Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party John Redmond (1856 - 1918, left) with Irish nationalist politician John Dillon (1851 - 1927), circa 1910. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

John Bruton’s recent reassertion that he was a “Redmondite” drew a speedy response in this newspaper’s letters page. Gerry Adams recently referred to (...)

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan. Photograph: Frank Miller

The first class of Garda recruits for five years is to commence training in the autumn when 100 candidates take their places at the Garda College, (...)

Acting Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan arriving at Leinster House on   Thursday for an Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee meeting. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A claim by acting Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan that the loss of almost 1,500 gardaí in recent years has in no way affected the force’s polici(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron visit the grave of Willie Redmond in December 2013. Photograph: PA 2:25

Rediscovered letters from the front from Major Willie Redmond reveal his pride in his fellow Irish soldiers and his frustration at not being allowed t(...)

The European Committee of Social Rights ruling means gardaí will now be able to strike and negotiate pay. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gardaí have won the right to strike in a landmark decision handed down by the Council of Europe.The Council’s European Committee of Social Rights uphe(...)

Agsi general secretary John Redmond   said it was now seeking an ‘urgent meeting’ with Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

New Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is set for her first clash with Garda members after the group representing sergeants and inspectors said i(...)

Dr Richard O’Flaherty, a member of the Justice4All group , claimed in one case an elderly woman had slipped into a diabetic coma as gardaí questioned her about a relative’s alleged involvement in crime.

Training in An Garda Siochana has ground to a halt to such an extent that some detectives have not been trained at all, the body charged with identify(...)

“One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans.” – Otto von Bismarck (1888)The events that trigger change i(...)

Kaiser Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia,. Helmuth Von Moltke, German army chief of staff, and Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz on December 8th 1912, after news from London that Britain would not tolerate the crushing of France, Wilhelm met his top military, including both men. At what became known as “the War Council”, Moltke argued in favour of war, “the sooner the better”. Tirpitz argued “the navy would prefer to see the postponement of the great fight for one and a half years”. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
What will the British do?

‘The influence of the Irish crisis on German policy has generally been underestimated,” Northern Ireland historian ATQ Stewart wrote in his thriller-l(...)

1914: Edward Carson inspects a parade of armed Ulster Volunteers. By the time Carson announced in Belfast that an Ulster Division would be formed from the UVF, many young men, impatient with waiting, had already enlisted.  Photograph: Central Press/Getty
From brink of civil war

One hundred years ago, in spring 1914, the idea of an imminent world war was far from the minds of Ulster people. The focus was much closer to home. M(...)