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In 2009,  discussing the issue of blasphemy and the law, then minister for justice Dermot Ahern said: “As a republican, my personal position is that church and State should be separate.” File photograph: Getty Images

In May 2009, at the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, then Fine Gael justice spokesman Charlie Flanagan was clear. Blasphemy provisions in the Defamati(...)

Donál Toolan with Gordon Ryan (right): Donál’s warmth, capacity for friendship and great sense of fun was evident.
Obituary: Dónal Toolan
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  • April 29, 2017, 01:11

Dónal Toolan, a passionate campaigner for the rights of disabled people and a talented actor, presenter and journalist, has died aged 50. A gifted spe(...)

A protest   outside the Department   of Justice  organised in conjunction with the Irish Refugee Council to mark the 15th anniversary of  direct provision. File photograph: Dave Meehan

A “complicated” new application form is causing “extreme distress and confusion” for thousands of people in direct provision, groups working in the s(...)

Dr Ken Whitaker: “If you live long enough you would be either canonised or found out.” File photograph: David Sleator

Every country has its heroes. Some are generals, some are conquerors, some even tinsel celebrities. Few countries would nominate a long-retired civil (...)

In the shaping of modern Ireland, no one has played a more important role than TK Whitaker. In celebrating his 100th birthday today, he has lived to s(...)

“At any moment I could be taking to the Salthill promenade with my sleeping bag.” Photograph: Michelle McMahon/Getty Images/Flickr Open

The rental situation in Galway, Limerick and Cork differ only in scale to that in the capital, according to Keith Broni of the Secure Rents campaign.(...)

Clergy, choir members  and the Chief Justice of Ireland, Mrs Justice Susan Denham, at St Michan’s Church at a Mass to mark the start of the Michelmas law term. Photograph: Collins

Held annually on the first Monday of October – the first day of the Michaelmas law term – at the Catholic parish church of the Four Courts, St Michan’(...)

Daráine Mulvihill, presenter of RTÉ’s Paralympics TV coverage. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s a quiet enough spell in the life of Daráine Mulvihill. Well, if you don’t count her daily work as a presenter on RTÉ’s coverage of the Paralympi(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls: “France maintains strong ties with Islam. She is proud that Islam is the second religion of the country.” Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

France’s prime minister Manuel Valls has reacted strongly to an article published by the New York Times on September 2nd, in which French Muslim women(...)

Sabina Higgins  speaks at the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s 1916 centenary ‘soapbox’  in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Repealing the Eighth Amendment, which gives effect to the State’s abortion ban, was a major theme of a “soapbox” event organised by the National Women(...)

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