Labour TD Michael McNamara is set to marry the grand-daughter of former president Patrick Hillery. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Labour TD is set to marry the grand-daughter of former president Patrick Hillery. The engagement of Clare backbencher Michael McNamara and fellow ba(...)

Former president and UN secretary-general’s special envoy on climate change Mary Robinson (right) with Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Harry McGee Political Correspondent It was possibly the strangest St Valentine’s Day wooing in recent Irish political memory but the unexpected declar(...)

Former president Mary Robinson with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the funeral of Dr Maeve Hillery today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has led the mourners at the funeral of Dr Maeve Hillery in Sutton, Dublin, today.Dr Hillery, widowof former president Dr P(...)

A 1990 photograph of Dr Maeve Hillery (second left) and her husband Patrick (second right) with Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, and then taoiseach Charles J Haughey at Arás an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Maeve Hillery, a doctor and the widow of former president Patrick Hillery, has died aged 90. A UCD medical graduate, Dr Hillery (nee Finnegan) passed (...)

Aidan Gillen (left) plays late former taoiseach Charles Haughey (right) in RTÉ1’s ongoing drama, Charlie. Photographs: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times/RTÉ 2:11

The final episode of RTÉ1’s Charlie, exploring the wiles and ways of late former Fianna Fáil taoiseach Charles Haughey, screens on Sunday night, Ja(...)

President Hillery: it was suggested that he sign thank-you letters for donations as low as $10.  Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald was  mentioned as an alternative signatory. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

A project involving tree-planting to be paid for by Irish-Americans got cautious government approval in 1984.But a suggestion that president Patrick H(...)

Tom Dunne: interviewed 11 of the German spies caught in Ireland during the Emergency

Tom Dunne, who has died aged 96, was a distinguished public servant who wore his experience at the heart of the international diplomatic world with gr(...)

Then President Mrs McAleese, accompanied by Queen Elizabeth of England and King Albert of Belgium during the official opening of the Island of Ireland Peace Park at Mesen in Belgium yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller

In 1967, Irish historian FX Martin referred to a deliberate “historical amnesia” about southern Irish links to the first World War, in contrast to the(...)

‘Dr Donald Caird’s  first curacy in east Belfast in the 1950s brought him face to face with the working-class community of the shipyards.’  Photograph: Jack McManus

If “the child is the father of the man” we may trace influences in Donald Caird’s career to his schooldays in Wesley College in the 1940s. Following a(...)

President Hillery paddles his way across the lake after  officially opening the Salmon Leap Canoe Club’s new clubhouse at Leixlip, Co Kildare, in May 1983. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

The advice of the attorney general’s office was sought in 1983 over whether Magill had committed a “criminal libel” through a humorous article lampoon(...)