A plaque commemorating the 1916 leaders who were executed in Kilmainham Gaol. Photograph: Frank Miller

Those of us in the commemoration business, be it in respect of the Rising or of the broader decade of revolution that was 1912-22, don’t even attempt (...)

Sinn Féin candidate Kathleen Funchion in the groove with partner Eddie Wall during Strictly Let’s Dance Callan, which was held at the same time as the count for the Carlow/Kilkenny election seats. Funchion went on to take a Dáil seat but not the dance title. Photograph: Pat Moore

Some of the crowd at the count in Carlow-Kilkenny thought Sinn Féin’s Kathleen Funchion was being a bit presumptuous when she sashayed into the Cillin(...)

John Horgan: ‘It will take enormous stamina, youthful energy, and the ability to create or re-create a specifically Labour vision for the future of Ireland.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The election has demonstrated that one of the biggest shifts in electoral attitudes – and it is one that, in spite of the devastation of last week, sh(...)

Terence McCaughey: a keen consciousness of human imperfection and a sense of self-deprecating fun

Terence McCaughey, who has died aged 83, was a clergyman, an academic, an inveterate campaigner for progressive causes and a man of many parts whose r(...)

Former taoiseach Jack Lynch (right), with David Andrews (centre) and Sean Barrett at the official opening of the first multi-denominational school, Dalkey school Project National School, in 1984. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Are the snakes coming back? That was the question posed in 1976 by a nasty, sectarian and anonymous pamphlet circulated in response to the Da(...)

Hot press: John Horgan (right) checks the first Education Times with printers Harry Doyle and Tommy Butterly

I first met John Horgan in the late 1960s, when he was a religion and education correspondent for The Irish Times. It was a time of foment and change (...)

  Former press ombudsman Prof  John Horgan with    the author of John Redmond: A Life Undone, Irish Times foreign editor Chris Dooley,  at the book launch at Hodges Figgis in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Huge sacrifices” were made by John Redmond, which should be acknowledged even as the sacrifices of the leaders of the 1916 are acknowledged, author C(...)

A panel discussion with Roy Foster, Louise Ryan, Maurice Walsh and Diarmaid Ferriter takes place at the London Irish Centre on September 2nd.

In his political memoir, Conduct Unbecoming, founder of the now defunct Progressive Democrats Des O’Malley churns out a familiar myth still prevalent (...)

‘The core requirement here is that any system of accountability should enhance rather than diminish public trust in the media’s ability to do its job.’

The High Court clarification yesterday, although it might have been anticipated by lawyers, is an important landmark in the freedom of the press, whic(...)

Francie Molloy of Sinn Féin: The Westminster MP apologised for a tweet about the party and sexual abuse allegations

It has become almost de rigueur for people involved in public controversies nowadays to demand public apologies from people they regard as having c(...)