President Michael D Higgins: “I have a very good working relationship under article 28 of the Constitution.” Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Analysis: President Michael D Higgins’s good relations with Taoiseach have helped minimise political conflict

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly at a press conference in Government buildings outlining revised water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Weak or wise? The Government took the only option and drastically slashed charges

President Michael D Higgins delivering the keynote address “On International Human Rights and Global Development” at the University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, yesterday. Photograph: Fennell Photography

Analysis: Higgins comes close to challenging Government during South African speech

Sean MacBride:  his first action after his appointment as minister for external affairs in February 1948 was to draft a message from the government to Pope Pius XII.

Documents reveal subservient approach to Catholic Church of leading republican figure of 20th-century Irish politics

Winston Churchill:  “ I still hope for a united Ireland. You must get those fellows in the North in, though; you can’t do it by force.”

Then leader of British opposition said in 1951 he wanted to come to Republic

Frederick Boland, the secretary of the department  of external affairs in 1948: “Even strongly anti-communist Italians might take exception to intervention of a foreign government in Italian affairs, however, helpfully intended.”

Funds channelled through Vatican embassy

Water protesters confront Taoiseach Enda Kenny as he enters the Mansion House in Dublin. Photograph: Sam boal/Photocall Ireland

Protesters against water charges gather on Dawson Street as Taoiseach attends function

The comments by Sinn Féin  president Gerry Adams ‘show a complete lack of acceptance of the importance of a questioning, probing, authenticating and in some cases, sceptical media’, according to Leslie Buckley of IN&M. Photograph: David Sleator

Independent News & Media chairman criticises SF leader for New York comments

‘The events raised by Maíria Cahill did not take place decades ago when murky republican deeds can be shrouded in obfuscation.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Opinion: ‘The party deliberately disrupted the normal workings of parliament but then sought to transfer responsibility for it on (...)

More articles