Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has called a meeting over a proposal which would see the break-up of an 800 year old diocese. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A meeting has been called by the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough Michael Jackson to discuss proposed changes which would see it(...)

British prime minister David Cameron. “The odd way in which the threat of a British exit makes the notion of Europe interesting again is actually quite familiar.” Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Most ideas prove themselves by working well. The idea of Europe, on the other hand, seems to be most powerful when it’s going disastrously wrong. Over(...)

Mount Rushmore: Abraham Lincoln may pass muster, but Thomas Jefferson (slave owner), George Washington (slave owner) and Theodore Roosevelt (white supremacist and imperialist) do not. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty

Who’d have thought that the most provocative visual art of our time would be old statues of old white guys? From Cape Town to New Orleans, from Oxford(...)

This fecklessness matters. It means that ministers can get away with pretty much anything. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 31st Dáil should be sent on its way with the words of Oliver Cromwell to the rump parliament of 1653 ringing in its ears: “You have been sat too l(...)

This article is one of more than 100 sent in response to The Irish Times’ invitation to readers to share their thoughts and feelings about 1916 and i(...)

SG MacLean: “He may have been a genius in the field, but in my reading Cromwell the man emerges as a hypocrite, a bully, a leader who condoned absolute savagery, perhaps a megalomaniac. Antonia Fraser’s 900-page panegyric utterly failed to convince me otherwise. But there is a truth to be glimpsed behind Fraser’s adulation: a yeoman from the fens couldn’t have risen to virtually occupy the throne of England had he not had the mesmeric personality so often seen in men of obscure origins who come to almost complete power. How does a writer of fiction deal with such a man?”

The Seeker, featuring a Captain of the Guard and officer in the intelligence network of the Cromwellian Protectorate, is the first in a series set in (...)

Edmund Spenser’s very rare The Faerie Queene, published in London in 1596, which collector Tony Sweeney    described as “the most majestic English language allegorical poem to be written in this country”, is   estimated at €3,000-€5,000

Collectors of rare books, from Ireland and overseas, will be among the bidders at Adam’s in St Stephen’s Green when a collection of “books, broadsides(...)

Four volumes containing the unique copies of ‘The Flapper’, a magazine produced in 1904-1910 by the Shaw children of Bushy Park House, Terenure, Dublin sold for €4,400

Auction results: Friday (December 5th) Bonhams, London. A Kunstkammer table-top cabinet made in Augsburg, Germany during the mid-17th century, and fo(...)

The brass plate from the coffin of Oliver Cromwell, the man who ordered the massacre of thousands of Irish people, confiscated land and ordered Catholics to go ‘To Hell or to Connacht’, was sold for £74,500 at auction on Tuesday. Photograph: Sotheby’s London

A brass plate retrieved from the coffin of Oliver Cromwell when his body was exhumed in 1661 has sold at auction in London for £74,500 (€94,965).The p(...)

Oliver Cromwell’s ‘coffin plate’ was “found in a leaden canister, lying on the breast of the corpse”, according to Sotheby’s. Photograph: Sotheby’s

A grisly memento from the grave of Oliver Cromwell, the most-hated name in Irish history, has come to light and will be sold at auction in London on (...)