Mary O Rourke

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Lissadell House, July 2016: former and sitting TDs (back row) Niamh Bhreathnach, Jan O’Sullivan, Nora Owen, Mary Harney, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Mary Coughlan, Mary Hanafin, Síle de Valera, Heather Humphreys; (front row) Frances Fitzgerald, Gemma Hussey, (Constance Cassidy, host and owner of Lissadell House), Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Mary O’Rourke, Katherine Zappone. Joan Burton was not in attendance; Regina Doherty and Josepha Madigan were appointed senior Ministers in 2017. Photograph: James Connolly

In July 2016, 14 women from different backgrounds attended a dinner party in Co Sligo. The women were members of one of Ireland’s most exclusive clubs(...)

What we’ve ended up with after 16 years is a tendering process in which there is just a single bidder which has no experience at all of building this kind of infrastructure. Photograph: Karl Hussey/Fennell Photography

Fans of the Game of Thrones novels will understand my plight. They have been waiting year after year since 2011 for George RR Martin to publish t(...)

The encyclical provoked a ferocious reaction among millions of practising Catholics.

Fifty years ago this week, former government minister Mary O’Rourke was a teacher in Athlone while studying for a H Dip in Maynooth as Pope Paul VI pu(...)

After John Coolahan became professor of education in Maynooth in 1987 he was involved in high-level initiatives such as the 1991 OECD review of education in Ireland. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

John Coolahan Born, June 9th, 1941 Died, June 3rd, 2018 John Coolahan, emeritus professor of education at NUI Maynooth, who has died aged 77, was t(...)

Mary O’Rourke (back row, second right) at Áras an Uachtaráin for the swearing in of the new Fianna Fáil Cabinet in March 1987. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

I was elected to Dáil Éireann in November of 1982, and on a Sunday, in January of 1983, Enda – my late husband – and I were at home in Athlone. I was (...)

Hilary Nunan pictured at home in Ringabella, Co. Cork. Photograph: David Creedon

“We all went to see him off - my mum, my three sisters and myself. So the five of us went up to Cork Airport to see him off and I remember him vividly(...)

Irish fashion designer Sybil Connolly at her Dublin fashion house in 1965. The key to entertaining was “staff”, she said. Photograph: Getty Images

A friend once gave me a pocket mirror with a vintage photograph of people wearing party hats, and the words “She was a hostess with the mostess” on it(...)

John Bruton: “Does the right to human life not extend to humans before birth?”

Current debate on abortion in Ireland lacks the clarity that preceded the 1983 referendum, which saw the Eighth Amendment inserted into the Constituti(...)

Dr Cliona Ni Cheallaigh and Nurse Ann Marie Lawlee worked  on the pilot project in St James’s Hostital which was praised by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris. Photograph: Anthony Edwards

Ireland’s homeless crisis is having an impact on acute care, but one pioneering consultant is ensuring that the most vulnerable patients in her care d(...)

Former Fianna Fáil minister of state Conor Lenihan has confirmed he is talking to the party about running in the Dublin constituency in the next European elections. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times.

Former Fianna Fáil minister of state Conor Lenihan has said he is talking to the party about running in the Dublin constituency in the next European e(...)

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