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(...)

Young Irish artist Will Sliney,  who has been chosen by US giant Marvel Comics as their main artist on such as titles as Spider-Man, Avengers and X-Men, has been chosen as Cork Person of the Month for July. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

A young Irish artist who has been chosen by US giant Marvel Comics as their main artist on such as titles as Spider-Man, Avengers and X-Men has been c(...)

Former Fianna Fáil taoiseach Jack Lynch and minister for foreign affairs Dr Patrick Hillery signing the treaty of accession to the European Economic Community  in Brussels in  1972. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said the two would be spinning in their graves over Brian Crowley’s decision to join the ECR group in the European Parliament. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times.

Former taoiseach Jack Lynch and his close ally Paddy Hillery would be “spinning in their graves” at the idea of Fianna Fáil aligning itself with the r(...)

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”.(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Jack Lynch watches Liam Cosgrave conceding that he has lost the 1977 general election

A H, the razzmatazz of politics. The coloured balloons, the speeches, the flag-waving. The heady triumph of winning a general elect(...)

Michael Smurfit leaving the Moriarty tribunal: “Tribunal reports are extremely flawed”, he says. “A finding is considered to be de rigueur law, but it is not. It is one man’s opinion of what he thinks has happened.”

Michael Smurfit says he played a crucial role in creating the conditions for Ireland to become a hub for technology giants like Microsoft and Intel(...)

Lady Valerie Goulding of the Central Remedial Clinic: her charity work was recognised in 1977 when taoiseach Jack Lynch appointed her to the Seanad

Lady Valerie Goulding, mother of Central Remedial Clinic chairman Hamilton Goulding, was a founder and later the major driving force behind the clini(...)