Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave: his government followed the British lead in the 1970s. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

They might say a week is a long time in politics, but 20 years is surely a mere blink of an eye when it comes to history. The tradition of historians (...)

Assistant Garda Commissioner  John Fintan Fanning alleged the nature of  questions at a job interview from the Garda Commissioner, along with several other factors, rendered the conduct of the recruitment process unfair and flawed.  File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

An Assistant Garda Commissioner who claimed the Garda Commissioner asked him unfair questions about his views on left-wing political “extremists” whil(...)

Brian Purcell, who asked to be moved from the position of secretary general in the Department of Justice in July 2014. Photograph: Frank Miller

None of the applicants for the vacant role of secretary general of the Department of Justice qualified for a second interview, it has emerged. Ther(...)

Wes Brown of Sunderland makes his way down the tunnel after being sent off for a challenge on Charlie Adam of Stoke City. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Sunderland have announced they will appeal against Wes Brown’s red card after the defender was sent off against Stoke at the weekend.The decision by r(...)

Professor Andrew J Deeks, president-elect at UCD.

UCD has broken with tradition by appointing an external academic as its next president.Prof Andrew J Deeks, an Australian-educated engineer who is cur(...)