President Michael D Higgins at the Military Archives  at Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The €5.4 million Military Archives building, one of the flagship capital programmes of the 1916 centenary commemorations, has been opened. The archi(...)

 Protesters wearing masks of Enda Kenny  and Micheál Martin.  The difficulties of bringing the two parties together are underrated. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

On August 12th, 1927, Fianna Fáil TDs took their seats in the Dáil. After the assassination of minister for justice Kevin O’Higgins the previous month(...)

When asked about the Civil War, former taoiseach Seán Lemass welled up and eventually replied: “Terrible things were done by both sides. I’d prefer not to talk about it”

It is no harm to be brought straight back down to Earth after the highs of a 1916 centenary commemoration that was characterised by pride and dignity.(...)

 President Éamon de Valera speaks  at the Garden of Rememberance on Easter Sunday 1966 during an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rising

Easter Sunday, April 10th, 1966, was “warm and bright, and Dublin was in a mannerly mood,” reported Mary Maher in The Irish Times. The official cerem(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with FF TDs as they arrive for the first day of the 32nd Dáil. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

They don’t like the term, “grand coalition”, the Fianna Fáil grassroots. There’s nothing grand at all about the idea of serving as a junior partner, o(...)

When a state joins the EU, we get to vote. An accession treaty must be endorsed by every member state. When we joined the then EEC with Britain, back (...)

Donogh O’Malley: “I believe that it is essential for a government from time to time to propound bold new policies which both catch the imagination of the people and respond to some widespread if not clearly formulated demand on their part”. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times.

In January Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys announced an €8 million project to improve facilities at the National Archi(...)

Taoiseach Martin backed by Minister Ross? An unlikely result. However stranger things have happened in Irish politics.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The late PJ Mara knew that a general election was more than just one contest. His formula for Fianna Fáil was to view it as 41 separate contests: a na(...)

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail – are stating their positions and their policies in language which avoids, like the plague, the shorthand words that have been traditionally, and correctly, used to express the ideological divide in democratic politics: left and right. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Now that the starting gun has been officially fired for the 2016 general election, two significant trends have emerged which, taken together, indicate(...)

Exploring Ireland’s postcolonial archictural identity: architect John McLaughlin and academic Gary Boyd. Photograph: Alice Clancy

While a Modernist revival arose during the Tiger’s cub years, fostered by the new breed of architecture, Ireland is not often associated with the ori(...)