The Irish Management Institute. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It was established back in 1953 with the aim of training a new business elite that would lead Ireland’s economy out of the doldrums. At the time, Seán(...)

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(...)

Jack Lynch  sent a toned-down message of goodwill to the cabaret, saying: “Your light-hearted entertainment will bring pleasure to our friends in North America.”

Former taoisigh were discouraged from endorsing the Jury’s cabaret as a means of promoting Ireland’s image overseas, with officials warning “the en(...)

Able Seaman Des Branigan who served on the Irish Poplar, one of the Irish Shipping vessels,  in front of the company flag at a reunion to mark the 30th anniversary of the closure of the company.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Three decades after the controversial liquidation of Irish Shipping Ltd, former officers, crew and staff paid tribute to the role of the State compan(...)

The then president Mrs McAleese, accompanied by her husband Dr Martin McAleese greeting members of the All Ireland choir after the official dedication of the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Belgium in 1998. Photograph: FRANK MILLER

At 11 o’clock today, weather permitting, the sun will illuminate the interior of the Peace Tower in the Island of Ireland Peace Park at Messines in Be(...)

In 1982 Brian Farrell presided over the first ever televised leaders’ debate  in a general election, between the then heads of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, Charles Haughey  and Garret Fitzgerald  respectively. 4:23

Brian Farrell made an enormous contribution to Irish political life through his work as a broadcaster and an academic.Nobody else before or since has (...)

TK Whitaker: realised at an early stage that a reliance on tradition and “high-sounding cliches” would not serve this State’s maturation. Photograph: David Sleator / The Irish Times

How do you write the biography of the man many regard as Ireland’s greatest public servant without it being a gushing hagiography? With considerable d(...)

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(...)

Victorious: WT Cosgrave at College Green after his election as president of the executive council of the Free State in 1923. Photograph: Hulton Getty .

‘An extraordinary ordinary man” is how the former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave describes his father, WT Cosgrave, who led the Republic through its formativ(...)

People at work at the Sorwathe Tea Plantation, 90 minutes from the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Photograph: Conor Pope 1:32

The blame for Ireland’s cataclysmic economic crash can be traced back to tea. Were it not for our enduring love of the stuff, a love stretching back m(...)