President Michael D Higgins and Helen Litton great-grandniece of Tom Clarke during a ceremony where the East Link bridge was renamed to Tom Clarke Bridge in Ringsend, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tom Clarke, first signatory of the 1916 Proclamation, stands in Irish history alongside O’Donovan Rossa, John Devoy, and Robert Emmet, President Micha(...)

Martin Mansergh: Proclamation was a “pledge of non-discrimination to the religious minority, not an early harbinger of Educate Together”. Photograph: David Sleator

The most quoted phrase in the Proclamation, “cherishing all of the children of the nation equally”, should not be interpreted as referring to a moder(...)

‘It has been more than a month since the country voted in the general election but the pathway to government formation looks as uncertain as it did when the results first came in.’ File photograph: Aidan Crawley

It has been more than a month since the country voted in the general election but the pathway to government formation looks as uncertain as it did whe(...)

Another election is the only outcome if everybody else adopts the same attitude as the Social Democrats and refuses to take responsibility for government formation. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The outline of a potential government is tentatively emerging from the fog of the general election result. Whether it will be strong enough to survive(...)

Ireland’s ambassador to Britain, Dan Mulhall: he and Cambridge history professor Eugenio Biagini have revisited Conor Cruise O’Brien’s 1960 book The Shaping of Modern Ireland  with The Shaping of Modern Ireland – A Centenary Assessment

Over three days last week at Churchill College, Cambridge, historians from around the world discussed the Easter Rising in the context of the revoluti(...)

Tony Gregory’s deal with former taoiseach Charles Haughey was read into the Dáil record to some shock in 1982.

One healthy feature of Irish democracy is that election outcomes are not always predictable and can push parties and others outside their normal comfo(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien was among the coffin-bearers, as the remains of PJ Mara, the former government press secretary, were removed to St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

A Requiem Mass for Patrick Joseph (PJ) Mara, the former government press secretary and Fianna Fáil strategist, has taken place in Dublin. Former tao(...)

“Mr Haughey was initially strongly critical of the Anglo-Irish Agreement”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The claim that former Taoiseach Charles Haughey “distrusted” his own Department of Foreign Affairs is highlighted in Northern Ireland Office files ju(...)

Former taoiseach  Bertie Ahern.

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has acknowledged the extraordinary journey DUP leader Peter Robinson made from being a loyalist “hard man” to a strong (...)

Former  minister Pat Carey: has “absolutely and unconditionally” denied “any impropriety” after sexual abuse allegations against a politician, adding  he did not know if  allegations related to him. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has appointed TD Billy Kelleher as the party’s director of elections for next year’s general election, following th(...)