The skylark is among the species that has been attracted to Feargal Ó Cuinneagáin’s meadows of richly mixed native herbs and wild flower. Drawing by Michael Viney

On first encounter a generation ago, it seemed such gawky jargon, the coinage of science journals, that I winced at using it here in ordinary, affable(...)

Noel Grealish could find himself in a close battle to hold his Dáil seat in Galway West with the Social Democrats and the Greens firmly in contention in the constituency, an opinion poll suggests. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Noel Grealish could find himself in a close battle to hold his Dáil seat in Galway West with the Social Democrats and the Greens firmly in contention (...)

Social Democrats joint leader Róisín Shortall: Sláintecare plan had got off ‘to a very bad start’. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The Social Democrats have said a fully funded implementation of the Slaintecare health reform programme would be “an absolute red line” in any potenti(...)

Social Democrats launch their election campaign. Co-leaders Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy with candidate Gary Gannon. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

At the launch of their general election campaign the Social Democrats emphasised their commitment to delivering on core issues: housing, health and pu(...)

Zoran Milanovic and his wife Sanja Music Milanovic celebrate following the initial results in Croatia’s presidential election. Photograph: Denis Lovrovic/AFP via Getty

Conservative Croatian prime minister Andrej Plenkovic has predicted a “hard cohabitation” with incoming leftist president Zoran Milanovic, as the coun(...)

Cork Rebels for Peace Rally outside Cork City Hall.  Photograph: Barry Roche

Cork is an open, welcoming city that rejects the politics of hate fomented by far right groups under the guise of seeking to protect freedom of speech(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald pictured at the publication of her party’s general election manifesto this week. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Contrary to former New York governor Mario Cuomo’s belief that politicians need to “campaign in poetry and govern in prose”, there is never much in Ir(...)

Former senator James Heffernan. File photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts Limited

Laptops, printers, tablets and scanners are among the pieces of IT equipment not returned to the Oireachtas by politicians after they lost their seats(...)

Former Conservative  MP  Ann Widdecombe   with colleagues from the Brexit Party celebrate it success in the EU elections in London on Monday. Photograph: Tolga AkmenAFP/Getty Images

AUSTRIA The conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) of Sebastian Kurz shrugged off 10 days of crisis, and his impending dismissal as chancellor, to finish (...)

PSD leader Liviu Dragnea speaks during a press conference in Bucharest on Sunday after the closure of polling stations for the Europan parliament elections. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Romanians have delivered a rebuke to their ruling Social Democrats (PSD) by strongly backing opposition parties in the European elections and voting i(...)

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