Tumult: rebel prisoners in Dublin after the Easter Rising of 1916. Photograph: Photo12/UIG via Getty

In 1886, at the age of 21, Willie Yeats published a two-part essay on the poet Samuel Ferguson, who had recently died. Yeats declared of Ferguson, aut(...)

Cavan’s Eugene Keating locks horns with Kieran Duffy and Drew Wylie of Monaghan in the Ulster Championship two years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Even allowing for the usual vagaries, the 1995 Ulster Championship was a spin-the-wheel job. Down came into it as All-Ireland champions and were finis(...)

 Alex White: deputised for Tánaiste Joan  Burton at Opposition Leaders’ Questions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government and Opposition took exception to the line of questioning at a heated Opposition Leaders’ Questions.The chamber came to life, despite the cl(...)

 Frank Aiken as minister for defence in 1940 with troops at an open air Mass to celebrate St Patricks Day at Portobello Barracks, Dublin. Aiken appears to have been suspicious of the pro-Treaty side’s motives in proposing the Northern initiative in 1922, particularly in light of the risk it posed to the Treaty settlement. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In the spring of 1922, as southern Ireland drifted towards civil war, rival republican factions conspired to support renewed violence in Northern Irel(...)

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan is under increasing political pressure to withdraw remarks about two Garda whistleblowers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The Garda Commissioner is appointed by the Government and is responsible to the Minister for Justice, who, in turn, is accountable to Dáil Éire(...)

Dick Barry (second from right), then parliamentary secretary (minister of state) to the minister for health, pictured in April 1974 at the annual general meeting of St Ultan’s Hospital in Dublin with JJ Jones, chairman; Anne McEvoy, matron; and Seán Hurley, secretary. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Former Fine Gael TD and minister of state Dick Barry played a prominent role on the Cork political stage but also served as a stalwart for Fine(...)