Anti-Slavery International director Aidan McQuade was educated at Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School in Newry, a school the late former tánaiste Frank Aiken and former deputy first minister Séamus Mallon both attended.

A South Armagh man with an insatiable appetite for knowledge is at the centre of the campaign to eradicate slavery across the globe. Dr Aidan McQuade (...)

 Tim Pat Coogan and Adhamhnán Ó Súilleabháin, at the launch of the latter’s new book, Domhnall Ua Buachalla: Rebellious Nationalist, Reluctant Governor. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A new book reflecting on the life of nationalist and politician Domhnall Ua Buachalla has been launched by writer Tim Pat Coogan. The biography Domhna(...)

The proposed deal aimed at stopping Iran building a nuclear bomb would be “a significant achievement” to encourage countries to dismantle weapons unde(...)

Complex figure: Jim ‘Lugs’ Branigan in 1953. Photograph: Dermot Barry

With war engulfing Europe, many elite expeditionary forces executed secretive commando-style raids into enemy territory during March 1942. Dublin was (...)

 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(...)

Tánaiste Eamon  Gilmore spoke at an event to mark a new book on Frank Aiken (above), former minister for external affairs. Photograph: Sean Sexton/Getty Images

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said “economic diplomacy matters” as he reflected on Ireland’s overseas engagements during his(...)

Student nurses are given the BCG vaccine in 1958. Photograph: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Tuberculosis was a diagnosis peculiarly dreaded in Ireland for much of the 20th century. There was a stigma attached to sufferers: it seemed to run(...)

Some of those who qualified for the top rate like Frank Aiken 
and Frank Aiken
were also in receipt of substantial State salaries as ministers and TDs

The maximum military service pension amounted to a significant income in the 1920s and 1930s. The huge number of people that applied for the pension i(...)

Inside the GPO, Easter Week 1916. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives.

The myriad of personal stories contained in the Military Service Pensions Collection will open a new window on the 1916 to 1923 period in Irish histor(...)

Young Irish historians have done much in recent years to exploit the release of an abundance of archival material covering Irish politics from the 192(...)