Protesters wearing masks of Enda Kenny  and Micheál Martin.  The difficulties of bringing the two parties together are underrated. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

On August 12th, 1927, Fianna Fáil TDs took their seats in the Dáil. After the assassination of minister for justice Kevin O’Higgins the previous month(...)

Brechtian: Kate Brennan in Wayne Jordan’s production of The Plough and the Stars. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

When Seán O’Casey took his seat for the fourth night of his new drama The Plough and the Stars he dryly noted that two plays were actually taking plac(...)

 The Abbey Theatre in its early days. Photograph: the Abbey Theatre.

There was a special meeting of the Abbey Board in January 1939 to mark the death of WB Yeats, which had occurred a few days earlier in the south of Fr(...)

  Former Taoiseach,   Jack Lynch  ... John Peck, the British ambassador in Dublin, reported asking him   how important the issue of reunification was to the Republic’s electorate, and “his answer amounted to saying that they could not care less.” Photograph: Eric Luke

In January 1923, an interned nationalist teacher in Belfast wrote to the new Free State’s minister for education, Eoin Mac Neill: “The bitter part is (...)

Charming guff: Nigella Lawson, back on BBC Two. Photograph: Gary Moyes

This is the year of Irish design, which I suspect will come as news to people who aren’t directly involved in or especially interested in that world. (...)

Screenshot from the National Archives web site detailing the extent of surveillance on the leaders of the Easter Rising.

Secret police files detailing the extent of surveillance on the leaders of the Easter Rising have been made available to the public for the first time(...)

Enda Kenny: Fished out a substantial sheaf of paper from his folder and gave the Dáil a history of the many unsuccessful attempts by various taoisigh and ministers to institute an awards system. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Taoiseach will not be wearing a row of 40 medals on his chest to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. We say “he,” but that all depends(...)

Former Fine Gael leader John Bruton: “The 1916 leaders explicitly took the opposite side in this war to their fellow Irishmen in the trenches.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

John Bruton last night repeated his strong reservations about the commemoration of the 1916 Rising, opening up clear differences with the Taoiseach a(...)

Former minister for finance Ernest Blythe who, in a previous era of austerity, cut the old-age pension still found public funds to translate Dracula i(...)

Ronnie Masterson, who has died aged 87, was one of the best-known stage actor of her generation in Ireland from the 1940s to the 1970s, who the(...)