Peter Barry minister for foreign affairs and  Tom King the northern ireland secretary in 1986. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

The response by the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) to mounting pressure from the government under the Anglo-Irish Agreement for greater recognition of (...)

Pundit JJ Delaney will be analysing the Leinster SHC match between Galway and Laois live on Sky Sports this Saturday.   Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Of course Brian Cody drives it all, reinventing his team more in the last two seasons than any time during his 16-year reign. But there’s also that u(...)

Bill O’Herlihy: his courtesy generated a co-operative equanimity, even in the face of turbo-charged egos and sharp disagreements. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Bill O’Herlihy, who has died aged 76, was a journalist whose career, stretching over print and broadcast media for more than half a century, was as le(...)

Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are each paid €80,810 annually. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are receiving the highest State pensions for politicians, according to figures revealed in th(...)

Former taosiaech Bertie Ahern (left) and then minister for finance Brian Cowen pictured in 2008. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are receiving the highest State pensions for politicians, according to figures revealed to th(...)

 Rioters turn a burning lorry into a barricade in the Divis Flats area of Belfast in May 1981 as violence erupted following the death of Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

The Irish government’s desire to see the demolition of the high-rise Divis Flats in west Belfast “to reduce the influence of Sinn Féin” is highlighted(...)

Northern secretary Tom King: the meeting was eventually held in his London office. Photograph: Kevin McMahon

The Irish government sought to avoid having an Anglo-Irish meeting held in London because it perceived the city as “the old imperial capital”, a Briti(...)

Minister for foreign affairs Peter Barry alleged that “members of the minority community had been left unprotected”. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

A decision by police in the North to allow an Orange parade to pass along the Garvaghy Road in Portadown on July 12th, 1986, brought Anglo-Irish rela(...)

David Norris: one of the government’s strategies was a plan to persuade the court he was “not a ‘victim’ because he has never been prosecuted or questioned by the police”. Photograph: David Sleator

The government conceded in an internal memorandum in 1984 that a finding against it under European law in the David Norris case “seems unavoidable”, (...)

Seán Donlon, Irish ambassador to the US during US president Ronald Reagan’s visit to Ireland in 1984. Photograph: Frank Miller

The opposition in Ireland to US president Ronald Reagan’s visit in 1984 made little impact in the White House, documents from the Department of Foreig(...)