Nice try: Don’t mess with Mr Quinn. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

We put out the wrong team against Argentina last weekend. Front Row Frances and her Fine Gael team would have gone through them for a short cut. An(...)

Bertie  Ahern has said the most interesting line from the assessment into the status of paramilitaries was that the IRA army council retained a leadership function in Sinn Féin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said that Sinn Féin is still being influenced and led by the IRA army council. Mr Ahern said the most interesting l(...)

Former tánaiste Michael McDowell: like Collins in 1921 and de Valera in 1926, Sinn Féin has ’crossed the line and they said they are going to pursue democratic politics and seek a democratic mandate’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Progressive Democrats tánaiste and attorney general Michael McDowell has compared Sinn Féin’s transition into democratic politics to the acc(...)

Former Irish Times bridge correspondent George Ryan at a book signing. Photograph: Kevin McMahon, Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway

‘Can I have a quiet word?” Bookseller Des Kenny’s heart sank as he knew he had no money on him when he was approached at work one Saturday morning by (...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Dan Neville TD  announcing plans to address the issue of mental illness. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

We are sadly familiar with the phenomenon by now. People who seem to have everything going for them suddenly turn around and bring their lives to an e(...)

President Hassan Rohani with UN secretary-general  Ban Ki-moon. Photograph: Reuters

Let us hope we will never have to relive the dark days of the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war. Rece(...)

Telling the story: an Iraqi Kurdish child at Isikveren refugee camp, on the Turkish border with Iraq, in 1991. Photograph: Nabil Ismail/AFP/Getty

THE SALVATION OF TORY ISLAND 1981-1984 Gerry Moriarty Charlie Haughey, then leader of the opposition, looked up at me from under hoode(...)

In early 1972, Tony Heffernan was outside the British embassy, then located on Merrion Square in Dublin, protesting at the massacre of civilian(...)

 John Hume ponders the options during final deliberations on the Belfast Agreement

Even after a lapse of 15 years, the drama, tension and excitement of the days leading up to the Belfast Agreement remain vivid memories to all (...)