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(...)

A file photo from 2008 showing Frank Flannery (right) with the Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Few people have had such an influence on Fine Gael in the last three and a half decades as Frank Flannery. The former rehab chief executive was one(...)

Crossmaglen Rangers’ and Armagh’s Joe Kernan plays a major role in the club’s story. Photograph: Eric Luke

The most extraordinary aspect of the Crossmaglen Rangers story, as so compellingly told in the recent BBC Northern Ireland documentary by Natalie Mayn(...)

Shelia O’Leary (94) at the 1916  commemoration parade  outside the GPO in  Dublin. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Among the thousands of relatives who attended yesterday’s Easter Sunday parade, none were positioned closer to the GPO than 94-year-old Sheila O’Leary(...)

One of the most significant things the Republic could do now is to move on from commemorating the men and women of 1916 and continue to build on what (...)

Micheal Martin TD leader of Fianna Fail and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the annual turning on of the Christmas Tree lights in Leinster House last December. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

I’ve been doing a bit of digging into the election manifestoes of our two largest political parties to get a handle on how Herculean a task it might b(...)

The president has the discretion to refuse to dissolve the Dáil where the taoiseach has ceased to retain the support of a majority. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Being president of Ireland is an unusual job. Candidates need to be political animals – it would be rather difficult to be elected to the office other(...)

Free-market language, ideas and goods are nothing new. But increasingly they are shaping our publicly funded education institutions. Photograph: Getty Images

What do universities and restaurants have in common? Quite a lot, it appears, if you happen to endorse free-market values of education. Consider th(...)

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 (...)