Liam Ó Murchú made people who had little knowledge of Irish believe they did have the language. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Liam Ó Murchú, who has died aged 86, was widely known as a TV broadcaster and author but will be best remembered as a champion of the Irish language. (...)

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Church, State and marriage

As debate on the marriage-equality referendum continues it is relevant to remember that, in one of the unreported conflicts in this area, Catholic pre(...)

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(...)

Former minister for finance Ernest Blythe who, in a previous era of austerity, cut the old-age pension still found public funds to translate Dracula i(...)

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”.(...)

Student nurses are given the BCG vaccine in 1958. Photograph: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Tuberculosis was a diagnosis peculiarly dreaded in Ireland for much of the 20th century. There was a stigma attached to sufferers: it seemed to run(...)

Some of those who qualified for the top rate like Frank Aiken 
and Frank Aiken
were also in receipt of substantial State salaries as ministers and TDs

The maximum military service pension amounted to a significant income in the 1920s and 1930s. The huge number of people that applied for the pension i(...)

Inside the GPO, Easter Week 1916. Photograph: Defence Forces Military Archives.

The myriad of personal stories contained in the Military Service Pensions Collection will open a new window on the 1916 to 1923 period in Irish histor(...)

Young Irish historians have done much in recent years to exploit the release of an abundance of archival material covering Irish politics from the 192(...)