US senator Edward Kennedy: He played a key role in Northern Ireland, voicing concerns about the violence from the early 1970s through to the early 1990s. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Throughout the difficult negotiations leading to the 1998 Belfast Agreement, then taoiseach Bertie Ahern kept in regular contact with US senator Edwar(...)

 Edward Kennedy flanked by  President Mary McAleese and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott talks to reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday, May 16, 2000. Photo: AP Photo/Hillery Smith Garrison

From 1987 to 1998 I worked with Senator Ted Kennedy and served as his foreign policy advisor during pivotal years in the Northern Ireland peace proces(...)

Charles J Haughey was the last taoiseach who announced his intention of leading on in government for the foreseeable future. He was gone within months(...)

Ministers Michael Noonan and Alex White prior to the final Cabinet meeting at Lissadell House, Sligo before the summer recess. Photograph: The Irish Times

As the Cabinet met in the serene setting of Lissadell House in Sligo on Wednesday for the last time before the summer recess, an oft-repeated quote ca(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern photographed in his office in 2001. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Bertie Ahern was one of the most popular and successful politicians in the history of the Irish state. He won three general elections in a row between(...)

 Martin Mansergh pictured at an  Easter Rising commemoration in  Arbour Hill in April. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Martin Mansergh, a former Fianna Fáil minister of state and senior adviser to a number of taoisigh, is attempting a Dáil comeback.He will be among the(...)

Businessman Galen Weston donated to the party. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Donors to Fianna Fáil’s US fundraising arm over almost two decades included well-known businessmen, monsignors, unions and companies including the US (...)

Enda Kenny: Fished out a substantial sheaf of paper from his folder and gave the Dáil a history of the many unsuccessful attempts by various taoisigh and ministers to institute an awards system. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Taoiseach will not be wearing a row of 40 medals on his chest to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. We say “he,” but that all depends(...)

St Patrick’s Day 1995: President Bill Clinton walks into the East Room of the White House as Gerry Adams watches. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/AFP/Getty

Sinn Féin’s transformation from a party of political pariahs to guests at black-tie fundraisers in the United States began in a function room of the S(...)

Fianna Fail raised $116,500 when Bertie Ahern was leader and taoiseach but the party’s US fundraising efforts petered out thereafter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Declared donations collected in the US by Fianna Fáil over the past three decades amount to a tenth of what Sinn Féin raised from donors in the US du(...)