Fine Gael and Fianna Fail – are stating their positions and their policies in language which avoids, like the plague, the shorthand words that have been traditionally, and correctly, used to express the ideological divide in democratic politics: left and right. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Now that the starting gun has been officially fired for the 2016 general election, two significant trends have emerged which, taken together, indicate(...)

The university will also host a live post-debate analysis show capturing commentator’s reactions which will be broadcast from campus directly after the debate. Photograph: Press 22

The University of Limerick will host the first ever RTE general election TV debate to be held outside Dublin. The event will be broadcast live from (...)

 The Irish flag is lowered outside the GPO by army personnel. RTÉ has released  50 audio and visual recordings from its archives to coincide with the centenary of the Rising.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The RTÉ drama Rebellion is noteworthy for its portrayal of women as being front and centre of the fighting during the Easter Rising, but the real wome(...)

Prof Roy Foster: “I think they were very carefully planned to avoid the pitfalls of crude triumphalism.” Photograph: The Irish Times

The Government has got the balance right in how it plans to commemorate Easter 1916, distinguished Irish historian Prof Roy Foster has said. Speaking(...)

Fine Gael is expected to add Paddy Harte jnr to its ticket in Donegal this weekend.

Paddy Harte jnr is expected to be announced as a Fine Gael general election candidate in Donegal in the coming days. There has been much speculation (...)

Brian Cowen served as taoiseach from May 2008 to March 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Department of the Taoiseach has yet to give the go-ahead for an official portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen, almost five years after he left(...)

Former  minister of state for women’s affairs Nuala Fennell: “I am sorry to say that our record over the past two years does not stand up to scrutiny.”  Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

A strongly worded complaint about the government’s record of promoting women to State boards was sent to then finance minister Alan Dukes in 1985 by (...)

Lord Robert Armstrong, cabinet secretary under Mrs Thatcher and one of  key negotiators of the  agreement,  at an event marking the agreement’s 30th anniversary in  Trinity College Dublin last November. Photograph: Eric Luke

During the framing of the historic Anglo-Irish Agreement of November 1985, Garret FitzGerald took the opportunity of a joint meeting in Lisbon to comp(...)

 Barrister  Frank Callanan with former chief justice  Thomas O’Higgins: Mr O’Higgins replaced Judge Andreas O’Keeffe as the Irish judge at the European Court of Justice. Photograph: David Sleator

Former chief justice Thomas O’Higgins was happy to accept an appointment as the Irish judge at the European Court of Justice, but was worried about h(...)

Dr Garret FitzGerald: in July 1985,  he received a letter written in French about “le film pornographic Hail Mary” was sent, from Knock, Co Mayo. His private secretary asked: “Should we reply in English, French or not at all?”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Concerns that a sex-shop chain would open branches in the Republic prompted strongly worded letters to Charlie Haughey and Garret FitzGerald from the(...)