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The invitation sent to Michael D Higgins said the service next month would be ‘of Christian worship hosted, organised and led by the leaders of the Church of Ireland, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and Methodist Churches and the Irish Council of Churches’. Photograph:  Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty

The Church Leaders Group, which is hosting the controversial service in St Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh next month, have said President Michael D Higgin(...)

US secretary of state Antony Blinken: “We place fundamental value on that relationship, on that partnership.” Photograph:   Andrew Harnik/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, said France remained a “vital partner” in the Indo-Pacific region in an attempt to calm the fury in Paris o(...)

Ann Skelly

Over the past few decades, Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, beginning in theatrical spaces and moving on to cinema, have developed a unique school of (...)

Enthusiasm for training is evident across the judiciary, with more than 70 per cent expressing a desire for it. Photograph: Frank Miller

When John O’Connor became a judge, first of the District Court, later the Circuit Court, there were no training courses available, bar an informal “sh(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson: One of the myths about him  is that he has moved the Conservatives to the left by abandoning frugality and driving a tax and spend agenda. Photograph: Hannah McKay/PA

Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle has been received at Westminster as an act of untrammelled political sovereignty by a leader who is the master of hi(...)

Patrick Kielty’s  heartfelt  film swings between optimism and despair

Alongside his work as comedian and TV presenter, Patrick Kielty has over recent years embarked on the parallel career of explaining Northern Ireland t(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron and Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on the deck of Australian Navy submarine HMAS Waller in May 2018. File photograph: Brendan Esposito/AFP via Getty Images

Smarting from Australia’s dumping of a deal with France, the European Union laid out its own plans on Thursday to beef up a presence in the Indo-Pacif(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson on the second day of his government reshuffle. Photograph: Handout/AFP via Getty

Boris Johnson has sacked a number of experienced junior ministers on the second day of his government reshuffle, and appointed Belfast-born Conor Burn(...)

Wall Street indexes fell on Thursday as an unexpected rise in retail sales pointed to resilience in the economic recovery. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European stocks rose on Thursday as travel names broke a four-day losing streak after Ryanair lifted its long-term traffic forecast, offsetting concer(...)

 Activists  demonstrate outside the supreme court in Cyprus to support a British woman who was convicted of falsely claiming to have been gang raped. Photograph: Katia Christodoulou/EPA

A British woman found guilty of fabricating a gang-rape claim while holidaying in the Cypriot resort of Ayia Napa, has launched an attempt to clear he(...)

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