Prince Edward will attend a ceremony to unveil a war memorial Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin next Thursday. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

President Higgins will be accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, for the unveiling of a war memorial Cross of Sacrifice at(...)

Windsor Castle: the repository of  flags of  Irish regiments in the British army which have not been seen in public since 1922. Photograph: Reuters

‘Hang up your brightest colours,” advised George Bernard Shaw after the death of Michael Collins. Both men would surely have relished this hist(...)

 Christine Buckley. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Hello darkness, my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again . . .” You’ve been on my mind for four weeks now, like “a vision softly(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly: signed commencement order for Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 yesterday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

An order commencing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 from January 1st has been signed by Minister for Health James Reilly. The move wa(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore : “Apartheid was an issue in Ireland, Mandela was aware of it. He was also aware of Ireland’s own political struggle . . .” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

World leaders attending today’s state memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela face a challenge in carrying forward his work(...)

Six of the President’s seven nominees to the Council of State have made a submission to the Convention on the Constitution asking that it consider the appropriateness of office-holders having to take religious oaths, including  former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness. Photograph: Eric Luke

Six of the President’s seven nominees to the Council of State have made a submission to the Convention on the Constitution asking that it consider the(...)

President Michael D Higgins id greets Seamus Heaney during the Irish Book Awards at the RDS, Dublin, in 2011.  The president said yesterday: “The presence of Seamus was a warm one, full of humour, care and courtesy – a courtesy that enabled him to carry with such wry Northern Irish dignity so many well-deserved honours from all over the world.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The funeral of Seamus Heaney, who died suddenly yesterday after a short illness, will take place on Monday in Dublin. He was 74.The death of the Nobel(...)

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