Artist Kaya Mar stands  near parliament with his cartoon painting depicting chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne waving an axe. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

George Osborne got out of bed yesterday in his family flat overhead No 10 Downing Street to the sound of Big Ben’s 6 o’clock bells, listening like so (...)

Considering the hardship of the time, the 1945 match programme was an impressive, advert-full, 26 pages, which included an extraordinary editorial-style piece about Croke Park’s place in the newly emerging world.

There was a time when the centre of democracy in Europe was situated in Ireland. Not at government headquarters off Kildare Street in Dublin, but just(...)

It was high in the Bavarian Alps that Adolf Hitler worked on the second volume of Mein Kampf. Smitten with the area, he eventually bought a chalet in (...)

Leadership candidate: Joan Burton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘The leader’s role in election victories and defeats is greatly exaggerated,” says Archie Brown. “In a very, very tight contest the relative popularit(...)

People attend a rally in Moscow to support the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea to Russia. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

‘A far-off country of which we know little” was Neville Chamberlain’s argument for doing nothing about Hitler’s 1938 annexation of Czechoslovak(...)

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan: “We’re faced with resolving two conflicting public policy options. We must not lose sight that there has to be, regrettably, a system of deportation if you are going to have an asylum system.”

Judges are forced to adjudicate on asylum applications pertaining to “far away countries of which we know little”, a senior High Court judge has said.(...)

Cheesiest Moment award: Enda Kenny’s personal note in his letter to David Cameron on the royal birth.

Enda’s speech on the Magdalene women was a stand-out moment. The emotion of the occasion got to everyone in the Dáil chamber that special night in (...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “He escaped after an hour and a half, promising to return when he’s done with his duties in Europe. The Senators looked less than gratified.”

The Taoiseach arrived with two undertakers in tow. Or civil servants, as they are more usually known. There was talk that Fianna Fáil would stage a wa(...)