Defences Forces personnel march past the GPO in a previous  1916 commemoration. Former taoiseach John Bruton has criticised plans  to have Army personnel visiting schools as part of the 1916 centenary. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach John Bruton has criticised the Government’s decision to have Army personnel visiting schools as part of the 1916 commemoration progra(...)

Eoin Mac Neill “was equally and utterly tough when it came to 1922 and the Civil War…he was absolutely clear that violence could be used’’, his grandson,  former minister for justice and former tánaiste Michael McDowell has said. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Nationalist leader Eoin Mac Neill was not some kind of “dotty professor’’ opposed to violence, his grandson, former tánaiste Michael McDowell, has sai(...)

Three 8in howitzers firing at the Battle of the Somme in August 1916. John Fox, who won an All-Ireland with Clare in 1914, was injured during the battle. File photograph: Getty Images

Several All-Ireland finalists fought in the first World War and some were killed, according to a new book on the GAA. Two won All-Ireland medals, Joh(...)

Sprightly former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave (93) stepped from his car and – old pro that he is – turned to face the grateful photographers with a cheery wave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Where is this council estate anyway? The President invited it to Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday.That’s a lot of chairs and biscuits. Good old Michael D.(...)