Professor Ronan Fanning said ‘British failures were responsible for violence and the triumph of violence in Ireland’. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Veteran historian Professor Ronan Fanning has said violence worked in Ireland during the revolutionary period because of the “pusillanimous and inept (...)

Sr Conchita McDonnell and Sr Monica Devine. They have spent their lives educating the poorest of women. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Idealism, they say, dies with age. This was probably how that elderly former French prime minister Aristide Briand could say the person who wasn’t a s(...)

Former taoiseach John Bruton’s belief that Britain would have ceded independence to Ireland without an armed struggle has been described as “delusi(...)

 John Bruton: “Sinn Féin and the IRA should have used the Home Rule Act as a peaceful stepping stone to dominion status and full independence.”

The Easter Rising and subsequent War of Independence were “completely unnecessary” because Home Rule was already on the statute books, former taoiseac(...)

File image of former taoiseach and Fine Gael leader  John Bruton TD, speaking at a Young Fine Gael event in Galway.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former taoiseach John Bruton has predicted that Ireland could have another 10 years of austerity. Mr Bruton said the Irish people themselves had passe(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore , Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London greeting President Michael D. Higgins, on his arrival at a Youth Workshop at City Hall  in London earlier today. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ireland and the United Kingdom can enjoy a era of “boundless possibilities”, President Michael Higgins has said on the back of political change tha(...)

Daniel Gallagher, one of two Republican commissioners at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, said regulatory change has been “pretty intense” over the last three years in response to the financial crisis and that this should be reviewed before further regulations are introduced.

Ireland may have over-corrected how it regulates banks and financial services firms and should be “very careful” with further (...)

The IFSC in Dublin: There’s no doubt it has been a big success since Dermot Desmond first suggested the idea. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Michael Somers, the former head of the National Treasury Management Agency and current deputy chairman of AIB, didn’t pull his punches in his i(...)