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 (...)

Upon my word, I have thought that it takes a lot to take the wind out of MY sails but it was done a matter of days ago by the sinister mafia who call (...)

Jack Lynch  sent a toned-down message of goodwill to the cabaret, saying: “Your light-hearted entertainment will bring pleasure to our friends in North America.”

Former taoisigh were discouraged from endorsing the Jury’s cabaret as a means of promoting Ireland’s image overseas, with officials warning “the en(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: went and ruined everything by announcing she wasn’t going to beat her way into the Dáil chamber, resume her sit-in and force the ushers to carry her out. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Unbearable tension in Leinster House when the Dáil returned for business on Tuesday. The ushers were wearing shinpads and loosening up by lifting dumb(...)

Joe Walsh, who has died aged 71, was a long-serving Fianna Fáil minister in the Department of Agriculture who made his political peace with Charles Ha(...)

Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I’m 75½ now, going on 76,” he says with a kind of amused gurgle, followed by a hacking cough. His health is fragile enough, compounded by a bad co(...)

Conditions for revolt

Perception counts. There is a growing realisation that Fine Gael’s bright new form of politics, promised three years ago, has begun to rust. As a gene(...)

Considering the hardship of the time, the 1945 match programme was an impressive, advert-full, 26 pages, which included an extraordinary editorial-style piece about Croke Park’s place in the newly emerging world.

There was a time when the centre of democracy in Europe was situated in Ireland. Not at government headquarters off Kildare Street in Dublin, but just(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Cork’s Alan Cadogan and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary clash in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A testing Sunday, that. From Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin to Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin and back again, and as ever you end up addled, half hear(...)