Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny chats to President Michael D Higgins at the Easter Sunday commemoration ceremony and parade from O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

The Easter Sunday centenary commemoration at the GPO was told the “short lives and big dreams” of the men, women and children of 1916 “extended the ho(...)

Members of the Defence Forces march through  Dublin  as part of the programme of commemorative events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.  Photograph: Maxwells/AFP/Getty Images

At midday, they lowered the flag. And in the reflective silence, a nation stood proud and remembered. This was something special. It was truly a gr(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the GPO. Photograph: Maxwell

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has made a 1916 centenary appeal for politicians to work together in the national interest, in his most significant speech(...)

‘I had always assumed only Fine Gael politicians bought their suits in Brown Thomas.’  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

I had a lot on my mind walking down Grafton Street on Wednesday. I was on my way to the Irish Times office to take part in a political podcast discuss(...)

George Redmond in 2012. The tribunal paid €419,000 in legal fees to the recently deceased former planning official. File photograph: Collins Courts

The planning tribunal has generated almost €23 million in third-party legal fees over the past decade, including €8 million in the last two years, new(...)

Most of our partners in the European Union succumbed to strong men of the right or the dictatorship of the proletariat at some stage over the past century. Photograph: Roger Viollet/Getty Images.

The drama surrounding the counting of votes today in 40 constituencies around the State is a testament to the endurance of Irish democracy for almost (...)

Donogh O’Malley: “I believe that it is essential for a government from time to time to propound bold new policies which both catch the imagination of the people and respond to some widespread if not clearly formulated demand on their part”. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times.

In January Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys announced an €8 million project to improve facilities at the National Archi(...)

Wooing voters with unrealistic or dangerous promises devalues the strongest card in the party’s hand

Fine Gael delegates cooped up in Dublin’s City West Hotel for their party’s pre-election ardfheis this weekend would do well to heed the warning issue(...)

The Sunday Press was “a family, a very dysfunctional one at times, but [Willie Collins] loved every minute of his working life and all the people at Burgh Quay” [Irish Press group offices above]. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The late Willie Collins was no fan of emotional eulogies. “He had a strong view that in the eyes of God everybody is equal in death,” said son Stephen(...)

Brian Cowen served as taoiseach from May 2008 to March 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Department of the Taoiseach has yet to give the go-ahead for an official portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen, almost five years after he left(...)