Kildare’s Niall Kelly scores a point with James Stewart of Louth chasing during the Leinster  SFC  quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Kildare 1-22 Louth 1-7: This regularly happens to a young boxer. Stung so painfully by an early salvo of jabs and hooks from a superior opponent, they(...)

Taoiseach Charles Haughey, right, with artist Pat Liddy  and US ambassador Margaret Heckler in 1988. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

As evidenced by the diplomatic cables from Ireland to the US state department in 1989, obtained by Gavin Sheridan under the US Freedom of Information (...)

Former SDLP leader John Hume: campaigned on fair employment. Photograph: Joe St Leger

The US embassy and State Department cables outline Washington’s backing for the Irish government and SDLP position on efforts to counter employment di(...)

Charles Haughey: cautioned about slippage in congressional support

Aspects of the US-backed International Fund for Ireland worried senior figures in Congress, the papers reveal.Brian Donnelly, chairman of the influent(...)

A 1989 US diplomatic cable noted that former taoiseach Charles Haughey’s objective for his meeting with US secretary of state James Baker was to discuss a new class of foreign corporations labelled in the Act as “Passive Foreign Investment Companies”. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Charles Haughey sought “preferential treatment” for Ireland from the United States on taxation after an Act was introduced by the Reagan regime in the(...)