The Whitaker consensus: For my entire lifetime, the three pillars of that consensus have shaped Irish government.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When it comes to Irish elections, the bloody obvious is usually wrong. The most obvious thing about this election is that, on February 26th, the Irish(...)

File photo  of forensic officers examining the wreckage of a helicopter which crashed in thick fog, near Beccles, Norfolk, killed  leading  Lord Ballyedmond and three other men. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The family of Northern Ireland’s richest man, Lord Ballyedmond, have said serious questions remain unanswered after an inquest found that his death in(...)

Lord Ballyedmond. Photograph Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

An inquest into the death in a helicopter crash of businessman Lord Ballyedmond, formerly Dr Edward Haughey, has heard his pilot had warned twice tha(...)

Brian Cowen served as taoiseach from May 2008 to March 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Department of the Taoiseach has yet to give the go-ahead for an official portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen, almost five years after he left(...)

Enda Kenny: The Taoiseach  said that sometimes the experts don’t always get it right. ‘A lot of older people have great experience of drainage patterns,’ he mused.

A tough day for Enda yesterday. He must have felt crushed when the realisation dawned that he won’t now achieve one of his lifelong ambitions. He onl(...)

After a month of negotiations a new Fianna Fail-Labour government was formed on January 12th, 1993, 48 days after the election. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

In light of this week’s Irish Times poll it is worth remembering that a week is a long time in politics, and the weeks between an election an(...)

Loyalist protestor outside Hillsborough during the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement

1972 Under pressure both from Westminster and nationalists, and in the face of escalating violence, the Conservative British government ended the Stor(...)

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness   at Stormont  in Belfast last month reacts to  the publication of the government-ordered review of paramilitary structures in Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The single most consistent feature of the peace process has been the fact that every time the Provisional IRA is challenged, Sinn Féin attacks the mot(...)

64 Fitzwilliam Square: ornate plasterwork, colourful murals, marble pillars and fireplaces and a mass of gold leaf decorations

Dublin’s most flamboyant corporate headquarters goes for sale today at over €4 million. The redbrick Georgian house at 64 Fitzwilliam Square is no dif(...)

Former Northern Ireland secretary of state Peter Brooke MP, right, chats with fellow MP Peter Temple-Morris in  Killarney at the 22nd British-Irish Inter Parliamentary conference which is taking place in 2001. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

This book is about events in the life of a politician. It is not an an autobiography but a selection of events of interest to a reader, ranging fro(...)