At the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985: Peter Barry, Dick Spring, Garret FitzGerald, Margaret Thatcher, Geoffrey Howe and Tom King

Declassified state papers released today reveal mixed and even negative feelings towards the impending Anglo-Irish Agreement in 1985 on the part of t(...)

Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune campaigning for the European election in Kilkenny yesterday with former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave made a rare public appearance yesterday to campaign for Fine Gael European election candidate Senator Deirdre Clune. Ms(...)

President Michael D Higgins said it was an honour to  become a Freeman of a city of writers, poets, sports stars, patriots and composers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins today recalled Cork’s great contributions to Irish politics, sport and culture over the past 100 years as he spoke (...)

Deirdre Clune: Yesterday’s “Irish Examiner” front page featured a large advert for Ms Clune’s campaign. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael European Parliament candidate Simon Harris has called for stricter spending limits in campaigns to prevent ca(...)

John Hume and Séamus Mallon at the New Ireland Forum in 1983. Photograph: Pat Langan

The SDLP leader in 1984 John Hume resisted pressure from the British Government at that time to abandon his search for an all-Ireland solution in favo(...)

President Michael D Higgins today paid tribute to the Christian Brothers for their contribution to Irish education when he attended a ceremony to mark(...)

Dick Barry (second from right)  former Fine Gael TD and minister of state seen in  1974. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Former Fine Gael TD and minister of state Dick Barry who died on Sunday at the age of 93 was yesterday praised for his willing(...)

I’ve recently played an amusing new party game called Which Minister Said? It is more difficult than you might think. For example, which(...)