A culture of cronyism

As a Cabinet reshuffle approaches and Ministers fear for their futures, they would be well advised to leave any filling of vacancies on State boards t(...)

Nowhere has the impact of recession been more keenly felt in than in the high numbers of Irish households where no one is working. Nearly one quarter (...)

Frank Aiken as minister for external affairs at the United Nations

On February 13th, 1973 Fianna Fáil leader Jack Lynch announced the sudden retirement of Frank Aiken from politics on the grounds of “doctors’ orders”.(...)

The choice of Athlone and Waterford was based on these areas having a particularly difficult time with job losses between 2008 and 2010, said the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton when announcing the two projects.

I encountered a full-on blast from the past last week reading that IDA Ireland had signed contracts to build two “advanced technology buildings” in th(...)

Irish blues guitarist Rory Gallagher performing at the Rainbow Theatre in  London in  1972. File Photograph:  Debi Doss/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A campaign to rename Cork International Airport in honour of Irish blues legend Rory Gallagher is continuing to gain momentum, with over 10,000(...)

Rural development means different things to different people. For farming organisations, it has meant securing the maximum amount of funding fr(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was addressing delegates at the party’s selection convention for the Ireland South European constituency

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told party members that Ireland needs the party “now more than ever”. Addressing delegates at the p(...)

Declan Costello, second from right at back, attorney general in 1973. Photograph: Pat Langan

Fifty years ago a politician published a manifesto which, if implemented, would have changed the nature of Irish society, would have defied the(...)

MV Naomh Éanna, the CIÉ transport ship that serviced the Aran islands for years, is awaiting scrappage at Grand Canal  Docks in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Joyce’s Ulysses publisher Sylvia Beach and writers Brendan Behan and Breandán Ó hÉithir were among the many who travelled and reminisced about travell(...)

Former taoiseach Seán Lemass: first received annual military pension of £99.16 in May 1943 while a minister in the wartime government of Éamon de Valera. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Charles Haughey was paid the outstanding money from the military pension of Seán Lemass’s widow Kathleen after she died. Mrs Lemass received a pension(...)