Elegant and bright eyed: Máire Mhac an tSaoi. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

You don’t go lightly into an interview with an intellect of Máire Mhac an tSaoi’s calibre. You begin to read . . . and six hours later you are still r(...)

Gerry Adams TD with Pearse Doherty TD and Mary Lou McDonald TD arriving at the Sinn Féin ardfheis in the TF Royal Hotel and Theatre, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Analysis:  In 1926, Éamon de Valera found himself on the wrong side of a narrowly decided vote by Sinn Féin to continue its policy of abstenti(...)