Senator Lynn Ruane told the Sheehy Skeffington School there was a pressing need to directly hear the voices of the marginalised and the poor rather than those advocating for them. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish people are told we live in a “Republic of opportunity” but many people, particularly women living in poverty, cannot access that, Independent Se(...)

 Aileen Donnelly. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly, the High Court judge criticised by Polish media this week after raising concerns regarding the country’s legal system, is (...)

Rowan Gillespie’s “The Victim”, from the Quinnipiac Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

It is to a Jewish bagel tycoon, born in 1930s Connecticut, that we owe the world’s largest collection of art relating to the Irish Famine. His name wa(...)

Gina Farrell took the deeds of an apartment  against which an undertaking had been given to pay a €100,000 debt, the court heard.  Photograph: Collins Courts

Self-styled cleaner to the stars Gina Farrell fled her solicitor’s office this week after grabbing the deeds of an apartment she owns and against whic(...)

Litter on the banks of Lough Sheelin, Co Westmeath.

For the last eight years Michael Farrell has been bringing anglers out on Lough Sheelin. He used to start his tours from Sailor’s Garden, a well-know(...)

Ellie Kisyombe, from Dublin, as United Against Racism held a rally calling for the end of direct provision. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Up to 500 people marched in Dublin on Saturday calling for an end to the direct-provision system of accommodating asylum seekers. Among them were as(...)

The Sunday Press was “a family, a very dysfunctional one at times, but [Willie Collins] loved every minute of his working life and all the people at Burgh Quay” [Irish Press group offices above]. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The late Willie Collins was no fan of emotional eulogies. “He had a strong view that in the eyes of God everybody is equal in death,” said son Stephen(...)

Dr Lydia Foy with solicitor Michael Farrell outside the High Court after it ruled that the State had breached her rights. Photograph: Frank Miller

In the early 1970s he was arrested after clambering on top of an armoured personnel carrier on the Falls Road in Belfast to address protesters. He lat(...)

Michael Farrell. Photograph: Frank Miller

Political parties should be pressed in the forthcoming general election as to whether they are going to take steps to strengthen constitutional protec(...)

Daryl Murphy with Scotland’s Charlie Mulgrew: he may make his fourth start of the qualifying campaign when Ireland take on Bosnia on Friday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After his goalless streak extended to 13 games last week when Ipswich played Bolton Wanderers, Daryl Murphy’s manager Mick McCarthy concluded his luck(...)

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