An “Asian silver 7-piece tea service”, estimated at €600 to €800 and catalogued as “Presented to Sean Lemass on a visit to UAE”.  However, the United Arab Emirates was only formally established as an independent state in December 1971 – seven months after Lemass died

Silverware presented to former Fianna Fáil taoiseach Seán Lemass is to be sold at auction in Dublin next week. Gifts given to politicians occasionall(...)

Frank Aiken as minister for external affairs at the United Nations

On February 13th, 1973 Fianna Fáil leader Jack Lynch announced the sudden retirement of Frank Aiken from politics on the grounds of “doctors’ orders”.(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Jack Lynch watches Liam Cosgrave conceding that he has lost the 1977 general election

A H, the razzmatazz of politics. The coloured balloons, the speeches, the flag-waving. The heady triumph of winning a general elect(...)

Game of Thrones:  Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth

In a series of suites at the Corinthia Hotel in London, journalists sip coffee and stare at their smartphones. They are here to interview the c(...)

Emsworth:  the Gandon-built villa next door to Abbeville in Malahide’s Kinsealy

Time was when who you lived beside could make or break a house sale, not so any more it would appear. Take Emsworth (above), the Gandon-built villa ne(...)

Protesters led by Rathgormack National School  at the recent   anti-pylon protest walk into the Mahon Falls in Co Waterford. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Charles J Haughey, a man well used to overseeing Ireland from helicopters, once complained about all the “great, gangling pylons [that] seem to march (...)

Underwater adventures: the first president of Comhairle Fo-Thuinn, Shane O’Connor, and his wife, Betty, about to go diving at Carraroe, Co Galway, around 1959

In the gear bag: three or four pullovers, shirts and Army long johns. From the shoreline: swim out, invert and hold your breath. When Mick Mori(...)

Sean Lemass with President Éamon de Valera in 1969. Fianna Fáil always regarded itself as ‘a slightly constitutional party’. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The Constitutional Convention poured some cold water on the clamour for political reform during the week with its report suggesting that our system of(...)

The content of the Anglo Irish Bank tapes published in the Irish Independent could prejudice proceedings. Defendants might seek to follow the lead of Charles Haughey in 2000, when he successfully pleaded that because public opinion had been poisoned against him, he could not get a fair trial on charges of obstructing the McCracken tribunal. Photograph: David Sleator

A former director of public prosecutions, James Hamilton, presents a depressing choice in his warning that it would be “foolish” for the Government to(...)

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham should be retained as a traditional museum

An unparalleled opportunity exists for the creation of a contemporary art museum in the centre of Dublin, in the early 19th-century Stack A warehouse (...)