The policeman whose death led to the court-martial and execution of Thomas Kent

In a graveyard just 10km from where Thomas Kent will be buried on Friday lie the remains of the policeman whose death led to his court-martial and execution.

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> Further commentary by Robin Bury

Met Office and Met Éireann operate to maintain public safety

StormDarwinAs the UK and Ireland’s National Met Services, the Met Office and Met Éireann operate to maintain public safety through severe weather warnings and forecasts. Working together, it is hoped that naming storms will help raise awareness of severe weather and ensure greater safety of the public.

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Image courtesy of Met Éireann / EUMETSAT

In service to their country: Moving tales of Irishmen who fought in WWII

The stories of Irishmen who served in WWII are deeply moving says Geoffrey Roberts.

The amazing story of Dr Aidan MacCarthy, the West Cork medic who survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in August 1945, has once again captured the imagination.

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British prosperity will drive our recovery

GeorgeOsborne26 July 2015 by David McWilliams in the Sunday Business Post

I am on Shaftesbury Avenue in London, quite shocked. I have just put my card into an ATM to get £200 and realise that it has cost me nearly €300. I was aware that the British currency was rocketing, but this exchange rate difference is extraordinary and is brilliant news for Irish exporters.

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Image: George Osborne, 8 July 2015. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg


Magna Carta exhibition opens at Christ Church in Dublin

MagnaCartaStampPatsy McGarry – Irish Times, 4 Jun 2015

An exhibition containing a 14th century copy of the Magna Carta was opened in Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral on Thursday evening by the British ambassador to Ireland, Dominick Chilcott.

One of the most important legal documents in history, the Magna Carta established the principle that everyone, including a monarch, is subject to the law and guaranteed all subjects the right to a free trial.

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> Magna Carta continues to underpin our values of justice

Image: Commemorative stamp, Royal Mail/PA Wire.


Magna Carta continues to underpin our values of justice 800 years later

King-John-Magna-CartaPatrick Comerford – 3 May 2015

In the months to come, I can imagine history falling prey to people who want to claim that our democracy, justice and liberties owe everything to the “Men of 1916”. But next month marks a far more significant anniversary when it comes to understanding the political freedoms and the system of justice we enjoy today.

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> Magna Carta at Christ Church Cathedral

> Magna Carta Exhibition opens at Christ Church Dublin

Image: King John signing Magna Carta, an illustration from 1864 by James William Edmund Doyle.

What happens to Ireland if Britain leaves the EU?


A general election in Britain is always watched closely on the other side of the Irish Sea, not least because of the tumultuous political history linking the two islands. But never has an UK election been of greater interest to Ireland’s business community, amid fears that if the Conservatives win, it could spell catastrophe for the country’s economy.

A win for David Cameron would trigger a referendum on membership of the European Union, which if it results in a British exit would send shockwaves through Ireland’s economy. Each week there is €1bn (£730m) in trade between the two countries, supporting about 400,000 jobs.

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Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Gett

Mitchel McLaughlin to accept Commonwealth Parliamentary Association role


Sinn Féin’s Mitchel McLaughlin has announced he will take up the position of President of the NI Assembly Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

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The global Irish: Where do they live?

DiasporaIrish Times Wed Feb 4 – Ciara Kenny

Where the Irish live other than in Ireland

Estimates for the size of the “Irish diaspora” vary hugely, from three million to 70 million depending on who is talking.

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Ireland and UK agree historic defence agreement

DefenceForcesUNIrish Army to train British soldiers in peacekeeping as part of deepening co-operation

Stephen Collins, Irish Times – 12 Jan 2015

A historic agreement on defence co-operation between Ireland and the UK will be signed by senior Ministers from the two countries later this month.

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Image: Defence Forces Military Archives