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Almost 127,000 Irish emigrants have moved back to live in Ireland over the past five years. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

In the past five years, almost 127,000 Irish emigrants have moved back to live in Ireland, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office(...)

Protesters rally in Washington DC  before marching to the Department of Justice to demonstrate against the Trump administration’s decision to end the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Irish emigrant community in the US has reacted with anger at the decision of Donald Trump’s administration to end protections for undocumented chi(...)

New legislation means drinkers should be able to go to the pub next Good Friday. Photograph: iStock

A Government backbencher was a lone voice in the Seanad against the passage of legislation to break a 90-year-old tradition and allow pubs and restaur(...)

Good Friday alcohol ban: the Bill tabled by Independent Senator Billy Lawless would have removed the 90-year-old prohibition only for pubs and off-licences. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government is to ensure that the lifting of the ban on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday will apply to all premises rather than be restricted to (...)

US vice-president Mike Pence. The former governor of Indiana has suggested that gay people should receive medical treatment to change their sexual behaviour. Photograph: Bill Ingalls/Nasa via Getty Images

The visit this week by Enda Kenny to Chicago brought to an end a chapter in Irish-US relations. Kenny used the visit to reaffirm one of his policy pri(...)

Barry Dunning: 'Properly enfranchising Irish citizens across the world and giving them political representation would send a powerful message about how the Irish State values its diaspora'

The lines snaked out the door and out into the autumn sun at the Lycée Condorcet in Sydney’s eastern suburbs last Sunday, as Frenchmen and Frenchwomen(...)

The Global Irish Civic Forum brought 220 diaspora representatives together in Dublin Castle to discuss topical emigrant issues. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A “referendum day” could be held next year when the electorate will be asked to vote on whether to repeal the eighth amendment, and to extend the fran(...)

On Wednesday, a Bill will be tabled in the Seanad to end the ban on Good Friday alcohol sales, and has every chance of making it into law.  File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

One of my jollier assignments in 2010 was to roam around Limerick city pubs on Good Friday, chatting to rugby fans who were enjoying the fruits of the(...)

The end of the Good Friday alcohol sales ban is likely to come into effect for Good Friday 2018. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

The Government is moving to lift the 90-year-old ban on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday. Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald is expected to signal in the(...)

‘One side wanted to enable young people and have their contribution to society and capabilities and enthusiasm recognised and their franchise extended.’ File photograph: Getty Images

The Seanad voted on Wednesday to delay a Bill seeking to reduce the voting age in local and European elections to 16. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael co-o(...)

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