Ombudsman Peter Tyndall says giving the office constitutional status would increase public confidence. Photograph: Alan Betson

Public confidence in the system of government and the operation of State agencies would be enhanced if the ombudsman was given constitutional status (...)

Intellectually connected to The Irish Times? The masthead of Vol 1, No 1 of the Bell, edited by Sean O’Faolain

The somewhat neglected contribution to Irish public life made by journalistic periodicals is the subject of a volume of essays published this week, ed(...)

Frederick Gibson Heuston (known as Fred), joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers and was part of the mass invasion at Suvla Bay on August 6th-7th 1915. He was killed on August 15th

They were an interesting lot, the 22 men whose names are on a first World War memorial in Greystones, Co Wicklow, where I live. They include an int(...)

Managing editor of The Irish Times Eoin McVey (left) with Séamus McCague at the funeral of Louis O’Neill at the Star of the Sea Church in Sandymount today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Family, friends and former colleagues of Louis O’Neill gathered in the Star of the Sea Church in Dublin’s Sandymount today/yesterday to remember a qui(...)

Former PD leader Des O’Malley with Mary Harney at the launch of his memoir Conduct Unbecoming in the Mansion House in Dublin last night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Progressive Democrats held their Christmas Party in Dublin’s Mansion House last night. Sort of. A galaxy of luminaries from the former political (...)

 Mary and Martin McAleese with TK Whitaker during yesterday's SDLP lunch in his honour. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Few live as long and accomplish as much as has Dr TK Whitaker. Fewer still live long enough to sit listening to the unqualified praise of their pee(...)

Michael Laffan (left) at the launch of his biography of WT Cosgrave at the Royal Irish Academy yesterday with  former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave,  and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Johnny Bambury

It was the launch of a scholarly biography on his father, WT Cosgrave, but it was his son, former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, who stole the show. He moun(...)

This time 100 years ago, Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty (in effect, the political boss of Britain’s Royal Navy), had an idea. In Octob(...)

Memorial tablets to Irish soldiers, Sergeant Wynn Ware (RIF) and Major Charles Henry Tippett of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, in Green Hill Cemetery, Suvla Bay. Photograph: Peter Murtagh 7:03

There’s a sign on a hill flanking the Turkish coastal city of Canakkale which one really only notices by looking back as the ferry crosses the Dard(...)

Ian Paisley  jnr speaks at the memorial service yesterday at the Ulster Hall in Belfast. Photograph: Presseye - Pool /Getty Images

The life that bellowed and boomed for decades was remembered in the end with the sort of mellow restraint that marked its latter years.“Above all thin(...)