TODAY marks the end of an era and the dawning of a new chapter in Irish history, a day when the presidency of Mary McAleese comes to a close and Michael D Higgins assumes the nation’s highest office as Head of State and 9th President of Ireland.
Fri, 11 Nov, 2011
ON the first day of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s visit to Ireland they had lunch at Áras an Uachtarain, invited by President Mary McAleese as part of a small group that included Michael Ó Muircheartaigh, the GAA commentator.
Fri, 19 Aug, 2011
LAST February’s evisceration of Fianna Fáil at the polls was a direct response to their championing of the Hollywood slogan that greed is good, to their lazy, self-serving conservatism and to their habit of borrowing money to buy support that beggared the country.
Fri, 12 Aug, 2011
Members of the defence forces have been deployed to south Lebanon to quell tensions. While their commander attests to their readiness for the mission, if violence escalates it could prevent a visit by President McAleese, writes Political Reporter Juno McEnroe in Tibnin.
Sat, 23 Jul, 2011
THE Queen’s visit to Ireland began at noon last Tuesday, but it was another three hours before she touched down. More than her physical presence in the state, it was her gesture at the Garden of Remembrance that brought her into contact with the Irish people. Somebody among the organisers must have realised that the laying of a wreath to those who died for Irish freedom should occur as soon as possible.
Sat, 21 May, 2011
It is just three months shy of the 190th anniversary of the visit of George IV, who was the first British monarch to come to this country without an accompanying army. Queen Elizabeth II will arrive today, accompanied by an army of media.
Tue, 17 May, 2011
A campaigner for victims of terrorism today said it was inappropriate for members of the Ulster Defence Association to be invited to a ceremony on Wednesday at which the Queen will lay a wreath in memory of Irish soldiers who died in the First World War.
Mon, 16 May, 2011