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”.(...)

Frank Rossiter, an Irish-American living in Savannah, Georgia, next to the grave of his great-grandfather Patrick Buttimer, from Cork, in the city’s Catholic cemetery. Buttimer was a Confederate veteran in the American civil war, and a veteran’s cross marks his grave. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Spanish moss hangs from the cedar tree like ghostly fingers protecting her resting place. It’s a scene that captures the beauty of Savannah, Ge(...)

Colm Hefferon, son of Arms Trial witness Col Michael Hefferon (in photograph  frame), who has called on the Government to release more documents. Photograph: Alan Betson 4:07

The son of a former Army head of intelligence has called for an “independent trawl” of government files to help establish the truth behind the 1970(...)

Young Irish historians have done much in recent years to exploit the release of an abundance of archival material covering Irish politics from the 192(...)

James Lawless, editor of Cuisle, the Fianna Fáil newsletter, at his stand on the second day of the party’s 74th Ardfeis in the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson

This will go down as one of the most nondescript of the 74 ardfheiseanna that Fianna Fáil has held. There was none of the messianic adul(...)

Former Fianna Fail leader Charles Haughey addresses a party Ard Fheis

The 73rd Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis begins tonight in the RDS in Dublin. The event has long been a highlight of the political year for a party that (...)