At the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985: Peter Barry, Dick Spring, Garret FitzGerald, Margaret Thatcher, Geoffrey Howe and Tom King

Declassified state papers released today reveal mixed and even negative feelings towards the impending Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985 on the part of t(...)

Which Ministers can make it over Becher’s Brook? 4:04

Predicting the outcome of Enda Kenny and Joan Burton’s deliberations on the Cabinet is like asking a person who doesn’t know the difference between a (...)

Customers using the Luas yesterday on the 10th anniversary of its launch, alight at the St Stephen’s Green Luas stop in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Bringing back the trams was the trendy thing to do in the early 1990s. New tramways were already running in the French cities of Grenoble, Nantes and (...)

Mr Justice John Mac Menamin: told summer school there was  a need for greater public discussion on the major changes that might potentially flow from the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms. Photograph: Ronan Quinlan / Collins

The board that advises government on the selection of judges has divested itself of its power in that process by a dramatic shift in how it interpret(...)

Prof Philip Pettit from Princeton University (left) with Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn, and Prof Brian Nolan, principal, college of human sciences, UCD, at the UCD Garret Fitzgerald summer school in UCD yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It may seem counter-intuitive but putting more power into the hands of “unelected agents” at the expense of politicians can enhance democracy.That wa(...)

Veteran RTÉ presenter Bill O’Herlihy has said he has does not have a problem lobbying on behalf of the tobacco industry in relation to the issue of smuggling. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Veteran RTÉ presenter Bill O’Herlihy has said he has does not have a problem lobbying on behalf of the tobacco industry in relation to the issue of sm(...)

Atypical tiger: Alan Shatter in 2011. Photograph: David Sleator

In February 1979, when he was minister for health, Charlie Haughey rose in the Dáil and proclaimed that he had found “an Irish solution to an Irish pr(...)

Frances Fitzgerald with Taoiseach Enda Kenny after receiving her seal of office yesterday. The Dublin Mid-West TD is a staunch ally of her party leader. Photograph: Maxwells

In appointing Frances Fitzgerald as Minister for Justice, Enda Kenny has chosen a staunch ally who has impressed in delivering major reforms to childr(...)

‘I couldn’t imagine anything more exciting than politics.’ Betty Purcell at her home in Ranelagh, Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator

Betty Purcell is slight, very warm and always engaging. Sitting in the bright kitchen of her house in Ranelagh, it is strange to think how many(...)

The medal celebrates the work of an Irish scientist or engineer living and working in the US

The winner of the first St Patrick’s Day Science Medal has made major discoveries, includ(...)