Above: Filter tanks in the Liffey Works Water Treatment Plant in Ballymore Eustace. Below (left to right): former minister for environment Phil Hogan, Irish Water director John Tierney, and Minister for Environment Alan Kelly. Photographs: The Irish Times.

From Fianna Fáill’s abolishment of water charges in 1978, through to Minister Alan Kelly’s revised package today, here’s a brief history of water cha(...)

From left: Des O’Malley, John Bruton, Albert Reynolds, Dick Spring and Proinsias De Rossa. Photograph: Irish Times Archive

On the evening of July 29th, 1994, the chairman of the long-running inquiry into malpractice in the beef industry, Mr Justice Liam Hamilton, delivered(...)

Photograph: Matt Kavanagh 6th  An image from September 1994 showing the then taoiseach Albert Reynolds (centre) shaking hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams (left) and SDLP leader John Hume outside Government Buildings after a discussion of ways to advance the peace process following the IRA’s ceasefire announcement of August 31st. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Albert Reynolds, like his British counterpart at the time John Major, may never have obtained the profile of some of the celebrated and notorious poli(...)

Capital Radio DJ Colm Hayes before the station went on air in July 1989. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

The first song played on independent radio in Ireland was Phil Lynott’s Old Town. I know, I was there, on the roof of St Stephen’s Green shopping c(...)

 Shareholder Mary Clarke from Wicklow speaking to David Duffy (left),  AIB chief executive and David Hodgkinson, chairman, AIB, at the agm yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was probably a sign of the changed mood in Ireland these days that the battalion of pensioners marching through Ballsbridge yesterday morning wa(...)

Shane Ross: he’s quite good at getting back to people when he wants to. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shane Ross says he doesn’t own a mobile phone. Nobody believes him. But the Independent deputy for Dublin South swears it’s true. So it mus(...)

The Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, which was a home from 1930 to 1970. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eighteen years ago, on May 11th, 1996, Padraig O’Morain wrote in this newspaper about a woman he called Eileen, whose baby was taken from her in a mot(...)

Dick Spring: former Kerry North TD did not give any indication of who he would support in the leadership contest. Photograph: Joe St Ledger

Former tánaiste and Labour leader Dick Spring is “extremely concerned” about the situation the party is in now, and said people are “beaten up” with a(...)

Former tánaiste  Dick Spring, chairman of the mobile phone technology company.

A mobile phone technology company chaired by former tánaiste Dick Spring has gone into receivership in Tralee, Co Kerry, with the loss of 45 jobs loca(...)

Clockwise from top left: Alan Kelly, Dominic Hannigan, Arthur Spring, Brendan Howlin, Alex White. Centre: Joan Burton.

Joan Burton: The Dublin West TD is the early favourite, and was quick out of the traps on Monday, canvassing backbenchers for support almost immediate(...)