Apart from Michael Collins, there were seven presidents and eight taoisigh to be considered, with one president and four taoisigh being “still alive”. Photograph: Hulton Archive

A proposed series of postage stamps featuring taoisigh and presidents were to include only deceased holders of the office, in part because next of kin(...)

Memo said former minister for communications Jim Mitchell would be pleased to see a ferry service to Cork, but was concerned about possible losses. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

A subsidy of £300,000 was suggested for a proposed Cork to Swansea ferry service, but the government was warned of the effects on B&I Ferries, Sta(...)

Judge Michael Reilly said some officers “prefer to turn a blind eye” to the activities of gangs in prisons. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prison officers have criticised the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, for offering unsubstantiated opinions after he concluded in a report t(...)

‘On Tuesday when the Taoiseach began to tell the Dáil that he has “been a supporter for a very long time of the idea that Dáil questions should be answered as fully and as completely as possible” the Opposition laughed in his face.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

In January 1992, Mr Justice Liam Hamilton, while chairing the long and expensive beef tribunal felt compelled to make the following observation: “If t(...)

The Prison Officers’ Association claims its members are being put at risk. Above, Mountjoy Prison Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Decisions taken by management at the Irish Prison Service (IPS) have contributed to situations where staff members are being placed in danger, accordi(...)

The heart of Dublin was so riddled by urban blight 40 years ago that one former Lord Mayor (the late Jim Mitchell, of Fine Gael) complained that it(...)

The late Jim Mitchell with Patsy, Ruairí and Sinéad in 1976

Walking up the stone steps and opening the front door of the Mansion House with their own keys is one the most striking memories for the families o(...)

Jim Mitchell: argued that the government should consider the threat to the creditworthiness of the State if ISL were liquidated. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

A bitter row between two senior Fine Gael cabinet ministers over Irish Shipping Ltd (ISL) is revealed in the State papers.With the State-owned company(...)

Able Seaman Des Branigan who served on the Irish Poplar, one of the Irish Shipping vessels,  in front of the company flag at a reunion to mark the 30th anniversary of the closure of the company.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Three decades after the controversial liquidation of Irish Shipping Ltd, former officers, crew and staff paid tribute to the role of the State compan(...)

The Irish Prison Service said it was ‘extremely disappointed’ at the stoppage. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Prison officers are planning further work stoppages in two of the State’s biggest jails after leaving their posts for a one- hour industrial action(...)