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The Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church has taken nearly three years to complete the study. Photograph: Fred Tanneau / AFP via Getty

About 3,000 Catholic priests committed sexual crimes against minors and vulnerable people in France over the past 70 years, according to an explosive (...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton alleged that President Higgins was in breach of Article 13:9 of the Constitution/ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins was within his rights to refuse an invitation to attend a commemoration event in Armagh, constitutional experts have said.(...)

President Michael D Higgins has said he believes the religious oath should be replaced with an affirmation. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

The State’s vigorous defence of the religious oath shows what can happen when matters of public policy end up in the hands of lawyers. Róisín Shortal(...)

Graffiti on the Falls Road, Belfast. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

Fifty years on, survivors recall the horrors inflicted upon them during the policy of internment in Northern Ireland When the crash of the door (...)

President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Ministers and their top civil servants will be asked to come up with ways to stop parliamentary logjams after an intervention from President Michael D(...)

President Michael D Higgins inspecting the 27 Infantry Battalion at Collins Barracks, Dublin, during the National Day of Commemoration. Photograph: Tom Honan

It rained and rained, and the gulls shrieked throughout, both disturbing the solemnity to such a degree that when Dr Hemant Kumar intoned his pre-prep(...)

President Michael D Higgins said the Irish people had expressed their desire to be free of British rule in the 1918 British general election

President Michael D Higgins has said the War of Independence would not have happened had the democratic will of the Irish people been respected. In (...)

The 10th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland is tomorrow, Wednesday. File photograph: The Irish Times

As we mark the 10th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s visit tomorrow I recall two other events that happened that same day: Garret FitzGerald died; and(...)

Right to Know  appealed to the High Court after failing to get  information following two separate requests to the Office of Secretary General  to the President

A High Court judge has ruled the Right to Know group is not entitled to get documents which were before the Council of State, the council’s minutes or(...)

Many virtual events will be broadcast on the St Patrick’s Festival website. Photograph: iStock

Traditional St Patrick’s Day events have largely been cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, there are still some virtual celebrat(...)

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