Seán Conlon:  The Employment Appeals Tribunal found he threatened  his secretary  with losing her job in a “wholly inappropriate manner” and cast doubt on some of his evidence and claims made. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

An Employment Appeals Tribunal has found a Fine Gael TD made a “litany of breaches” of his former secretary’s employments rights and threatened her i(...)

Éamon de Valera with Winston Churchill in September 1953. Photograph: Royal Irish Academy

When Winston Churchill died 50 years ago, President Éamon de Valera paid tribute to him as a great Englishman but could not forebear from describing h(...)

Michael Collins features prominently in Michael Barry’s collection of photographs depicting the history of the Irish Civil War

History was my favourite subject in school. I loved the history books and most of all the photographs that graced them. For me these images were proof(...)

Sgt Maurice McCabe who compiled a dossier with allegations of Garda malpractice and failures within his own division of Cavan-Monaghan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

The dossier was compiled almost three years ago by Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe and related to allegations of Garda malpractice and failures(...)

In 1923, Cumann na nGaedheal vice-president Kevin O’Higgins denied that his party had preached anarchy and famously said, ‘we are the most conservative-minded revolutionaries that ever put through a successful revolution’.

In March 1923 the Cumann na nGaedheal government was criticised in the Dáil for allowing the military to seize cattle found trespassing on a landlord’(...)

Seán Conlan denies he harassed and bullied his former secretarial assistant, Cathy  Shevlin, and alleges she shared sensitive tally information with potential political rivals

A Fine Gael TD couriered a letter, written on his own Dáil headed paper, to a small business owner informing her she would be summonsed to an Employme(...)

Man of the cloth: WT Cosgrave disguised as Brother Doyle in 1920

When the First Dáil convened, in April 1919, its president, Éamon de Valera, appointed WT Cosgrave minister for local government in the new “rebel” Ir(...)

Victorious: WT Cosgrave at College Green after his election as president of the executive council of the Free State in 1923. Photograph: Hulton Getty .

‘An extraordinary ordinary man” is how the former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave describes his father, WT Cosgrave, who led the Republic through its formativ(...)

Michael O’Flaherty leaves Dublin Circuit Civil Court yesterday after he was ordered to pay €50,000 damages to a Dún Laoghaire businessman. Picture: Collins

A schoolteacher has been ordered to pay €50,000 damages to a former friend about whom he made defamatory remarks. It was the maximum Jud(...)

Thomas Hughes’s grave at Broomfield, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Carrickmacross Workhouse Cemetery

In the old cemetery at Broomfield, Co Monaghan, near where I grew up, is the grave of a man named Thomas Hughes. He died in 1942, and what I kn(...)