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(...)