a new report. Th(...)

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