Margaret Thatcher complained that the “behaviour of the Irish authorities in the Ryan case sapped confidence in their willingness to combat terrorism in the spirit of the Anglo-Irish Agreement and made that Agreement appear to many as a hollow sham.” Photograph: PA Wire

The Irish authorities’ “total inability to act in a timely fashion” when it came to handing over to the UK those allegedly involved in terrorist activ(...)

I cannot, simply cannot stand Rachel and Steve. Or Steve and Rachel. I would pity that silent guy they live next door to if it wasn’t for the red, ant(...)

Former Minister for Justice Gerry Collins and former Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Lenihan at the opening of the Fianna Fail Ard-Fheis in the RDS, Dublin in 1984. Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

In recently released State Papers former Minister for Foreign Affairs Brian Lenihan described the period after the 1987 Poppy Day bombing in Enniskill(...)

The late Jerry Collins in action for New Zealand during the 2007 World Cup. Photograph: William West/Getty Images

Two major stories from the world of sport dominated the headlines all day yesterday. One was genuinely tragic. The other was merely sad – in the small(...)

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly with  Aoife (9) and Cathal Gray (7) from Ringsend, Dublin, after the plain-packaging Bill was passed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government is prepared for a legal challenge from tobacco companies following the expected enactment of its plain-packaging Bill last night. Min(...)

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

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(...)

Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83 , was a colourful and wily grassroots politician who achieved significant national influence as an Independent TD supporting minority Fianna Fail-led governments. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83 , was a colourful and wily grassroots politician who achieved significant national influence as an Independent(...)

Screengrab from the suicide-prevention campaign

The first commercial-scale suicide-prevention communications campaign rolls out this week with Little Things, a multimedia campaign created by Dublin (...)

Gerry Collins:  ‘There is a natural sympathy for the Scots in Ireland.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Former minister for foreign affairs Fianna Fáil’s Gerry Collins has backed Scottish independence, saying small countries have “no baggage”, are “am(...)

Family: Gerry Collins with his wife, Delly, and children Stephen, Ciara and Lisa. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Don’t smoke, don’t start and, for those who have, stop.” Gerry Collins delivered his message in an HSE advert shown during RTÉ’s (...)