Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern photographed in his office in 2001. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Bertie Ahern was one of the most popular and successful politicians in the history of the Irish state. He won three general elections in a row between(...)

Former Fianna Fáil minister of state John O’Leary  has claimed a meeting he had with Charlie Haughey led him to believe the former taoiseach was aware of the tapping of journalists’ telephones

A former Fianna Fáil minister of state has claimed a meeting he had with Charlie Haughey led him to believe the former taoiseach was aware of the tapp(...)

John O’Leary (left),  a Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry South from 1966 to 1997 and a minister of state from 1977 to 1979, with Charles Haughey. Mr O’Leary says in his memoirs that Haughey could be vindictive and many of his supporters were thugs. Photograph: On The Doorsteps, Memoirs of a long-serving TD.

Former taoiseach Charles Haughey could be vindictive and many of his supporters were thugs, a former Fianna Fáil minister of state has claimed in his (...)

Aidan Gillen (left) plays late former taoiseach Charles Haughey (right) in RTÉ1’s ongoing drama, Charlie. Photographs: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times/RTÉ 2:11

The final episode of RTÉ1’s Charlie, exploring the wiles and ways of late former Fianna Fáil taoiseach Charles Haughey, screens on Sunday night, Ja(...)

Mr Haughey, with Mr Tony Gregory, TD, before he started a sponsored cycle from Dublin to Kilnacrott, Co Cavan, to raise money for a holiday home for inner city children in 1982. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

  Brian Lenihan snr (above far right and, as played by Peter O’Meara, left) became a firm supporter of Charles Haughey when Haughey took o(...)

TK Whitaker: realised at an early stage that a reliance on tradition and “high-sounding cliches” would not serve this State’s maturation. Photograph: David Sleator / The Irish Times

How do you write the biography of the man many regard as Ireland’s greatest public servant without it being a gushing hagiography? With considerable d(...)

An echo from a grubby past

‘Low standards in high places”, was the accusation hurled by the late George Colley against his political rival Charlie Haughey. It had little effect.(...)

Frank Aiken as minister for external affairs at the United Nations

On February 13th, 1973 Fianna Fáil leader Jack Lynch announced the sudden retirement of Frank Aiken from politics on the grounds of “doctors’ orders”.(...)

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(...)

Donegal  construction workers photographed in 1910. The Catholic church was the main provider of ‘superior schools’ at the time, and its priority was to educate future clergy.

In this column last week, Dan O’Brien turned to history in an effort to explain why Ireland is not a nation of great entrepreneurs. He highlighted the(...)