Eamon de Valera  inspects troops outside the GPO in Dublin on the 25th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising: The English have an innate distaste for de Valera because he personifies an independent Irish national identity, claims historian Ronan Fanning. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

The purpose of Éamon de Valera: A Will to Power is to seek to reconcile a recognition of the catastrophic consequences of de Valera’s petulant reje(...)

Sir, – Has our Government gone mad? Is it really true that thousands of pounds are to be spent in the cities and towns of our scheduled areas upon (...)

Felicity Hayes-McCoy: rhe silence surrounding the aspirations of the women who took part in the early political life of the Irish state did not come about by accident: though, as the title of my book implies, its genesis was complex

It was not as if I was unaware that Marion Stokes had been a member of Cumann na mBan. But along with that information came an unspoken sense that que(...)

Eamon de Valera’s letters to John Nix

For 50 years I thought I knew my grandfather. John Arthur Nix. Gentleman journalist, three-piece suit, cane, hat, an air of sophistication, erudite(...)

Prof Roy Foster has welcomed the ‘come-all-ye’ approach to centenary events for the Easter Rising. Photograph: Oxford University

The 1,800 events planned for next year’s Easter Rising commemorations have won approval from an unlikely source. Historian Roy Foster, whose work has(...)

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 (...)

Rare: 50 of these 1985 coins never made it back to the Central Bank

A rare 1985 Irish 20p coin sold for €7,200 and was the top lot at Whyte’s History auction in Dublin last Saturday. Regarded as one of Ireland’s rarest(...)

The “Blueshirt”, which includes the Fine Gael crest, that sold at Whyte’s on Saturday afternoon for €1,400.

An original Fine Gael “Blueshirt” from the 1930s sold at auction in Dublin for €1,400 on Saturday. This was within the €1,000-€1,500 estimate at Whyte(...)

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(...)

Villa Spada houses the Irish Embassy to the Vatican which was closed as a cost-cutting measure in 2011 before being reopened in 2014

As someone from a Northern Protestant background happily resident in Dublin, I know there is little or no point in trying to persuade my co-religionis(...)