John O’Leary entering Leinster house in 1967. File photograph: Jimmy McCormack/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry South and minister of state John O’Leary has died aged 82. He represented Kerry South from 1966 to 1997, holding the r(...)

Mary Harney, who helped push through the ban on ‘smoky coal’ in Dublin in 1990. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In September 1990, following a series of winters during which Dublin city was engulfed in thick black smog, a ban on the sale, marketing, and distribu(...)

File photograph of the Aga Khan with Shergar.

Secret embassy files about the stolen racehorse Shergar, information about US military aircraft landing at Irish airports and files about telephone ta(...)

Seán Haughey and Deirdre Heney:  The former junior minister  lost the Dublin Bay North selection convention to Dublin city councillor Deirdre Heney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A meeting of senior Fianna Fáil strategists next weekend is to begin finalising the party’s approach to candidates and tickets for the general electi(...)

Unionists Christopher and Michael McGimpsey: took out legal case in Dublin. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The “McGimpsey case” that challenged the legality of the Anglo-Irish Agreement concerned the British government in 1987, declassified files reveal. In(...)

RUC chief constable Sir John Hermon: said  ‘little or no’ intelligence  provided by Garda. Photograph: Pacemaker

The RUC was dissatisfied at the level of co-operation from the Garda Síochána during Charles Haughey’s minority administration, previously confidentia(...)

The Charente river at Jarnac: a town of grandiose sandstone buildings, Cognac warehouses and pretty streets

It was late evening on day three of a cruising trip down the River Charente. The sun had finally come out as we passed through the last lock and en(...)

Seal of approval: they are amiable but keep your distance. Illustration: Michael Viney

The distant, Labradorian regard from a grey seal or two will furnish a holiday memory for many who walk the cliffs and coves of the Wild Atlantic Way (...)

Sound reasons for surfacing: beached whales. Illustration: Michael Viney Sound reasons for surfacing: beached whales. Illustration: Michael Viney

In summer the sound of the sea drifts up to us from the srútha, where the mountain river, looping the strand, runs finally into the waves. What keeps (...)

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(...)