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(...)

Copy of the 1916 Proclamation reputedly taken out of the GPO by James Ryan. It is due to be auctioned in Dublin in April.

A copy of the 1916 Proclamation, reputedly salvaged from the burning ruins of the GPO by the medical officer to the rebels, has come to light and is t(...)

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin speaking at the party’s Ard Fheis, at Citywest, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Micheál Martin was somewhere between delighted and terrified. The half smile on his face, perhaps suppressing a full beam lest those watching at hom(...)

Emma Coffey at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis at Citywest, Dublin. “I cannot definitively rule out a coalition with Fine Gael.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Delegates at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis differed on whether the party should go into coalition with Fine Gael after the general election. But there wa(...)

Brian Cowen served as taoiseach from May 2008 to March 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Department of the Taoiseach has yet to give the go-ahead for an official portrait of former taoiseach Brian Cowen, almost five years after he left(...)

Thomas “Slab” Murphy: got the bulk of the IRA in south Armagh over the line. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin’s backing of Thomas “Slab” Murphy will be seized upon by politicians from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour, DUP, Ulster Unionist, SDLP and oth(...)

 John O’Leary entering Leinster house in 1967. File photograph: Jimmy McCormack/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry South and minister of state John O’Leary has died aged 82. He represented Kerry South from 1966 to 1997, holding the r(...)

Sean Lemass, out walking on Easter Monday, was told by other youngsters that the Rising had started. The next day the 16-year-old Lemass was given a shotgun and took position on the roof of the GPO

The Easter Rising was overwhelmingly a young people’s revolution. As well as the hundreds of fighters in their late teens and early 20s, many teenager(...)

A panel discussion with Roy Foster, Louise Ryan, Maurice Walsh and Diarmaid Ferriter takes place at the London Irish Centre on September 2nd.

In his political memoir, Conduct Unbecoming, founder of the now defunct Progressive Democrats Des O’Malley churns out a familiar myth still prevalent (...)