After a month of negotiations a new Fianna Fail-Labour government was formed on January 12th, 1993, 48 days after the election. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

In light of this week’s Irish Times poll it is worth remembering that a week is a long time in politics, and the weeks between an election an(...)

Labour leader Joan  Burton said the Eighth Amendment should be repealed and abortion made available in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, threats to the life of the mother or very serious health complications for the mother and in cases of rape and incest. File photograph: Getty Images

Tánaiste Joan Burton has expressed confidence that if Labour is returned to office after the next general election, the party will be in a position to(...)

 Seamus Mallon, Joe Hendron, Eddie McGrady and John Hume of the SDLP, at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin in 1985, after a meeting with taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and members of the cabinet.  Photograph: Jack McManus/The Irish Times

For the Northern nationalist community, the Anglo-Irish Agreement was truly transformational. More than a decade had passed since hopes of a new begin(...)

Peter Barry, Dick Spring, Garret FitzGerald, Margaret Thatcher, Geoffrey Howe and Tom King at the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985

The Anglo-Irish Agreement of November 15th, 1985 was formally abjured by the British and Irish governments on April 10th, 1998 as a key concession to (...)

Michael O’Flynn: concedes the “genuine, hardworking community” of developers made mistakes, but says bodies such as Nama have made things much worse. Photo: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

There’s a scene in the 1975 conspiracy thriller Three Days of the Condor where the fugitive hero, played by Robert Redford, asks a CIA boss who was(...)

Both parties are Trotskyist and advocate permanent revolution and political agitation through working class mass action in capitalist societies such as Ireland.

The coming together of the two small left-wing parties should have been the easiest graft in Irish politics but has proved to be the most difficult. (...)

Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The tender process for Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup will cost €1.5 million. Ireland are expected to provide a detailed programme to (...)

Dick Spring, who last night said he had made contact with Alan Curran. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Former tánaiste Dick Spring has agreed to meet the family of a man who died 33 years ago in a car crash involving the ministerial car in which he wa(...)

One of Ireland’s all-time great fullbacks Hugo MacNeill. He will be a member of the oversight board

The IRFU’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup could, if successful, benefit the Irish economy to the tune of €800 million plus.The union has announ(...)

Páraic Duffy has been named on the 2023 Ireland Rugby World Cup bid board. Photograph: Inpho

The IRFU, along with the Irish Government and the Northern Ireland executive, have announced a number of appointments to Ireland’s 2023 Rugby World Cu(...)