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The flourishes of both Patrick Pearse and James Connolly are evident in 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Assessing the extent to which historic social, political, cultural and economic promises or aspirations have been delivered or reneged on could lead t(...)

Health Minister Simon Harris, who has promised to extend the opening hours of the existing cath-lab. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A slap in the face doesn’t begin to describe the outcome of the review into cardiac services at University Hospital Waterford, at least as seen from t(...)

David Kempster in Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’: a new translation by Roddy Doyle will be staged at the Dublin Theatre Festival

If only common sense were not so rare. Just look at the Arts Council and the mess it has been in for years with its Festivals and Events Scheme. This (...)

 Ermonela Jaho: the Albanian soprano, who first appeared in Wexford in 2000, was the Readers’ Award Winner at the International Opera Awards. Photograph: Marc Ross/AFP/Getty Images

The 2016 International Opera Awards were announced in London on Sunday. Irish contenders were few in number: Wexford Festival Opera was shortlisted i(...)

Labour’s Ciara Conway, Independent John Halligan, and John Deasy and Paudie Coffey of Fine Gael.

Fine Gael Minister of State Paudie Coffey and Labour backbencher Ciara Conway were the big losers in Waterford, where a resurgent Fianna Fáil topped t(...)

Minister of State  Kathleen Lynch. The proposed commission of inquiry is designed to deflect criticism before an election. Photograph: Joe Boland

Back in 2013, I quoted John Byrne, a lecturer in social care practice in Waterford Institute of Technology. He said the most common misconception abo(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin talks  to butcher Ben Flynn while canvassing with local candidate Mary Butler in Waterford.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Don’t talk to Micheál Martin about polls. The man has no time for them. No time whatsoever. This isn’t a new thing for the leader of Fianna Fáil. He c(...)

The Rossport five: Michael Ó Seighin, Brendan Philbin, Willie Corduff, Vincent McGrath and Philip McGrath leaving the Four Courts after being released from prison in 2005.

As gas is flared into the skies above north Mayo, it is worth reflecting on a project that has been one of modern Ireland’s greatest scandals, a stunn(...)

The State will pay the private operators of two road tolls nearly €48 million over the next five years to compensate for a shortfall in predicted traffic.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The State will pay the private operators of two road tolls nearly €48 million over the next five years to compensate for a shortfall in predicted tra(...)

The site of Carrickmines Castle, in Co Dublin: the omission of any reference to its national monument status from the Carrickmines Conservation Plan highlights the urgent need for review of heritage policy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Thirteen years ago, a small, diverse group of concerned citizens called “Carrickminders” entered the site of the Carrickmines Castle, south Dublin. We(...)

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