Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There is a growing consensus among Government backbenchers that the general election will be held in late February or early March next year. “B(...)

Enda Kenny  will be watching the polls closely as his Government heads down the final straight. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians of all parties are doing their best to relax in the dog days of August in advance of the frenetic run-in to the general election, but spec(...)

  Ciara Kerrigan,  project manager of the National Library’s digitisation of parish registers, showing the new website to  Enda Kenny and Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

An online resource for researching family history from the 18th and 19th centuries will prompt a wave of genealogical tourists to visit Ireland in the(...)

Glory years: Alfie Byrne, nicknamed ‘the shaking hand of Dublin’ because of his relentless canvassing

He was elected lord mayor of Dublin a record 10 times. He was also an MP, a TD and a senator. Such was his popularity that he once looked likely to b(...)

An undated image of the Ford factory in Cork. In 1984, the company announced 800 of its 1,000 employees would lose their jobs.

The announcement of the closure of the Ford factory in Cork in January 1984 with the loss of 800 jobs took taoiseach Garret FitzGerald by surprise, ac(...)

Win Butler, lead singer with Arcade Fire, has agreed to back a new charity coffee from Haiti having been persuaded by Kerryman Conor Murphy to back the venture

Good morning, The Anglo Irish Bank saga nears an end as Tom Lyons reports that the special liquidators have less than 500 million euro of loans(...)

Gerard Collins. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gerard CollinsGerard Collins won a Dáil seat in Limerick West for Fianna Fáil after the death of his father, a TD, in 1967, and went on to become a lo(...)

Former PD leader Des O’Malley at the launch of his memoir Conduct Unbecoming in the Mansion House in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Des O’Malley can be considered a very significant and influential figure in modern Irish politics. He was a young minister for justice at a time of tu(...)

The headstone over WT Cosgrave’s grave, damaged by vandals, in Goldenbridge cemetery,  Inchicore. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The headstone of WT Cosgrave, the first leader of the Irish Free State, has been vandalised in Goldenbridge cemetery in south Dublin. The top of the m(...)

Michael Laffan (left) at the launch of his biography of WT Cosgrave at the Royal Irish Academy yesterday with  former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave,  and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Johnny Bambury

It was the launch of a scholarly biography on his father, WT Cosgrave, but it was his son, former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, who stole the show. He moun(...)