Former Dublin captain Sean Doherty who was inducted into the All-Ireland Kick Fada Hall of Fame. Doherty captained Dublin to success in 1974 and added further winner’s medals in 1976 and ’77. Photo: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile .

In the 40 years since Sean Doherty captained Dublin to the All-Ireland title the style and execution of Gaelic football has changed beyond recognitio(...)

Photograph: Matt Kavanagh 6th  An image from September 1994 showing the then taoiseach Albert Reynolds (centre) shaking hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams (left) and SDLP leader John Hume outside Government Buildings after a discussion of ways to advance the peace process following the IRA’s ceasefire announcement of August 31st. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Albert Reynolds, like his British counterpart at the time John Major, may never have obtained the profile of some of the celebrated and notorious poli(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Ivan Connaughton: highlighting the failure of the upturn in the economy to impact on constituents

A much-quoted observation throughout the Roscommon-South Leitrim constituency these days is that the forthcoming byelection is Fianna Fáil’s to lose.(...)

Rachel Doherty: “This is not about having women for the sake of it, but about offering choice, taking geography and other factors into consideration.”

Politics will continue to be an exclusive and largely male pursuit until political parties take a serious look at a more representative system, two f(...)

The first candidate in the Roscommon/South Leitrim by-election has been declared,with Fianna Fáíl’s selection of Ivan Connaughton at a selection convention tonight.

The first candidate in the Roscommon/South Leitrim by-election has been declared,with Fianna Fáíl’s selection of Ivan Connaughton at a selection conv(...)

A grim year remembered

Official records released by the National Archives under the thirty year rule and dealing with subjects ranging from budgetary matters to the removal (...)

The cabinet files do not record what was said in Michael Noonna’s conversations with Patrick McLaughlin and Joseph Ainsworth on the evening of January 18th

The cabinet meetings of January 18th, 19th and 20th, 1983, were among the most dramatic in Irish political history as ministers considered how to deal(...)

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny jokes with buskers on Jones Road on the way to the All-Ireland semi-final.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is after ten in the morning at 238th Street station and down below, Gaelic Park is lit by sunshine and its playing field is empty. Along the(...)

 Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at at Citizenship Ceremony in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The modern era and the advent of instant communications has thrown up a number of new political rules, all conceived by another modern phenomen(...)