US president Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, in the Ronald Reagan Pub in Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary, in 1984. Photograph: Pat Langan

The Garda Síochána exceeded its powers in detaining a group of women protesters for the duration of US president Ronald Reagan’s visit to Dublin in (...)

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(...)

When then US president Bill Clinton (left) decided to issue a visa to Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams in 1994, then British prime minister John Major (right) would not speak to him and  “the British were incandescent with rage”,  former Irish diplomat Sean Donlon said.

Tim O’BrienBritish prime minister John Major refused to speak to US president Bill Clinton for weeks after the US granted a visa to Gerry Adams in 199(...)

Ronan Mullen accused the Coalition Government of engaging in spin.

Senator Ronan Mullen (Independent) warned a “sad new chapter’’ would open in Irish life if the Government forced the Protection of Life During Pregnan(...)

It is understood that Sean Donlon will resign his corporate directorships when he joins the EBRD in mid-July. He will also forgo his public pension for the duration of his appointment. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Government is preparing to appoint Seán Donlon, former chief of the Department of Foreign Affairs, to Ireland’s seat on the board of the European (...)