Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83 , was a colourful and wily grassroots politician who achieved significant national influence as an Independent TD supporting minority Fianna Fail-led governments. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Jackie Healy-Rae, who has died aged 83 , was a colourful and wily grassroots politician who achieved significant national influence as an Independent(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

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”.(...)

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(...)

Charles Haughey with Neil Blaney in 1970 at the Arms Trial.

It has taken a long time for the truth to emerge but the finding of the Smithwick Tribunal that someone in Dundalk Garda station colluded with the IRA(...)

View from Baggot Street showing the ESB plans to redevelop their offices on Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin

Let’s take a step back.Since its unveiling last week, the proposal for the new ESB headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin has been creating a de(...)

The ESB offices on Fitzwilliam Street Lower. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Almost 50 years since the demolition of 16 Georgian houses in what was described by conservationists as one of the worst acts of vandalism in the h(...)

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(...)

Bernard McGlinchey: a  driven political strategist and hard-headed businessman capable of great personal generosity.

Bernard McGlinchey, who has died in his native Letterkenny, Co Donegal, was part of the dynamic generation of Fianna Fáil politicians who came (...)

Harry Blaney:  Noreen Blaney said her father, who died on Monday aged 85, was always happiest at home on the farm, despite his period as a TD, a county councillor and even in his younger days spending a period in Glasgow on a football trial for Celtic.

A group of veteran Fianna Fáil stalwarts and Blaneyites gathered outside the Catholic church at Massmount on the beautiful Fan(...)